PLUS Program Affordability
The PLUS Program reflects the University’s commitment to affordability.
COST OF PLUS PROGRAM SERVICES FOR 2022-2023
Each student may select the level of service that best meets his or her unique learning needs. Each level of service has a specific fee which is added to the student’s Muskingum University bill and may be calculated into the student’s financial need.
- Premier – $4,085 per semester – comprehensive academic support – up to 5 hours per week
- Select – $2,450 per semester – less frequent academic support – up to 3 hours per week
- Transitions – $1,350 per semester – support for transition from high school to college OR college to career – up to 1.5 hours per week
- Connections – $2,450 per semester – communication and social skills support – up to 3 hours per week
* Students who need academic and communication skills support can "Bundle" Connections and Select – $4,750 per semester – up to 6 hours per week.
The PLUS Opportunity Award is a need-based scholarship to support students with financial needs in accessing the PLUS Program Services at the Premier or "Bundle" -level of support. The PLUS Opportunity Award may be up to $2000 per semester.
To be considered for the PLUS Opportunity Award, students must meet the following criteria:
- Be accepted to Muskingum University
- Earned at least a high school GPA of 2.75
- Be accepted to the PLUS Program
- Select Premier or "Bundle"-level of PLUS services
- File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) by February 1
PLUS Program students may receive this scholarship for up to three years if they:
- Receive Premier or "Bundle" -level of PLUS services
- Maintain at least a cumulative and semester GPA of 2.0
- Earn at least 12 credit hours per semester
To apply for the PLUS Opportunity Award, an application should be submitted by March 1 for priority consideration. However, applications will continue to be received until May 1. For more information about this and other scholarships, visit the Student Financial Services website.
STATE OF OHIO SUPPORT
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is the state agency that helps individuals with disabilities get and keep careers. OOD serves individuals with physical, intellectual, and sensory disabilities as well as mental health disabilities. Further information about OOD and its services is available at www.ood.ohio.gov. Call 740-453-0673 to talk with OOD about getting started. Or, to start the process online, visit www.OODWorks.com.
On August 24, 2022, Ohio Governor DeWine announced $2 million in additional support available for college students with disabilities. To qualify for this support, college students with disabilities must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and apply and be eligible for OOD services. OOD will support eligible students with disabilities with up to $1,000 while participating in OOD services, distributed evenly each academic term of this school year, toward tuition or educational expenses regardless of the student’s financial status.
Every state has an agency that supports individuals with disabilities in obtaining employment and the necessary training and support for employment. Students who live in a state other than Ohio should seek out the vocational rehabilitation agency in their state or ask their high school counselor for more information.
STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA SUPPORT
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has designated the PLUS Program as a provider for Pennsylvania residents to “help persons with disabilities to prepare for, obtain or maintain employment.” Students need to complete the OVR process to receive support AND be accepted to Muskingum University and the PLUS Program. To apply for OVR services, contact the OVR District Office that serves your county.
STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA SUPPORT
The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) assists West Virginia residents with disabilities to prepare for, obtain, regain, maintain or advance in employment. To apply for DRS services, contact the local DRS office in your area.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM OTHER STATES
The federal Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) provides leadership and resources to assist state agencies in providing vocational rehabilitation to individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence, and integration into the community and the competitive labor market. RSA provides grants to state vocational rehabilitation agencies which administer state vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities. Connect with your state’s vocational rehabilitation agency to apply for services.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT AFFORDABILITY
Please view these Muskingum University websites: