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over recent years college debt has increased at a growing rate with the federal reserve currently reporting the average amount of college debt to be $32,731. of those who owe education debt, 10.3% are reported to be behind on their payments. the level of debt and negative impact to credit for those who default is a major burden to student’s financial security after graduation and their piece of mind.

ohio christian university, as a christian institution, has a goal not only of education but also to instill principles of biblical stewardship into our students. additionally, the university wants to ensure students are able to pursue their callings after graduation without financial restriction. to advance these goals, ohio christian recently partnered with ardeo education solutions to offer the payback promise loan repayment assistance program to all incoming traditional undergraduate students.

“when we are dealing with our type of student,” said vice president of enrollment kevin jones, “a lot of ministry and education majors, there is a fear that the job they feel called for isn’t going to provide enough for them to pay back their loan. so, this is a way for us to guarantee it.”

payback promise program acts as a safety net that helps students repay federal, private, and parent plus loans if they make under $45,000 after graduating from ohio christian. the level of assistance received is determined on a sliding scale, with graduates who make under $20,000 eligible for full reimbursement. the payback promise reimburses graduates quarterly for payments they have made towards their loan as long as they are working full time.

“students need to realize that they still need to repay their loans,” said director of financial aid allison browning. “it’s not just a free-for-all that we are going to pay back all of your loans with the payback promise.”

both jones and browning said they believe the program will improve loan repayment rates because while it doesn’t take away the responsibility to pay, it does ease concerns about balancing their dream job with managing loan payments and living expenses.  

“i think students won’t be as intimidated about the repayment process if they know that there is help available,” browning said.

the payback promise program covers students in any major and sets ohio christian apart from other universities in its commitment to support students even after graduation.

“we’re the only school in ohio that does this for all our [traditional] students coming in,” jones said. “it’s something that is completely free for the student. it’s not free for us but we think it’s a good investment.”

 

 

articles of interest

Orientation staff

incoming campus students attend summer orientation

Orientation staff

published: july 13, 2020

on july 10th, ohio christian university welcomed 62 incoming students to campus for the first orientation day of the summer. orientation days are for incoming students to the undergraduate campus program to register for classes and prepare for their first semester on campus. ocu had several covid-19 procedures in place including taking temperatures, requiring masks, social distancing guidelines, and hand sanitizing stations to help ensure the safety of everyone on campus. ocu president dr. jon s. kulaga welcomed the students and encouraged them to be part of god’s story. students and
on july 10th, ohio christian university welcomed 62 incoming students to campus for the first orientation day of the summer. orientation days are for incoming students to the undergraduate campus program to register for classes and prepare for their first semester on campus. ocu had several covid-19 procedures in place including taking temperatures, requiring masks, social distancing
on july 10th, ohio christian university welcomed 62 incoming students to campus for the first orientation day of the summer. orientation days are for incoming students to the undergraduate campus
CampusvisitsArticle Photo

prospective students have many options to experience campus this summer

CampusvisitsArticle Photo

published: june 4, 2020

ohio christian university is excited to offer several options to connect with prospective students of our undergraduate campus program over the summer and help them experience ocu: option 1: individual campus visits ohio christian university is now open for prospective students to visit campus. the university has social distancing procedures in place to help everyone on campus stay safe. learn more. option 2: virtual preview day join us for a virtual preview day on friday, june 26th! learn why students choose ocu, ask our panelists questions, virtually tour campus, win prizes,
ohio christian university is excited to offer several options to connect with prospective students of our undergraduate campus program over the summer and help them experience ocu: option 1: individual campus visits ohio christian university is now open for prospective students to visit campus. the university has social distancing procedures in place to help everyone on campus stay safe. 
ohio christian university is excited to offer several options to connect with prospective students of our undergraduate campus program over the summer and help them experience ocu: option 1:
Summer Institute

summer institute to offer new online courses and certificates

Summer Institute

published: may 5, 2020

ohio christian university’s summer institute provides the opportunity for professionals, k-12 teachers, professors, university students, and high school students to complete online graduate or undergraduate level courses at a reduced rate.  ocu is also introducing ten new stand-alone certificate programs as part of the summer institute for anyone interested in furthering his or her skills in an area. most courses begin june 1, 2020. graduate level courses for teachers and professors these courses are designed to help k-12 and undergraduate instructors work towards a graduate degree.
ohio christian university’s summer institute provides the opportunity for professionals, k-12 teachers, professors, university students, and high school students to complete online graduate or undergraduate level courses at a reduced rate.  ocu is also introducing ten new stand-alone certificate programs as part of the summer institute for anyone interested in furthering his or her skills in
ohio christian university’s summer institute provides the opportunity for professionals, k-12 teachers, professors, university students, and high school students to complete online graduate or
Lauren Ray Highlight

alumni spotlight: lauren ray

Lauren Ray Highlight

published: april 26, 2020

circleville, oh – a familiar face is once again killing it for ohio christian university, only this time her impact is being seen off the court. lauren ray, a 2018 emergency and disaster management graduate of ocu, currently serves as the assistant director of student life – housing and discipline, a role she took over earlier this year. lady trailblazer volleyball fans will remember lauren as a key member of the program, playing for the team for three seasons (2015-17). originally from canal winchester, oh, lauren transferred into ocu following her freshman year at ohio university,
circleville, oh – a familiar face is once again killing it for ohio christian university, only this time her impact is being seen off the court. lauren ray, a 2018 emergency and disaster management graduate of ocu, currently serves as the assistant director of student life – housing and discipline, a role she took over earlier this year. lady trailblazer volleyball fans will remember lauren
circleville, oh – a familiar face is once again killing it for ohio christian university, only this time her impact is being seen off the court. lauren ray, a 2018 emergency and disaster management
Online Emergency & Disaster Management Program Ranked #2 in the Country image

Online Emergency & Disaster Management Program Ranked #2 in the Country

Online Emergency & Disaster Management Program Ranked #2 in the Country image

published: march 18, 2020

ohio christian university’s online bachelor of arts in emergency
ohio christian university’s online bachelor of arts in emergency
ohio christian university’s online bachelor of arts in emergency

archived articles of interest

behind the scenes: inside festival of carols image

behind the scenes: inside festival of carols

behind the scenes: inside festival of carols image

published: december 3, 2018

by amber ginter ‘19 behind the scenes, behind the curtains of this year’s festival of carols, the perspective is different for the eyes of this observer, who happens to be part of the creative moment team.  the choirs warm their vocal cords until their voices float in glorious harmonies across the auditorium. the actors labor in hectic preparation to perform with excellence and seeming effortlessness. learning choreography with live choirs singing was a challenge that movements from the heart (mfth), the creative movement team, met in the practice time afforded before the first
by amber ginter ‘19 behind the scenes, behind the curtains of this year’s festival of carols, the perspective is different for the eyes of this observer, who happens to be part of the creative moment team.  the choirs warm their vocal cords until their voices float in glorious harmonies across the auditorium. the actors labor in hectic preparation to perform with excellence and seeming
by amber ginter ‘19 behind the scenes, behind the curtains of this year’s festival of carols, the perspective is different for the eyes of this observer, who happens to be part of the creative
hands-on teaching: ocu professor keeps science 'fun' image

hands-on teaching: ocu professor keeps science 'fun'

hands-on teaching: ocu professor keeps science 'fun' image

published: november 19, 2018

by steven collins, senior reporter, circleville herald photo by nancy radcliff, chief photographer​, circleville herald circleville herald, november 14, 2018 when teaching, rolanda hurtt believes a hands-on approach is a way to keep both students and teachers interested and engaged. hurtt, an affiliate professor in the teacher education department at ohio christian university, shares her hands-on approach with her students who can then pass it on to their students once they are in the classroom. “we always try to have fun,” she said. “i want my students at ocu to enjoy what we’re
by steven collins, senior reporter, circleville herald photo by nancy radcliff, chief photographer​, circleville herald circleville herald, november 14, 2018 when teaching, rolanda hurtt believes a hands-on approach is a way to keep both students and teachers interested and engaged. hurtt, an affiliate professor in the teacher education department at ohio christian university, shares her
by steven collins, senior reporter, circleville herald photo by nancy radcliff, chief photographer​, circleville herald circleville herald, november 14, 2018 when teaching, rolanda hurtt believes
trunk-or-treat brings big smiles! image

trunk-or-treat brings big smiles!

trunk-or-treat brings big smiles! image

published: november 5, 2018

ohio christian university's maxwell center parking lot was filled with hundreds of smiling trunk-or-treaters on october 23 as the university hosted many neighbors and friends at its annual halloween fun fest. as ever, the children showed delight in the trunk-or-treat destinations and games, engendering another memorable time for the young-at-heart. families moved about the parking lot lined with cars with halloween-style decorated trunks, collecting candy and playing games. ocu students, staff, and faculty enjoy bringing this happy and safe experience to the pickaway county community
ohio christian university's maxwell center parking lot was filled with hundreds of smiling trunk-or-treaters on october 23 as the university hosted many neighbors and friends at its annual halloween fun fest. as ever, the children showed delight in the trunk-or-treat destinations and games, engendering another memorable time for the young-at-heart. families moved about the parking lot lined
ohio christian university's maxwell center parking lot was filled with hundreds of smiling trunk-or-treaters on october 23 as the university hosted many neighbors and friends at its annual
psychology department offers new degree in human services image

psychology department offers new degree in human services

psychology department offers new degree in human services image

published: november 1, 2018

ohio christian university (ocu) has launched a new bachelor of art in human services in response to demand from students in the school of adult
ohio christian university (ocu) has launched a new bachelor of art in human services in response to demand from students in the school of adult
ohio christian university (ocu) has launched a new bachelor of art in human services in response to demand from students in the school of adult
Caleb Friedeman - Religion Professor

faculty profile: dr. caleb friedeman

Caleb Friedeman - Religion Professor

published: november 1, 2018

dr. caleb t. friedeman recently joined ohio christian university’s religion department as assistant professor of biblical studies. a disciple of jesus christ with a passion to serve the church as a pastor-theologian, friedeman brings to the department the heart of a pastor and the mind of a scholar. friedeman holds a b.a. in ancient languages from asbury university, an m.a. in biblical literature from wesley biblical seminary, and a ph.d. in biblical theology (new testament) from wheaton college. his doctoral dissertation focused on the christology of luke chapters 1 and 2 and its
dr. caleb t. friedeman recently joined ohio christian university’s religion department as assistant professor of biblical studies. a disciple of jesus christ with a passion to serve the church as a pastor-theologian, friedeman brings to the department the heart of a pastor and the mind of a scholar. friedeman holds a b.a. in ancient languages from asbury university, an m.a. in biblical
dr. caleb t. friedeman recently joined ohio christian university’s religion department as assistant professor of biblical studies. a disciple of jesus christ with a passion to serve the church as a