Federal and State Financial Aid
Students may be eligible for a variety of grants and scholarships including Pell Grants and Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grants. Get more information on federal financial aid.
Financial Aid Eligibility
Students attending Meridian may be eligible to receive federal financial aid from the Department of Education if they:
- Demonstrate financial need
- Have received a high school diploma or an equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or completed secondary school in a home-school setting
- Be enrolled as a regular student seeking a degree or certificate in a daytime program that is more than 600 clock hours
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Sign the statement of educational purpose and a certification statement on overpayment and default included in the FAFSA
- Register with the selective service if required
- Make satisfactory progress
- Demonstrate eligibility
Meridian Technology Center does not have any influence on a student’s financial aid eligibility. An individual’s financial aid eligibility calculation considers several components, which includes financial need, the difference between direct educational expenses and family contribution, and earned income from the previous tax year. Family contribution equals parental contribution for dependent students in conjunction with the student’s contribution.
Estimate Your Financial Aid Eligibility
The net price calculator provides a preliminary estimate of federal and institutional aid eligibility. The estimates are based on the award policies of the current academic year and are subject to change.
In order to use the calculator, you will need information about your income, taxes and some other financial obligations. In addition, you will need information about your assets, including savings, investments, home equity, and any other assets you may have.
How to Apply for Federal Financial Aid
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to apply for all types of financial aid. If you are an Oklahoma resident, you may also be considered for the Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant (OTAG) program. This form is available beginning early February each year. Federal student loans are not available for career training at Meridian. Learn more about the steps for applying.
When You Can Expect To Receive Your Financial Aid
Pell Grants are disbursed on the 15th and 30th of the month. Students who are eligible for disbursements three working days prior to the 15th will receive their disbursement on the 15th. Students who are eligible three working days prior to the 30th will receive the disbursement on the 30th.
Disbursements will be paid based on the availability of funds from the U.S. Department of Education. Recipients will receive a memo from the Financial Aid Office when disbursement to the student’s account has occurred.
Funds in excess of tuition and/or books/supplies previously deferred are paid in the form of a check to the eligible recipient. If there are excess funds, the student will be notified that these funds are available. After receiving notification, a recipient should take photo identification with a signature to the Bursar’s window at Meridian to receive the refund check.
COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant for Adult Students
Emergency assistance grants are now available to Meridian students as part of the CARES Act relief funding. These grants are made available to our adult students that have been economically impacted and have incurred financial hardship by the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more and apply here.