New student aid program for commercial truck drivers accepting applications

The Ohio Commercial Truck Driver Student Assistance Program is now accepting applications.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education says more than $ 5 million is available to promote and encourage job growth for Ohio commercial drivers.

Details are in the following press release from the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

Ohio students seeking a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) now have the option of receiving financial assistance through a new program announced today by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE).

The Commercial Truck Driver Student Assistance Program aims to promote and encourage job growth for Ohio commercial drivers through educational training in programs related to employment opportunities. Funds awarded to eligible institutions through a competitive application process will be provided in the form of scholarships and loans to students who enroll in approved CDL training programs at those institutions. The student aid program was originally enacted in the biennial state budget bill (HB110), with additional program parameters set out in SB166, signed by Governor DeWine last month.

“Commercial truck drivers are a vital part of Ohio’s economy, and this program will help grow this in-demand profession,” ODHE Chancellor Randy Gardner said. “I am grateful for the leadership of Governor DeWine and the General Assembly in addressing this critical need and providing the funding to help Ohio students succeed.”

Students receiving funds to complete a CDL program must commit to residing and working in Ohio for at least one year upon completion of the program. Total funding of $ 5 million is available under the program over the next two years, and eligible institutions can request a maximum of $ 200,000 per year to support their CDL programs.

The application period for institutions opens today. Application documents are available on the ODHE website at https://www.ohiohighered.org/cdl.