Programs & Services

Need help with student loans or
starting back to school?


Need help retaining
your best talent?


College Now has a team of advisors specially trained to meet the needs of adults. Adults pursuing higher education face a unique set of obstacles, and College Now provides guidance and support in finding a career, choosing and enrolling in an education program, and securing financial aid. We also help adults to enroll in Federal Student Loan Forgiveness programs so clients can learn to manage their student loans with the best possible repayment plan. All services are FREE to the client.“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X



Student loan debt has risen nationally to over $1.4 trillion. 68% of 2015 bachelor’s degree recipients carry student loan debt, with the average borrower owing $30,100. Students who have defaulted on student loans are unable to apply for financial aid which makes going back to school nearly impossible. College Now can explain the process and help complete the applications for loan rehabilitation counseling on repayment and consolidation options for students in default. In addition, College Now counsels clients on the different types of loan consolidations, loan restructuring and loan forgiveness programs for Federal Student Loans and then assists with the various applications. We have helped over 1,000 adults achieve a grand total of $100 million in student loan forgiveness!


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Retaining your talented employees is the best way to save on hiring and training costs. Developing their talent is one great way to retain them. Bring College Now to your workplace to provide expert guidance to those who desire to advance their educations and careers. We get to know your culture, the positions that you need to fill, and your tuition reimbursement plan to guide employees toward those pathways using our years of experience with adults and higher education.

Many degreed employees struggle with paying their student loans. We are student loan repayment experts who can guide your employees to the best repayment options for them. We have provided caring, confidential, individual advice to thousands of employees at University Hospitals, the Cuyahoga County, MetroHealth Medical Center and Cleveland Metropolitan School District, saving them an estimated $100 million!



College Now has partnered with Cleveland State University (CSU) to help their former students to (Re)connect to College. CSU provides College Now with a list of students who left without completing their degree, and College Now reaches out to those students to offer them guidance and support to complete their degrees. College Now helps students secure financial aid and resolve any past due balances owed to the college. Once the “comebacker” is prepared to return, CSU provides individualized academic support and coaching to get them to the finish line. (Re)Connect is succeeding: In the 2017-2018 academic year, 230 students reenrolled and 11 graduated in December 2017!

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela



College Now offers renewable scholarships and retention services that are critical for first-generation students and students from low-income backgrounds to access and complete a postsecondary credential. In 2014-2015, 150 adults received nearly $280,000 in renewable College Now scholarships that averaged $1,950 per student. College Now’s adult learner scholarship recipients graduate at significantly higher rates (64 percent in 2014) (NSC, 2015) than the national average of all low-income graduates (9 percent) (The Pell Institute, 2015).

The Adult Learner Scholarship has a rolling application and is open to adults 19 and over who have discontinued their education for more than one year and are residents of the following Northeast Ohio Counties: Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit or Trumbull. Applicants must qualify for the Federal Pell Grant and plan to take at least six credit hours at a public or private not-for profit institution.

You can find more scholarships, as well as an outside scholarship database, under our ‘Find Scholarships’ Tab.



For Greater Cleveland residents, find more information by calling the Resource Center at 216.635.0151 or emailing Our health and safety protocols for our in-person Resource Center appointments can be found here.

For Summit County residents, find more information by calling the College Now Akron Resource Center at 330.972.6425.