Undergraduate Admissions


Financial aid 101

Your college education is one of the most important investments your family will make and Ohio State gives you an outstanding return on your tuition investment. Many students rely on financial aid to reach their goal of a college education. Read on for resources that can help you plan!

Priority dates and deadlines

Ohio State’s financial aid and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) priority date is February 15 for freshmen applicants to the Columbus campus. See deadlines for transfer and international students. Ohio State's FAFSA code is 003090.

Financial aid

Although you and your family are expected to contribute as much as you can toward expenses (from income, savings and other assets), financial aid can help you bridge the gap between your resources and the cost of your education. In fact, over two-thirds of our students receive some form of financial aid.

For more information, visit the Student Financial Aid website. If you have questions, contact the Student Service Center to talk to a financial aid expert.

Types of financial aid

Financial aid comes in four different forms. Your financial aid package may include one or more of the following aid programs to help finance your education.

Financial aid timeline

We’ve listed some of the important steps in the process so you’ll know what to expect.

Net price calculator and financial aid estimator

Use Ohio State's Net Price Calculator to make an early estimate of your total annual cost of attending Ohio State and eligibility for financial aid.

Finding student employment

Looking for work on or off campus? Student Financial Aid maintains postings for both work-study and non-work study jobs. Explore student jobs (click on Student Employment Opportunities).

Tuition and fees

Ohio State is one of the best values among top-ranked public universities. Search our tuition and fee charts.

Early college planning

You'll benefit from planning early! Start with these resources:

  • Ohio Means Success: Site helps guide the decision-making process for students and families exploring their many opportunities. Categories include: Find a College, Prepare for College, Pay for College and Find a Career.
  • College Board: The "Plan for College" section kicks off with a high school action plan.
  • FinAid: This comprehensive source of financial aid information includes a scholarship search tool and clear description of loans.
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