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.
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.
- Ohio State’s Access Initiative: Ohio State believes college can be a reality for everyone, no matter your income or background. It’s a matter of finding good information, the right people to help, and planning wisely.