Whether it’s scholarships, grants, work-study or connecting students to federal or state aid, Ohio State has many resources and ways to help eligible students and their families pay for the overall cost of attending college.
Financial aid can come from Ohio State, federal and state government, and private sources, and includes:
Should you apply for financial aid?
Yes, assuming you’re a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident. Applying for financial aid is the best way to get help with paying for college.
Even if you don’t end up qualifying for need-based aid (aid that goes to students with the most financial need), you’ll still be considered for other scholarships, loans, grants and employment opportunities. Pro tip: Federal student loans are often a better option for families than the ones you’d receive from private sources like banks.
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To be considered for the most aid, submit the FAFSA and ScholarshipUniverse applications by February 15 March 15.
Have additional questions (or just want to talk to a human)?
Our helpful Buckeye Link staff can help you determine whether you qualify for aid and to successfully apply for it.
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What's Buckeye Link?
Buckeye Link is where Ohio State students go to take care of business, like managing aid, paying tuition, registering for classes, and much more. It's both a self-service website and a physical location with staff to assist you.