updated May 2013
return to the Gateway Award Program page.
How can I be considered for the Gateway Award Program?
Apply for admission and be admitted to Ohio University by May 1, 2013 (deadline extended!), to be considered for this program. For both grant awards, the results of the FAFSA must be received by Ohio University on or before March 15, 2013. To meet this deadline, complete and submit the FAFSA by February 15, 2013. No separate form is required.
How are the Gateway Scholarship and the Gateway Grant awarded?
Gateway Excellence Scholarships and Gateway Scholarships will be awarded according to the chart on the Gateway Award Program page. As Gateway Grant amounts vary and are dependent on results from the FAFSA, grant amounts will be available through official award letters, mailed in early April.
How will Ohio University determine the test score used for award consideration?
The highest g.p.a. (weighted or unweighted, standardized to 4.0 scale) and test score (from any test date) on file as of May 1, 2013 (deadline extended!), will be used to determine eligibility. For ACT scores, the composite will be used. For SAT scores, the highest combined math and critical reading scores will be used. Writing test scores will not be factored into consideration for the Gateway Award Program.
How will I find out if I have received a Gateway Award?
You will be notified via mail when you have been awarded one of the scholarships or the Trustee Award. If you are awarded one of the grants, you will be notified in your official financial aid award letter, which will be mailed beginning in early April by the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships to all students receiving Gateway Awards and any other institutional, state or federal financial assistance.
If my award letter indicates that I have received a Gateway Award, how will I accept it?
Award recipients must submit their housing contracts (or housing exemption form) and housing deposit on or before June 1, 2013 (deadline extended!), to receive the award. Program funding for recipients who submit their housing contracts and deposits after June 1, 2013, will be contingent on availability.
My family was not planning to submit a FAFSA because we did not expect to qualify for Federal Aid. Should I still submit a FAFSA?
Yes. Ohio University must receive your FAFSA results by March 15, 2013, if you would like to be considered for the Gateway grants. Admitted students whose FAFSA results have not been received by March 15, 2013, will not be considered for any of the grants.
My family will not complete our 2012 taxes before February 15, 2013. Should I still submit the FAFSA to be considered for this program?
Yes. You can use estimated income from 2012 and then update the data after your tax information is complete.
What is the Gateway Trustee Award?
Because Ohio University does not receive state subsidy for non-Ohio resident students, a surcharge is assessed for all non-resident students. As part of the Gateway Award Program, eligible recipients will receive a discount of a portion of the non-resident surcharge. This award is also known as the non-resident surcharge discount.
I am not an Ohio resident. Which awards can I be considered for?
Out of state students are eligible to be considered for all of the awards in the Gateway Award Program, including the Gateway Trustee Award.
I have already received a letter indicating that I have been awarded a different scholarship. How does the Gateway Award Program affect me?
Students participating in the Ohio University Educational Benefits Program and recipients of the Appalachian Scholars Award, Urban Scholars Award or a full athletic scholarship are not eligible to be considered for the Gateway Award Program. Recipients of the Templeton Scholars Award, King/Chavez/Parks Award or OU Incentive Award are eligible to be considered for the Gateway Trustee Award only. Recipients of the District of Columbia (D.C.) Tuition Assistance Grant or the OHIO Next Generation Award, which covers non-resident fees, are not eligible for the Gateway Trustee Award. Additional restrictions may apply, and the program is subject to change.
Which awards are renewable and what are the renewal criteria?
All of the awards are renewable. Please see the Gateway Renewal page for details on renewal criteria.
Are other forms of financial assistance available?
Yes. Award letters, which will be mailed beginning in early April, will include any awards for the Gateway Award Program and any other institutional, state and/or federal aid for which you may qualify.