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Financial aid helps students and families meet educational expenses that cannot be met through their own resources. Financial aid can be either need-based or non-need-based. To be considered eligible to receive financial assistance, you must file the current year FAFSA at to begin the financial aid process. The results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), along with the cost-of-attendance, will determine whether or not there is financial need.

If you are eligible, the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships will notify you after a financial aid award offer has been prepared. The online award offer and status of the FAFSA application may be viewed on your My OHIO Student Center Accounts tab at the My OHIO Portal.

Bachelor’s Completion Programs – Community College Partners

If you are pursuing a bachelor’s completion program in conjunction with a Community College Partner, you will be required to complete a consortium agreement if you are planning dual enrollment for the same term. A consortium agreement is a contract between the student, Ohio University, and the Host (Partner) Institution. The consortium agreement must be submitted by the deadline listed on the agreement for the term you intend to dual enroll.

You must complete both of these documents and follow the instructions for submission if you will be receiving financial aid for the online bachelor's degree completion program and plan dual enrollment.

(1) Please read, sign, and submit the 2014-2015 Consortium Agreement Policy to the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships. You only will need to submit this form once for the 2013-2014 academic year.

(2) Please read, complete, sign, and then submit the Consortium Agreement Form for 2014-2015 to your academic advisor.






Summer 2014 April 18, 2014
Fall 2014 August 8, 2014
Spring 2015 December 19th, 2014


Submit this form by the above date to avoid a delay in the processing of your financial aid.

Flexible Courses and Special Projects

Financial aid generally covers the cost of tuition, textbooks, database fees, and technology fees for print-based courses and special projects.

If you indicate nonterm courses are part of the course enrollment plan, the financial award offer is adjusted to reflect the eligibility for non-term courses.  Please review the Financial Aid Information for Print-Based Courses.

Veterans Administration Educational Benefits

If you are currently serving or have retired from the military, you or your spouse may be able to use funding through the GI Bill.

To Begin Utilizing Your VA Educational Benefits


  • If you are a first time student using your VA benefits, please complete the online application at
  • Send a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility, which shows you have been approved for funding, to:

Veterans Coordinator
Office of the University Registrar
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701


If you do not already have a copy, you will receive the Certificate in 6-8 weeks from the Veteran Affairs Office upon their receipt of your application for educational benefits. Ohio University does not receive a copy from the VA.

More Information About Financial Aid

You can learn more about financial aid at Ohio University at Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, and by reading the questions and answers below.

To learn more about the topic of financial aid and how to calculate how much school will cost, how much you need to save and how much aid you'll need, visit You can also find a Net Price Calculator on our Web site.

The Ohio University Office of the Bursar also offers a Monthly Payment Plan. This interest-free payment plan is available to students for a non-refundable application fee per term. For more information and/or to apply, visit the Bursar's website at: Bursar.

Students enrolled in online graduate degree programs may be eligible for Stafford Loans by completing the FAFSA at The Ohio University School Code is 003100.

Frequent Questions

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When will I receive a refund, if applicable?



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