TUITION, PAYMENT, AND FINANCIAL AID
Tuition and fees at Ohio University are dependent on several things:
- Ohio or non-Ohio residency
- the number of credit hours for which you are registered in the term
- the campus from which the course is scheduled
- if you are enrolled in a distance learning ONLY degree program (bachelor completion programs)
- if the course is undergraduate or graduate level
Tuition and fees for classes scheduled from Athens and regional campuses are available from the Bursar. ANY distance learning student may register for these class sections, designated in Course Offerings as sections 100 - 999.
Courses listed under sections beginning with 0 - 99 are reserved for online learning degree students.
Tuition for online learning degree courses is $240 per semester hour for Ohio residents and $243 per semester hour for non-Ohio residents. This information also is available from the Bursar.
Tuition for Flexible Courses
Tuition for print-based classes is $219 per credit hour for Ohio residents and $222 per credit hour for non-Ohio residents. Students in print-based courses also will be assessed a $20 course guide fee.
Tuition for independent study portfolio is $108 per credit hour for Ohio residents and $111 per credit hour for non-Ohio residents. Students participating in independent study portfolio will be assessed a $17 per hour individualized course fee.
Tuition for course credit by examination is $108 per credit hour for Ohio residents and $111 per credit hour for non-Ohio residents.
To learn more about flexible courses, such as print-based classes, course credit by examination, or independent study projects, click here.
A student information system and network fee is assessed each term and varies depending on full-time ($33) or part-time (based on hours) status. Visit the Bursar's site for more information.
The Ohio University Tuition Estimator is a tool you can use to approximate the cost of tuition and fees per semester. This tool is available on the Office of the Bursar’s tuition and fees page. Special eCampus rates are not included in the estimate. However, students who are taking online courses scheduled from the Athens Campus or one of the regional campuses can get an idea of how much their tuition and fees will be.
Several payment options are available and described HERE.
A payment plan is offered HERE.
Payment for Flexible Courses
All fees must be paid at the time you enroll. If you are enrolled at any campus of Ohio University, the comprehensive fee does not cover tuition and fees for flexible courses. You must pay the enrollment tuition and fees separately.
Students participating in flexible courses cannot participate in the payment plan offered by the Bursar’s Office.
Noncredit Payment Information
Please browse our courses to see what we have to offer at: www.ohio.edu/ecampus/community/prep.htm
. Programs vary from $100 for an individual course up to $1,900 for a full certificate program. Please review course descriptions for material and instructional fees. Payment is expected at the time of registration. If your company will be paying for the course or you have qualified for aid, please email (firstname.lastname@example.org
) or fax (740.597.3005) a copy of your approval forms to our office. You cannot begin your course until we receive payment or assurance of payment. Payment methods accepted online are VISA, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover, as well as echeck.
Visit the Bursar Web site for additional information, including tax benefits for education.
Please review important loan changes effective 7/1/2012 from the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships. Go to www.ohio.edu/financialaid – select “Important Links” – “Federal Loan Changes.”
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 www.fafsa.ed.gov 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.
After you have applied to a program and been admitted, if you are eligible for financial aid at Ohio University, 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.
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 finaid.org.
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 www.fafsa.ed.gov. The Ohio University School Code is 003100.
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.
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There are three 5-week Sessions per semester. A traditional “term” is considered a semester at the University and is 15 weeks in length. Financial aid is based off of total hours enrolled for the semester. If a student is enrolled in one course each 5-week Session, then the student would be taking 3 separate courses for the semester. Fall semester has three different Sessions: Fall I, Fall II, and Fall III. Add the hours enrolled from all three sessions in order to determine total hours enrolled for the semester. This is why it is important for financial aid recipients to register for all sessions prior to the start of the term – otherwise financial aid will disburse and any courses registered after disbursement will not be covered by that term’s aid. Fees are not assessed for courses prior to registration. Loans will disburse to students’ accounts as soon as the minimum requirement of 6 hours is met.
To apply for federal and state financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can complete it online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
You can obtain a paper FAFSA by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID. This form will ask for your tax information and, if you are dependent, your parent's tax information. This form should be completed as soon as possible after January 1 of the year you plan on attending school. When filing the FAFSA you should list Ohio University's school code of 003100.
Any degree seeking student can receive financial aid if they meet the income requirements. Nondegree students, incarcerated students and noncredit students are not generally eligible for federal aid, although some alternative financial assistance may be available.
Financial aid can be used for many expenses, however the following items are not covered if you are completing a distance learning degree program and have nonterm enrollment (Financial Aid Information for Print-Based Courses
- Financial aid is not available for Course Credit by Examination (CCE).
- Living expenses are not covered under the eLearning OHIO Programs and therefore are not included in the financial aid award.
- The full financial aid award does not disburse upon enrollment; students must prepare for some out of pocket tuition and textbook expense.
- Students are considered “half-time” students regardless of the number of credit hours enrolled.
- Contact your bank to ask about a "Direct to Consumer" loan.
- AmeriCorps funds - For general questions about using your Education Award, contact National Service Trust at 1-800-942-2677. Live operators are available from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday. If you have successfully completed your AmeriCorps service, you can view your AmeriCorps Education Award account balance and activity online. To request a copy of your AmeriCorps Education Award voucher or report a change of address, you can visit www.nationalservice.gov/questions/app/ask. You will need to apply to use your funds on the AmeriCorps website and then Ohio University will be notified that your request has gone through and we can begin the disbursement process.
- Workforce Investment Act money available from your county Jobs and Family Services
- The Union Education Trust (State of Ohio bargaining unit employees)
- Alternative Loan Lenders
To transfer your FAFSA information to Ohio University, you need to add Ohio University's school code of 003100 to your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To do so, you can go to www.fafsa.ed.gov
and correct your FAFSA to list Ohio University's school code of 003100. You can also call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243 and add Ohio University's school code over the phone. We will not be able to process the results of your FAFSA until you have applied to Ohio University. Once your admission's application is processed, we will begin the process of determining your financial aid eligibility. We will take into consideration the financial aid you received at your previous institution in this process.
Students pursuing coursework through the Online Bachelor Completion Program at Ohio University are eligible to be considered for Federal Pell Grant and Federal Direct Loan funding only. It may also be possible for residents of Ohio to be considered for state grant funding.
In order to receive the full amount of any federal or state financial aid program, undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours per semester (i.e. Fall I, Fall II, and Fall III combine to make Fall semester). Certain programs, such as the Federal Pell Grant and Ohio College Opportunity Grant, may be prorated for a student enrolled half-time or three-quarter time. A student must be enrolled for at least six hours to receive a Federal Direct Student Loan. Only the Federal Pell Grant has limited eligibility for students enrolled less than half-time. Enrollment status is defined as follows (for quarter-based term): Full-time enrollment status -- 12 or more hours Three-quarter time enrollment status -- 9–11 hours Half-time enrollment status -- 6–8 hours Less than half-time status -- 5 or fewer hours. Graduate students need to enroll in at least five credit hours to receive eligibility for the Federal Direct Student Loan.
Award notifications begin in mid-May (for the upcoming school year) and are generated twice weekly after that time for new applicants. Online award offers may be viewed on your My OHIO Student Center Accounts tab at the My OHIO Portal
. Log in using your OHIO ID and password.
Follow the links in your online award offer at the My OHIO Portal
to assure completion of your financial aid requirements. Requirements include completion of a Federal Direct Loan Electronic Master Promissory Note and Loan Entrance Counseling. Students also complete the Federal Direct Loan Program online loan acceptance/confirmation.
Disbursement begins just before the opening of each quarter. You will receive an email each time funds are disbursed to your account. If you have an award that has not disbursed, you may need to complete additional paperwork, register in additional credit hours, or complete an online process or form. Disbursed financial aid will first apply to any unpaid charges on your Ohio University account with the Office of the Bursar. Should your disbursed financial aid exceed the quarterly charges, a refund will be generated which can be used to assist you with other educational expenses such as books and/or living expenses.
You will receive your refund faster if you sign up for direct deposit through the Bursar's Office at ohio.edu/finance/bursar
. Refunds made by direct deposit begin the first day of each quarter and continue to be made daily. Refund checks are mailed to students starting the first Friday of the quarter and continue on a weekly basis. To receive a refund promptly, students must be registered in the appropriate number of credit hours two weeks prior to the quarter opening. Students must also have completed all necessary paperwork or online procedures at this time as well.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is a measurement of academic progress towards a degree or certificate that is required to maintain eligibility for financial aid. SAP is defined differently than the University defines good academic standing. SAP consists of three different components: grade point average, minimum credit hours, and maximum time frame. Students who fail to meet SAP standards are notified by mail. The student will become ineligible to receive financial aid. Any correspondence (both paper and electronic) sent to students regarding SAP should be carefully reviewed. For more information regarding the SAP policy and appeal process, click HERE