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The President's Opportunity Promise
for Fall 2024

President's Opportunity Promise Award Program

We're excited to celebrate the investiture of our new president, Dr. Lori Stewart Gonzalez, by announcing the President's Opportunity Promise Award. Like all of us, our new president is deeply invested in our region and is committed to increasing access for students who already call this area home. Qualifying Pell-eligible students in Athens and our surrounding counties in Ohio (Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton, and Washington counties) have yet another reason to choose OHIO for fall 2024.

The OHIO Admission Promise demonstrates and deepens our ongoing commitment to access and affordability and to serving the students of our region. We offer qualified applicants automatic general University admission to the Athens campus — and a renewable $2,000 OHIO Admission Promise Award for students filing the FAFSA.

Now, with the President's Opportunity Promise Award, we’re boldly building on that promise: If you are a qualifying Pell-eligible student who lives in Athens County or any of its bordering counties in Ohio (Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton, and Washington), you can attend Ohio University tuition-free starting fall semester 2024.

Who better to move our region forever forward than students who already call it home?

The President’s Opportunity Promise Award will cover remaining Athens campus tuition and mandatory fees after subtracting an eligible student’s Pell Grant and other federal, state and institutional gift aid. Apply today to open the doors to a top quality OHIO education.

 

To qualify for the President's Opportunity Promise Award

If you are an Ohio resident (defined by permanent address on application for admission) of Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton or Washington County and are applying as a freshman applicant to the Athens campus for fall 2024, follow these steps:

  1. Submit your application for admission and scholarships by the extended deadline of March 1, 2024.  
  2. Send your high school transcript showing that you've earned a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a strong college prep curriculum. (Test scores are optional!)
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and ensure your results are received by the first-priority date, which has been extended to at least March 1.* We will use these results to determine if you are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant, which is required to receive the President’s Opportunity Promise Award.
  4. Confirm your intent to enroll by May 15, 2024, (extended!) and enroll in fall 2024 as a full-time, first-year, degree-seeking student on the Athens campus.

* Students receiving the award must complete the FAFSA each year by the published priority date to be eligible to renew. 

 

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Experience OHIO

An Ohio University education reaches far beyond traditional classroom walls, and students from Athens and Ohio border counties can impact communities right here in Southeast Ohio or across the globe. From local waterways to the halls of Congress to international consulting trips, OHIO sets out to connect you with a unique set of experiences that will move you forever forward.

Our searchable Experience OHIO tool showcases dozens of ways Bobcats are rolling up their sleeves to gain real-world skills and stand out as emerging professionals.

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What is considered a "strong college prep curriculum"?

Applicants must earn a minimum of 21 credits at the college-prep level or above to be eligible for the OHIO Admission Promise. 

  • 4 units each of English and math (including Algebra II or above) 
  • 3 units each of science and social studies 
  • 2 units of foreign language 
  • 1 unit of visual or performing arts 
  • 4 additional electives 

Applicants who have pursued a different curriculum are welcome to apply and will be reviewed holistically.

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OHIO Excellence Awards

A set of scholarships and grants designed to recognize the resilience, accomplishments, and diverse contributions of the fall 2024 entering first-year class, the OHIO Excellence Awards program underscores OHIO's commitment to support our students from admission through graduation and beyond.

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FAQ

What is the President's Opportunity Promise Award?

An expansion to the OHIO Admission Promise, the President's Opportunity Promise Award for Fall 2024 is part of our ongoing commitment to access and affordability, and our commitment to serving the students of our region. This award will make it possible for qualifying Pell-eligible students in Athens County and all contiguous Ohio counties to attend Ohio University tuition-free. The scholarship will cover remaining Athens campus in-state tuition and mandatory fees after subtracting a student’s Pell Grant and other federal, state and institutional gift aid.

Who is eligible for the President's Opportunity Promise Award?

Pell-eligible first-year students who are Ohio residents (defined by permanent address on application for admission) of Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton or Washington County; have earned a minimum 3.0 high school GPA on a strong college prep curriculum; apply by the extended deadline of March 1, 2024; ensure their FAFSA results are received by the first-priority deadline, which has been extended to at least March 1, 2024; confirm their intent to enroll by May 15, 2024 (extended!); and enroll at OHIO’s Athens campus for the fall 2024 semester as a full-time, first-year, degree-seeking student are eligible for the President's Opportunity Promise Award for Fall 2024. 

Is the President's Opportunity Promise Award available to students who have already applied for fall 2024?

Yes! If you’ve already applied to the Athens campus for fall 2024, make sure your FAFSA results are sent to OHIO by the extended first-priority date, March 1, 2024, to be considered for the President's Opportunity Promise Award.

How do I know if I'm "Pell-eligible"?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) serves as the application for all federal, state and institutional financial aid at Ohio University, including the Federal Pell Grant. Students can file their FAFSA at fafsa.gov in December for the 2024-2025 aid year. Ohio University will use the results of your FAFSA to determine your eligibility for a Pell Grant, and if so, how much you’re eligible to receive. For best consideration for need-based awards, the results of your FAFSA must be received by Ohio University by the first-priority date, which has been extended to March 1, 2024, for the 2024-2025 academic year. Students may be considered for other need-based aid on a rolling basis after the priority date. Ohio University's federal school code is 003100.

Which academic programs or majors are eligible for the President's Opportunity Promise?

The President's Opportunity Promise Award is available to eligible students pursuing any of our undergraduate bachelor’s or associate degree programs at the Athens campus. Awarded in fall and spring, the President’s Opportunity Promise is renewable for four years (eight semesters) for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree, or two years (four semesters) for students pursuing an associate degree.

Can I still apply to Ohio University if I don't have a 3.0 GPA?

Yes, of course! Even if you don’t qualify for the President's Opportunity Promise, we look forward to receiving your application and your FAFSA. Through our holistic review process, you will receive a careful and thorough review of your application, including any optional materials you choose to submit, such as test scores, an essay, or letters of recommendation. We care about all the ways you can show you are academically prepared to attend college.

Is the President’s Opportunity Promise available at OHIO’s regional campuses?

Qualified students interested in attending a regional campus in fall 2024 may be eligible to attend tuition-free through the OHIO Regional Promise Award or for consideration for the Regional Advantage Awards or other scholarships specific to a regional campus. The OHIO President’s Opportunity Promise is a pilot program for OHIO’s Athens campus for students entering fall 2024.

Are transfer applicants eligible for the President’s Opportunity Promise?

This program is for freshmen, but transfer applicants who are ready for a change in their higher education plans are welcome to apply to OHIO and will be reviewed in accordance with our transfer admission guidelines and will be eligible for consideration for our fall 2024 transfer scholarship programs.

Are there any exceptions to the President's Opportunity Promise Award?

The President's Opportunity Promise Award may not be combined with some University scholarships, full-tuition Employee/Dependent Educational Benefits, or any other award valued at full tuition. In spring 2024, students who qualify for the President's Opportunity Promise in addition to other aid will receive information from the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships about whether or how awards may be combined.

What are the requirements to renew the President's Opportunity Promise Award?
  • The President's Opportunity Promise Award is renewable for up to four consecutive years of undergraduate study (two semesters per year) at OHIO’s Athens campus for students enrolled in a bachelor’s degree. The award is renewable for up to two consecutive years of undergraduate study (two semesters per year) at OHIO’s Athens campus for students enrolled in an associate degree. 
  • The President's Opportunity Promise Award requires enrollment in a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester and a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0.
  • For renewal, recipients must file the FAFSA annually by the published first-priority deadline of January 15. 
  • Renewal is contingent upon continued eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant, which may vary in value annually. 
  • Please note: For fall 2024, FAFSA results must be received by at least March 1, 2024; for eligibility in subsequent years, the priority deadline will be January 15.
     
Does the President's Opportunity Promise apply to fall 2025 and beyond?

The President’s Opportunity Promise applies to eligible fall 2024 applicants at this time. We’ll share more information about application requirements and scholarship programs for the 2025 application cycle next year. Join our mailing list to stay informed!

Program restrictions apply.

The President's Opportunity Promise Award may not be combined with some University scholarships, full-tuition Employee/Dependent Educational Benefits, or any other award valued at full tuition.

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