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Financial Aid and Scholarships

At OHIO, we understand that higher education is an investment in your future, and we're committed to transparency, predictability and investing in students like you through financial aid and scholarships.

Ohio University provides all federal Title IV need-based financial aid programs; all Ohio aid programs; and a variety of grants, loans and scholarships. Need-based financial assistance is available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

average freshman total gift aid in 2022
of freshmen received financial aid in 2022
$62 million+
in scholarships awarded to all students in 2022
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    Renewable scholarships and grants designed to recognize the resilience, accomplishments and diverse contributions of the fall 2024 entering first-year class.

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    Through the OHIO Admission Promise, qualifying fall 2024 applicants can receive automatic general University admission to the Athens campus.

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FAFSA Overview

Each year, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for federal, state and institutional financial aid at Ohio University.

2024-25 FAFSA Available Now

The FAFSA Simplification Act represents a significant overhaul of the processes and systems used to determine a student's financial aid eligibility, including the FAFSA form. The 2024-25 FAFSA opened in December 2023 due to these significant changes. Learn more about the changes on the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships website. The December release date is only applicable to the 2024-25 FAFSA. The 2025-26 FAFSA is expected to be available October 2024.

First Priority Date

Some forms of federal and institutional financial aid are limited due to funding levels. To be considered for these limited funds, students should complete the 2024-25 FAFSA by OHIO's first-priority date, which has been extended to April 15, 2024. Learn more about the financial aid timeline on the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships website.

Federal School Code

Students applying to Ohio University’s Athens campus should include the Federal School Code 003100. Visit the Regional Campus Financial Aid page for additional Federal School Codes.

Transfer Students

Students who are transferring to Ohio University from another institution should request that their FAFSA results be sent to Ohio University's Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships as early as possible. Financial aid does not automatically transfer from one institution to another.

Types of Aid


All students completing the FAFSA are considered for the Federal Pell Grant. This is the largest federal grant program. Grants are considered gift aid and do not have to be repaid. Eligibility for grant funds, including Pell, is based on the results of the FAFSA. Grants are generally offered to students with financial need according to the FAFSA.


Students who meet basic eligibility requirements by completing the FAFSA are offered federal loans. Federal loans represent a debt that you must repay. These loans are in the student’s name and repayment begins six months after the student graduates or drops below half-time enrollment. Federal loans can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans are offered to students with financial need according to the FAFSA. Learn more about all types of loans.

Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study is one of the Campus-Based Aid Programs. This program provides University jobs to Ohio University students who qualify. Work-Study is based on the results of your FAFSA. Only students who have been offered Federal Work-Study in their MyOHIO Student Center can select a Work-Study position.

Financial Aid Resources

More information is available on the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships website.