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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.
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The OHIO Admission Promise for Fall 2024
Through the OHIO Admission Promise, qualifying fall 2024 applicants can receive automatic general University admission to the Athens campus.
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 December 2023: 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. While the FAFSA is normally available October 1 each year, the 2024-25 FAFSA will not be available until December 2023 due to these significant changes. 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 of February 15, 2024. Learn more on the Office of 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 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.
Please stop by the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships on the ground floor of Chubb Hall on the Athens campus, or contact your financial aid advisor for more information.