Who is eligible for consideration for the OHIO Signature Awards?
All first-year students who are new to the Athens campus of Ohio University in fall 2016 are eligible for consideration to become an OHIO Signature Scholar. All eligible students admitted by June 1, 2016 (deadline extended!), will be considered automatically for the program.
How can I be considered for the OHIO Signature Awards?
Apply for admission and be admitted to Ohio University by June 1, 2016 (deadline extended!), to be considered for this program. For any of the need-based awards, the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be received by Ohio University on or before March 15, 2016. To meet this deadline, complete and submit the FAFSA by February 15, 2016. No separate form is required.
How are the scholarships and grants awarded?
Merit scholarships will be based on information that Undergraduate Admissions collected when you submitted the 2016-2017 Application for Admission and Scholarships (and supporting materials); updated materials can be accepted after admission and information on file as of March 15, 2016, will be used in final award determinations. Need-based awards will be based on information collected through the results of the FAFSA received by March 15, 2016. Combination awards will combine both sources. Any award amounts based on consideration of need will be available through official award letters, mailed on a rolling basis beginning in March.
How will Ohio University determine the academic credentials to use for merit–based award consideration?
The highest cumulative high school GPA (weighted or unweighted, standardized to 4.0 scale) and test score (from any test date) on file as of March 15, 2016, will be used in any eligibility considerations. For ACT scores, the composite will be used. For SAT scores, the highest combined math and critical reading scores will be used. Writing test scores will not be factored into consideration for OHIO Signature Awards.
How will I find out if I have received an OHIO Signature Award?
You will be notified by postal mail when you have been awarded one of the scholarships or the OHIO Trustee Award. Initial merit-based award letters are mailed to admitted students on a rolling basis beginning in December. If you are eligible for any of the need-based awards, including those that blend merit and need, you will be notified in your official financial aid award letter, which will be mailed beginning in March by the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships to all students receiving OHIO Signature Awards and any other institutional, state, or federal financial assistance.
If my award letter indicates that I have received an OHIO Signature Award, how will I accept it?
Award recipients must submit their housing contracts (or commuter application) and housing deposit on or before May 1, 2016, to receive the award. Program funding for recipients who submit their housing contracts and deposits after May 1, 2016, will be contingent on availability.
My family was not planning to submit a FAFSA because we did not expect to qualify for Federal Aid. Should I still submit a FAFSA?
Yes! Ohio University must receive your FAFSA results by March 15, 2016, if you would like to be considered for any need-based assistance, including the OHIO Signature Awards that are based on need. Admitted students whose FAFSA results have not been received by March 15, 2016, will not be considered for any of the need-based OHIO Signature Awards.
My family will not complete our 2015 taxes before February 15, 2016. Should I still submit the FAFSA to be considered for this program?
Yes! You can use estimated income from 2015 and then update the data after your tax information is complete.
What is the OHIO Trustee Award?
Because Ohio University does not receive state subsidy for non-Ohio resident students, a surcharge is assessed for all non-resident students. As part of the OHIO Signature Award program, eligible recipients will receive a discount of a portion of the non-resident surcharge. This award is also known as the non-resident surcharge discount.
I am not an Ohio resident. Which awards can I be considered for?
Out-of-state students are eligible to be considered for all OHIO Signature Awards, including the OHIO Trustee Award. International students are eligible to be considered for the merit-based OHIO Signature Awards.
I have already received a letter indicating that I have been awarded a different scholarship. How does the OHIO Signature Award program affect me?
Students participating in the Ohio University Educational Benefits Program and recipients of full athletic scholarship are not eligible to be considered for OHIO Signature Awards. Appalachian Scholars and Urban Scholars are eligible to be considered for the OHIO Pathway Scholarship or OHIO Pathway Award only. Recipients of the OHIO Premier Scholarship or the Templeton Scholars Award are eligible to be considered for the OHIO Trustee Award only. Recipients of the District of Columbia (D.C.) Tuition Assistance Grant or the OHIO Next Generation Award, which covers non-resident fees, are not eligible for the OHIO Trustee Award. Additional restrictions may apply, and the program is subject to change. For renewal criteria, please refer to your scholarship award letter.
Which awards are renewable, and what are the renewal criteria?
All OHIO Signature Awards are renewable for up to four consecutive years of undergraduate study (two semesters per academic year), and most awards require that students enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester. However, please note that a student must complete an average of 15 hours per semester to graduate within four academic years. Renewal criteria vary by individual award; please refer to your scholarship award letter to review the details specific to your awards(s). Merit-based awards bear specific academic performance criteria for renewal. Need-based awards, including those that are blended with merit, are renewable contingent upon continued demonstration of financial need via the results of the FAFSA, which must be received annually by March 15. Consequently, any need-based OHIO Signature Award may vary in amount each year.
Are other forms of financial assistance available?
Yes! Limited other scholarships are available for first-year students. Award letters, which will be mailed beginning in late March, will include any awards issued through the OHIO Signature Awards and any other institutional, state, and/or federal aid for which you may qualify.