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Financial Aid and Scholarships

The Ohio University Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships has information regarding financial aid available to OHIO students. While the Eastern campus Financial Aid Office is available to answer your questions and help you secure financial aid, your financial aid package will be processed on our Athens campus. Please stop by the Eastern campus Financial Aid Office or contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information.

  • OHIO Regional Advantage

    A set of renewable scholarships designed to ensure that an extraordinary OHIO education is within reach, the program recognizes exemplary academic achievement within our regional communities with awards for fall 2023 incoming full-time freshmen.

  • OHIO Regional Promise

    This renewable pilot program will cover the full cost of tuition and mandatory fees to attend an Ohio University regional campus for fall 2023 incoming full-time, Pell-eligible freshmen with a minimum 3.0 high school GPA.

  • 4 Years, 1 Low Price

    The OHIO Guarantee means students attending Ohio University Eastern will pay a single fixed rate that covers tuition and most fees for four years.  During the 2023-2024 year, new Ohio residents who enroll full-time through one of OHIO’s regional campuses will pay just $3,089 per semester.

    Tuition and Fees

    OHIO Guarantee

FAFSA Overview

In order to receive federal grants and loans as well as qualify for need-based scholarships, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This online government application qualifies students for federal aid based on financial qualifications.

2024-25 FAFSA Available December 2023: To make the application process easier for students and their families, Congress passed the FAFSA Simplification Act.  This act makes several changes to the application process and calculation of financial aid eligibility beginning with the 2024-25 academic year.  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.

To attend the Eastern campus, it is recommended students use both the OHIO Eastern school code (003101) and the Athens campus school code (003100) on the FAFSA.

Students who are under the age of 24, not married, without dependents, not veterans, and do not have special circumstances that demonstrate a separation from the student’s biological parents are considered dependent students and must use their parent’s financial information on the FAFSA.

Priority Date: Make sure OHIO receives your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the February 15 priority date to ensure best consideration for federal, state and institutional aid.  Learn more at

The OHIO Eastern Financial Aid Office is happy to assist you with your financial aid questions and completion of your FAFSA. Contact us at 740.699.2536 to schedule an appointment.

Completing the FAFSA Overview

Fill out the FAFSA

Other Forms of Aid


Many OHIO Eastern students qualify for the Pell Grant or other grants upon completion of the FAFSA. Grants are considered gift aid and do not have to be repaid. Although grants are a very desirable source of financial aid, the availability of grants is generally limited to students with the greatest need.


Upon completion of the FAFSA, most OHIO Eastern students also qualify for Federal Student Loans. Though parental information may be considered to determine how much a student may receive, these loans are in the student’s name and not in the parent’s name. There are two main types of Federal Student Loans that students may receive.

  • The subsidized loan is available to students who qualify financially. For this loan, the federal government pays the interest on the loan while the student is in school at least half-time (six hours).
  • The unsubsidized loan is available to students regardless of financial need. For this loan the interest begins accruing from the time the loan is disbursed. While you may allow your interest to accumulate until repayment begins, it is recommended that students make regular interest payments, if possible.

For both of these loans, repayment begins six months after the student graduates or stops attending school.

Award Letters

An award letter is the amount of financial aid OHIO can offer to each student based on that student’s financial and academic eligibility. Award letters can be found by logging into the Student Center and clicking “View Financial Aid” under the Finances section. 

An award letter is only available if the student has completed the FAFSA and the verification process, if required. If an award letter is available, students will have the option to accept or decline their offer which may include scholarships, grants, loans, or other forms of financial aid. Students should visit the OHIO Eastern Financial Aid Office with questions or concerns regarding their award letter.


Scholarships can help a student meet all the expenses connected with a college education. Some scholarships are for tuition only while others may help with tuition and, once the tuition commitment has been met, assist students with books and supplies.

Scholarships for New Freshman

The OHIO Regional Advantage Awards Program can open the doors to an education at an OHIO regional campus – and then wherever your path leads. The OHIO Regional Advantage Awards program recognizes exemplary academic achievement within our regional communities. First-year students who are new to an Ohio University regional campus in fall 2023 as full-time, degree-seeking students are eligible for consideration. All incoming first-year students who submit a complete application for admission to an Ohio University regional campus, including the application form and all required supporting materials, by February 15 will be considered automatically for the merit-based portion of the OHIO Regional Advantage Awards. 

OHIO Regional Advantage Awards Program

Incoming students should also complete the regional campus application for admission and FAFSA by the February 15 priority deadline to ensure consideration for campus-specific scholarships.

Scholarships for Upperclass Students

Upperclass students should apply for scholarships at OHIO (Athens or Eastern) through the Online Scholarship Application. Students who are selected for an Ohio University scholarship for the upcoming academic year will be notified by June 1 by postal mail.

First-Year Scholarships

OVAC Scholarship


  • $500/year

Upperclass/Transfer Scholarships

  • Dean's Scholarship

  • Cultural Merit Scholarship

  • Non-Traditional Scholarship

  • Transfer Scholarship

West Virginia Northern Community College Transfer Scholarship

Student must complete the application, be a graduate from WVNCC with an associate degree, have higher than a 3.0 GPA, and enroll in a bachelor's degree program to be completed on the OHIO Eastern campus. Students are required to maintain full-time status of 12 credit hours or more and be in good academic standing at the end of each term with a 2.5 or higher GPA. Recipients will be reviewed at the end of the academic year for the scholarship to be renewed. Scholarship amount is $1,500/academic year (split between two semesters).

Apply for the WVNCC Transfer Scholarship

Endowed Scholarships

Endowed scholarships are funds given in honor or memory of an individual or family and yearly amounts vary according to the monies earned in the scholarship fund. Automatic renewal is not guaranteed with endowed scholarships.

Liberty Antalis Memorial Scholarship

  • Undergraduate pursuing a degree in English, or related field, i.e., Communication or Fine Arts
  • Above average grades from high school
  • 3.0 GPA and 3.5 in English as an upperclassman

Belmont County Endowed Scholarship – Union Local High School

  • Union Local High School graduate
  • Recommended minimums: 3.0 GPA and 20 ACT
  • Upper-class recommended minimum 3.3 GPA

Belmont Savings Bank Scholarship

  • Resident of Belmont County
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Financial need
  • Extracurricular activities considered

Dr. E.R. & Marjory Bovenizer Scholarship


Bridgeport Rotary Scholarship

  • Resident of Bridgeport School District, graduate of Bridgeport or St. John Central High School
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate a financial need

Bridgeport/Buckeye Local High School Scholarship

  • Graduate of Bridgeport or Buckeye Local High Schools
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 - 3.0
  • Demonstrate financial need

Burkhart Scholarship

  • Female student
  • Resident of Monroe County
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

Carroll Family Scholarship

  • First Preference - Incoming Freshman
  • Second Preference - top 40% of high school class
  • Demonstrate financial need

Costello Scholarship for Appalachian Students

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Financial need

Paul G. & Stella T. Crum Family Appreciation Scholarship

  • Resident of Monroe County
  • Preference given to students who have attended St. Sylvester's School

Culbertson Scholarship

  • Belmont or Harrison County resident pursuing a degree in one of the "helping" professions
  • Recommended minimum 3.0 GPA and 20 ACT
  • Upper-class recommended minimum 3.3 GPA

Dutton Family Scholarship

  • Resident of Belmont County, OH
  • Demonstrate academic merit

Jerry & Lova Ebbert Family Scholarship

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrate financial need

Adam & Sylvia Giandomenico Scholarship

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Top 33% of graduating class
  • Financial need

Dr. Robert F. Godfrey Scholarship

  • Graduate of Martin's Ferry High School

Goodman Family & James C. Bryant Scholarship


Rodney Hanson Scholarship

  • Education or pre-law Major residing in Belmont County
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrate financial need

Eugene & Matilda Heavilin Scholarship

  • Must be incoming freshman from Harrison County
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

The Linda Heil Dowler Scholarship

  • Graduate of Martin's Ferry High School
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Majoring in Education

Thomas & Virginia Helms Scholarship

  • Education major with a minimum 3.0 GPA

Robert L. & Eleanor R. Heskett Scholarship

  • Graduate of Martins Ferry or Bellaire High School
  • Demonstrate financial need

James Kettler Memorial Scholarship

  • Priority given to students majoring in physics
  • Consideration given to students majoring in the sciences, mathematics, or education with a concentration in math or the sciences

Kerr Memorial Scholarship

  • Undergraduate pursuing a major in education or business administration
  • Must be Bellaire, St. Clairsville, or Shadyside High School graduate
  • Recommended minimum 3.0 GPA and 20 ACT for high school applicants
  • Upper-class recommended minimum 3.3 GPA

John & Margaret Kirk Scholarship

  • Graduate of a high school in the Barnesville School District
  • Minimum 3.4 GPA
  • Demonstrate financial need

John & Elizabeth Lancione Scholarship

  • Bellaire High School graduate in a pre-professional field of study
  • Recommended minimum 3.0 GPA or 20 ACT
  • Upper-class recommended minimum 3.0 GPA

Walter Latacz Scholarship

  • Designated for students who qualify for disability services through Ohio University
  • Priority given to students pursuing a career in health care professions

Dr. Richard McMann Scholarship

  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Preference to nontraditional students majoring in the humanities or social sciences, especially sociology or anthropology

R. Kinsey Milleson Public Service Scholarship

  • Majoring in Applied Management of Political Science
  • Be at least a Sophomore rank with a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Demonstrate academic merit

Wesley Patrick Murphy Memorial Scholarship

  • Majoring in social work
  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A
  • Demonstrate financial need

James Newton, Ph.D. Scholarship

  • Top 20% of high school class
  • Upper-class required minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Students interested in the social sciences with preference give to those interested in geography as a discipline of study
  • Priority given to freshmen or nontraditional students

Scott & Anna O'Donnell Scholarship

  • Majoring in Business Administration and accepted into the College of Business
  • Resident of Belmont, Harrison or Jefferson Counties, OH
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • First preference given to students who have transferred to Athens from the Eastern Campus

Ohio University Eastern Campus Scholarship

  • Fund established by OHIO Eastern faculty and staff
  • Incoming freshman with two of the following:
    • Top 25% of senior class
    • High school GPA of 3.5 or above
    • 21 ACT

Willard E. & Mary J. Poston Scholarship (Available fall 2025)

  • Resident of Belmont, County OH
  • Demonstrate financial need

John & Marcelyn Shannon Scholarship

  • Recipient must be an incoming freshman
  • Top 40% of their class
  • Demonstrate financial need

Jimmy Shaheen Scholarship

  • Majoring in Education
  • Demonstrate financial need

Roger Sowers Memorial Scholarship

  • Barnesville High School graduate
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Education major
  • Demonstrate financial need

St. Clairsville Rotary Scholarship

  • St. Clairsville High School graduate
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Financial need, leadership, and activities will be considered

Switzerland of Ohio Scholarship for Education

  • Must be a graduate and current resident of the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District
  • Education major
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrate financial need

Unified Bank Business Scholarship

  • Must major in Business or a related field
  • Minimum ACT of 21 and top 30% of high school class
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA for upper-class applicants
  • Priority given to freshman

Katherine Whinnery & Family Scholarship

  • Top 50% of high school class
  • Upper-class required minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Preference given to Harrison County residents
  • Demonstrate financial need

Charles A. Wilson Scholarship

  • Bridgeport High School graduate
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA

Contact Us


Vicki DeLucas
Assistant Director of Regional Financial Aid
Elson Hall - Room 141


Jacki Adkins
Assistant Director of Regional Financial Aid
Student Resource Commons, Collins Center - Southern


Martha Tanedo, M.A.
Assistant Director of Regional Financial Aid
Bennett Hall - Room 134D