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Financial Aid and Scholarships


Complete the 2020-21 FAFSA

The 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is open and should be completed at https://fafsa.gov. Make sure you complete it by late December so the results are received by Ohio University's first-priority consideration date of January 15, 2020. You can download the myStudentAid mobile app to complete your FAFSA from your phone. Dependent students should share with your parents that the FAFSA is now available.


Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool within the myFAFSA app to import 2018 tax information into your 2020-21 FAFSA.


Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

To maintain financial aid eligibility, you must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) criteria. SAP requirements are checked each year at the end of spring semester. Any student who fails to meet one of the requirements will lose all financial aid eligibility.

SAP criteria requires undergraduates to maintain a 2.0 GPA and successfully complete 67% of your courses. Additionally, students seeking a bachelor's degree, must complete within 180 credit hours. For specific requirements, please visit https://www.ohio.edu/financial-aid/applications-deadlines/sap.


Deadlines! Deadlines! Deadlines!

Check out the Applications and Deadlines webpage at https://www.ohio.edu/financial-aid/applications-deadlines. There are some important dates coming up, especially for prospective Bobcats! Incoming freshmen for the 2020-21 year should submit a completed admissions application by the November 15 Early Action Date. Current students can begin completing the Continuing Student Online Scholarship Application beginning November 1. Review the 2020-21 Calendar often for important dates and deadlines.

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The OHIO Guarantee

The OHIO Guarantee sets the standard among Ohio's public institutions of higher education by taking the guesswork out of budgeting for college. The OHIO Guarantee is a cohort based, level-rate tuition, housing, dining, and fee model that assures students and their families a set of comprehensive rates for the pursuit of an undergraduate degree at Ohio University. Tuition, housing, dining, and fee rates established at enrollment remain unchanged for 12 consecutive semesters.

The OHIO Guarantee 


of OHIO's first year students received financial aid in 2017-18

$11 million

in scholarships awarded to first year students in fall 2018


of OHIO's incoming 2017-18 class on the Athens campus received OHIO Signature Awards

$8.5 million

in need-based financial aid awarded to first year students in 2017-18