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COVID-19 Response

Please visit our COVID-19 Response page to view frequently asked questions regarding how this pandemic may impact your financial aid.

COVID-19 Response

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships Response to COVID-19

The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships is currently available remotely by e-mail or by calling 740.593.4141. You can also schedule a virtual appointment with your assigned financial aid advisor. Required financial aid documents can be submitted using our Secure Upload Portal (see our Troubleshooting Guide for assistance) or faxed to 740.593.4140. Documents can also be placed in the drop box located inside the south entrance doors on the ground floor of Chubb Hall (Court Street side of the building). Please make sure your name and student PID number are listed on all documents. You are encouraged to frequently visit your My OHIO Student Center to review your To Do List to see if any items are needed to complete the processing of your financial aid. 

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Complete the 2021-22 FAFSA

The 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened October 1, 2020. Complete the FAFSA at https://fafsa.gov as soon as possible. Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool within the myFAFSA app to import 2019 tax information into your 2021-22 FAFSA.

2021 admitted freshmen with a submitted FAFSA meeting basic eligibility requirements can expect to receive a Financial Aid Offer in the mail by late-February. See our Application and Deadlines page for more important dates.

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OHIO Excellence Scholarship Program

The new OHIO Excellence Scholarship program is designed to to recognize the resilience, accomplishments, and diverse contributions of the fall 2021 entering first-year class, the new and expanded program underscores OHIO's commitment to support our students from admission through graduation and beyond. Students applying by the extended early action date of March 1, 2021 are considered for all merit-based awards through this program.

Need another reason to complete the FAFSA? Students whose 21-22 FAFSA results are received by March 1 will also be considered for the OHIO Admission Promise Award. Students do not need to have financial need to qualify.

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OHIO CARES Relief Fund - HEERF II

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) authorized additional funding to higher education institutions through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II). Ohio University has awarded emergency grants of $1000 from HEERF II to Pell Grant eligible students enrolled half-time through the OHIO CARES Relief Fund.

Students with a FAFSA on file and enrolled, at least, half time who did not receive the initial grant were offered the opportunity to submit an application requesting emergency funding up to $600. This application closed March 28. Funding decisions were made April 7 and OHIO CARES Relief Fund grants have been awarded and refunded, if applicable. Additional information about remaining HEERF II funds will be forthcoming.

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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 

95%

of OHIO's first year students received financial aid in 2019-20

$12 million

in scholarships awarded to first year students in fall 2019

77%

of OHIO's incoming 2019-20 class on the Athens campus received OHIO Signature Awards

$7.8 million

in need-based financial aid awarded to first year students in 2019-20