Ohio University

Tuition and Fees

Official Posting of Tuition and Fees

Please refer to the Bursar's page for the current and official Ohio University tuition rates: Current Tuition and Fees.

Your program may have a regional or differential tuition, check with your program or graduate chair if you are unsure.

Students needing health insurance may purchase Ohio University Student Insurance. Please visit their website for costs, coverage, and eligibility.

International Graduate Student Expenses

If you are an international applicant who is recommended for admission you must demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to study at Ohio University by submitting evidence of financial responsibility. Evidence is demonstrated on the Financial Support Form, which must be submitted before a certificate of eligibility (I-20 or DS2019) can be issued.

If you are awarded a university-funded assistantship, fellowship or scholarship, the value of that award will be deducted from the total amount of estimated expenses required to issue a certificate of eligibility. You will still need to document the difference between the University award and the amount of funding required to issue the certificate of eligibility.

If you have been awarded a graduate recruitment scholarship (GRS), you will receive a partial tuition scholarship along with a stipend, which has a work component. If you receive a GRS, you are financially responsible for the remainder of your tuition, health insurance, general fee, network and technology fees, living and miscellaneous expenses. The stipend will not cover all expenses incurred by the student.

If you are awarded a graduate assistantship, teaching assistantship or research assistantship your graduate appointment consists of a tuition waiver (which is usually a full waiver, but can be a half or partial waiver of the tuition) along with a stipend which has a work component. You are still financially responsible for health insurance, the general fee, network and technology fees, living and miscellaneous expenses. The stipend will not cover all expenses you may incur.

Amounts listed on the certificate of eligibility are estimated amounts and should not be considered contractual.

Estimated expenses for an Ohio University Graduate I-20

The expenses below are estimates only and are subject to change. Expenses are calculated for the nine-month academic year. Students who plan to stay in Athens over academic breaks, or enroll in summer classes will incur additional expenses. Students who travel during academic breaks should budget for travel expenses.

Amounts listed on the I-20 are estimated amounts and should not be considered contractual.

Item 2017-2018 2018-2019
Instruction and General Fee
$9,444 $9,444
Non-resident Surcharge
$7,992 $7,992
Books and Supplies
$1,010 $1,030
Room and Board**
$9,939 $10,138
$738 +
Health Insurance
$1,976 $2,174
Personal Expenses
$1,737 $1,772
$32,836*** $32,550***

* If you have been admitted to the MFE program, the total amount required for issuing your I-20 is $37,762 (for 2018-2019).
**Off campus shared apartment

Please note, health insurance will be charged for six (6) months of the annual policy (August 16th-February 14th) during Fall Semester, and the remaining six (6) months of coverage (February 15th through August 15th) is charged during Spring Semester.
*** ESTIMATED amount required to issue an I-20. All expenses listed are estimates and are subject to change without notice due to law, policy or other changes

+Transportation is NOT included in the 2018-2019 academic year estimates, since student transportation methods vary so greatly. Transportation in Athens includes walking and bicycling on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway, the OU bus system, Athens City free bus system, the airport shuttle service, private car, taxi, and sharing rides with friends.

Student Health Insurance rates differ for those whose first term of enrollment is either spring semester, or summer semester. See coverage period and rates for more information.

Deadlines for Submission of I-20 Documents

Academic and financial documents required to issue an Ohio University I-20 are due by the following dates*:

  • Fall admission - May 15
  • Spring admission - October 15
  • Summer admission - January 31

*subject to change without notice due to law or policy changes

Additional Expenses (not included in the table of expenses above)

You are responsible for paying the technology fee charged by your academic college.

  • Students coming to Athens from tropical climates should estimate $1,000-$1,500 for winter clothing.
  • Minor medical supplies could require an additional $150.
  • The winter break, between Fall and Spring Semesters, is approximately four weeks long. A vacation allowance of $1,000 to supplement the minimum costs listed above is recommended.
  • Expenses for a car are not included in the table of expenses above.
  • Personal expenses may vary, and all amounts listed are estimates and/or suggestions for your consideration.

Students should arrive with at least $2,000 for initial start-up costs such as housing deposits, utility fees, phone, and health insurance.

Dependent Expenses

If you are planning on bringing any dependents with you to Ohio University, additional funds must be shown in order to issue a dependent I-20. The expenses listed below are estimates and are subject to change without notice.

  2016-2017 2017-2018
Living Expenses for spouse $3,000 $3,060
Living Expenses for children $3,000 $3,060
Health Insurance for spouse $1,976 $1,976
Health Insurance for one child $1,976 $1,976
Health Insurance for two or more children $3,952 $3,952

Health Insurance Rates differ for dependents that are enrolling in health insurance beginning spring semester or summer semester. See coverage period and rates for more information.

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