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OHIO Guarantee Fixed Tuition and Fees

In 2015, Ohio University was the first public university in the state of Ohio to launch a comprehensive fixed tuition and fee program, and the OHIO Guarantee remains one of the most transparent and all-encompassing of its kind.

The program was designed to take the guesswork out of budgeting for college through a cohort-based, level-rate tuition, housing, dining and fee model that assures students and their families a set of unchanging, comprehensive rates for the pursuit of an undergraduate degree at OHIO.

Tuition, housing, dining and fee rates established at enrollment remain unchanged for four years (or 12 consecutive semesters including summers). You will pay a pre-determined amount per semester your first year, and for the next three years.

Who is eligible?

The OHIO Guarantee applies to ALL degree-seeking undergraduate students at Ohio University. This includes both first-year or transfer students, regardless of campus of admission or enrollment. The Tuition Guarantee was expanded to all Ohio University regional campuses in Fall 2018.

Students enrolled in OHIO Online undergraduate programs are placed in the appropriate Guarantee cohort upon initial degree-seeking enrollment. Regional campus or online students who relocate to the Athens campus will be in the same cohort in which they started and will pay that cohort’s Athens campus rates under the Guarantee.

Students enrolled at a partner community college who plan to transfer to OHIO and who will participate in the Strategic Transfer Enrollment Plan (STEP) program are eligible to opt-in to an OHIO Guarantee cohort.

What is included?

One thing that sets Ohio University’s tuition guarantee apart is its comprehensive nature. You won’t be hit with additional, unexpected fees. The Tuition Guarantee includes all required fees including:

  • Instructional Fee
  • General Fee
  • Student Information System/Network Fee
  • Technology Fee
  • Bobcat Student Orientation (BSO) Fee
  • Graduation Application Fee
  • Individual Course Fee

Undergraduate individual course fees are included as a single unchanging rate in The OHIO Guarantee. There are clear guidelines and exceptions, including, but not limited to:

  1. Course fees for a small number of high-cost programs or activities are assessed beyond or in addition to level-tuition and fees (e.g. assessed due to travel or costs that exceed a pre-determined amount for aviation or equine studies courses)
  2. Fees for study abroad and domestic travel (e.g. flight costs, activity fees, etc.) are not part of The OHIO Guarantee; however, the instructional and general fees are included in The OHIO Guarantee for these programs.

Athens campus students benefit from a level housing rate table, which varies depending on the student’s housing choice, and a level meal plan rate table based upon the type of meal plan selected. Additionally, the non-resident surcharge for out-of-state students is guaranteed to remain consistent during a student’s four years (12 semesters) at OHIO.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Tuition and Fees Guarantee

Are there any fees not included in the Tuition and Fees Guarantee?

There are some student-waivable fees that are charged to all students but may be waived, and are therefore optional and are not included in The OHIO Guarantee:

  • Student Health Insurance: Students enrolled on the Athens Campus for 5 or more credit hours are automatically assessed the Student Health Insurance. You may opt out of the Student Health Insurance if you already have a health insurance provider. If you are eligible to waive the Student Health Insurance, the waiver option and waiver deadline will be available on your My OHIO Student Center once your registration charges have been assessed for the term. A waiver is required only once each academic year.
  • Student Legal Service: The Center for Legal Services is a law office for Ohio University students. Attorneys provide students with legal representation, advice, and education. CSLS also provides contract reviews, mediation services and notary service. There is no limit on the number of times students can use the service during the term. Every Athens campus student is automatically enrolled for this service at registration for the term. The waiver option and waiver deadline will be available on your My OHIO Student Center once your registration charges have been assessed for the term. A waiver is required once each term.

How is my financial aid affected?

Scholarships and financial aid packages hold their value through The OHIO Guarantee+ Tuition and Fees Guarantee. Because the cost of attending OHIO remains steady, the same percentage of those costs are met by any renewable scholarship for each fall and spring semester of a student's four years at OHIO, assuming that renewable scholarship criteria are maintained. By contrast, in a model of increasing annual costs, a smaller percentage of a student's educational costs would be met each year. Additionally, if a student's first priority filing status and financial need as determined by the FAFSA remains consistent, any available federal, state, and institutional funding are similar each year, though term amounts may vary.

Financial aid availability for summer enrollment can vary based on the specific program. Some programs offer an increased amount for three semesters of attendance, while other programs, such as most University-based scholarships, are not available in the summer. For details on financial aid for summer enrollment, please visit Summer Financial Aid.

What happens if it takes me longer than 12 semesters to graduate?

After The OHIO Guarantee expires for you, you pay the tuition rate assigned to the cohort that went into affect the year after your initial cohort. If you are enrolled in a program that the Ohio Board of Regents identifies as requiring more than 128 hours to complete (see below), you automatically receive an additional 13th semester of pricing within your original cohort of The OHIO Guarantee.

Academic Plans Requiring More Than 128 Semester Credit Hours

As of Fall 2013 (10/04/2013)

Academic Plan Program Title CIP Code Minimum


Biological Sciences




Music Education ‐ Choral Empha




Athletic Training




Music Education ‐ Instrumental



What happens if I leave Ohio University during the four-year period and return later?

When you return, you would be subject to paying the same tuition rate if it is within the four years. After that time, you would pay The OHIO Guarantee rate paid by the existing cohort at that time.

What happens if I change majors?

If you change your major or college, you maintain your pricing cohort status and The OHIO Guarantee expiration date does not change. If you have established an OHIO Guarantee+ Graduation Plan, you should consult your academic advisor to determine how your change of major may impact your plan.

Are there a maximum or minimum number of hours in which I may enroll to receive the OHIO Guarantee+ Tuition and Fees Guarantee?

The OHIO Guarantee program is in effect for 12 consecutive semesters regardless of the number of courses you take during a semester up to the allowable limit (20) per semester.

Are classes taken during summer sessions included in the Tuition and Fees Guarantee?

Yes, summer sessions count toward the 12 semesters under The OHIO Guarantee.

Are there any exceptions to the Tuition and Fees Guarantee?

The OHIO Guarantee does not cover graduate tuition, continuing education tuition, eCampus tuition, and non-degree enrollment. The OHIO Guarantee does not apply to the Associate of Applied Sciences in Health Technology offered through Ohio University Southern.

If you need to leave Ohio University for extenuating circumstances you will be able to pay the rates you were guaranteed if you re-enroll. The guarantee will be extended for a period matching your absence. The University must verify and approve any extenuating circumstances such as military service or emergency medical conditions. There is a list of exceptions available (see below).

The OHIO Guarantee Appeals Committee reviews any appeals for extension.

Exceptions for Students Who Require More Than 12 Semesters

Some students require more than 12 semesters (or 13 for majors approved as requiring 4+ years) to graduate due to circumstances beyond their control.

Each case is evaluated on its own merit.

A committee, The OHIO Guarantee Appeals Committee, evaluates these exceptional cases. In most cases, these extenuating circumstances fall within the precedents already established by the long standing Tuition Appeals Committee.

Cases that are given an automatic extension beyond the 12-semester Guarantee:

  • STUDENT CALLED TO ACTIVE MILITARY OR RESERVE DUTY – A student called to active duty is given an automatic extension of the Guarantee based upon the number of semesters impacted by his/her time served.

Some examples of types of cases considered likely to create an extension beyond the 12-semester Guarantee are:

  • REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION FOR DISABILITY – If it is determined that additional semesters are a reasonable accommodation of a student’s disability impact within The OHIO Guarantee, the Assistant Dean for Student Accessibility Services will make recommendations for the appropriate continuation.
  • MEDICAL CONDITIONS – A student who has extenuating medical issues should submit an appeal to extend the cohort rate based on his/her unique situation. The appeal will be evaluated individually and a determination made based on the nature of the medical issue.
  • OHIO PROGRAM OF INTENSIVE ENGLISH (OPIE) – A student may be admitted to a degree‐seeking program at the same time as completing language training in OPIE. If this is the case, then the student will be given automatically the additional semester(s), beyond the standard 12 semesters, equal to the number of semesters (s)he was in OPIE classes, up to the maximum 18. For a non‐degree seeking OPIE student who later declares a degree, the student will be placed into the cohort associated with the semester (s)he was admitted to the degree‐seeking program.
  • INTERNSHIPS/CO‐OPS – A student in an approved internship and/or co‐op through his/her college may be granted additional semester(s) at his/her established cohort rate equal to the semesters s/he was enrolled in internship/co‐op credit.
  • UNIVERSITY ERRORS – If it is determined that a University error caused a student to have to extend beyond the 12 semesters contemplated in The OHIO Guarantee program, then the student will be afforded additional semester(s) within their assigned OHIO Guarantee cohort pricing table to complete his/her degree in the appropriate timeframe determined by the appeal committee.

If a student is not able to complete his/her degree program in the four years of his/her established cohort due to the result of a required course(s) not being offered, or available space in a required course, the University will provide the necessary course(s) in compliance with H. B. No. 59 Section 3345.48. To be considered for this exemption, a student must file an appeal through The OHIO Guarantee Appeals Committee. That appeal must demonstrate that the affected course(s) was required via the student’s DARS report, that the student had met with an advisor prior to the start of the second week of classes of the term(s) in question to discuss alternatives, and that there was no resolution available.