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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 Lancaster campus Financial Aid Office is available to answer all of your questions and help you secure financial aid, your financial aid package will be processed on Athens campus. Please stop by the Lancaster 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 Lancaster will pay a single fixed rate that covers tuition and most fees for four years. Ohio residents who enroll full-time through one of OHIO’s regional campuses will pay just $3,002 per semester.

    Tuition and Fees

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. The FAFSA is available on October 1 of each year for the following summer, fall, and spring semesters using two previous years tax information. It is important that students remember to complete the FAFSA each year with their same FSA ID.

To attend the Lancaster campus, it is recommended students use both the OHIO Lancaster school code (003104) 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.

The OHIO Lancaster Financial Aid Office is happy to assist you with your financial aid questions and completion of your FAFSA. 

COMPLETING THE FAFSA OVERVIEW

Fill out the FAFSA

Other Forms of Aid

Grants

Many OHIO Lancaster 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.

Loans

Upon completion of the FAFSA, most OHIO Lancaster 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 Lancaster Financial Aid Office with questions or concerns regarding their award letter.

Scholarships

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 Freshmen

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 January 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 January 15 priority deadline to ensure consideration for campus-specific scholarships.

Scholarships for Upperclass Students

All upper-class students should apply for scholarships at OHIO (Athens or Lancaster) 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.

Available Scholarships at OHIO Lancaster

Barber Family Scholarship

Degree-seeking undergraduate enrolled in or accepted for admission to Ohio University Lancaster Campus; preference given to students with financial need based on the Federal Financial Aid Standards, as determined by the University's financial aid office; a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and/or ranked in the top 50 percent of high school year class; preference given to students enrolled in second year of coursework who demonstrate academic potential and progress.

Ohio University Baughman Family Scholarship at Ohio University Lancaster Campus

Students who attend Ohio University Lancaster Campus as an undergraduate; students who graduated from high school in Lancaster, OH, or students living within the Lancaster School District boundaries. This includes private schools, home schools, or students with GED diplomas; students must have two strong recommendations from a high school teacher, a GED instructor, a guidance counselor, a school administrator, or a community, church or government leader; students who demonstrate financial need based on federal financial aid standards, as determined by the University financial aid office; preference will be given to students who are first-generation college students; preference will be given to students who demonstrate service to the community in which they live; preference will be given to students who are working to pay a portion of their education.

Carol A. Christy Scholarship Fund

Students who attend Ohio University Lancaster Campus part time as an undergraduate; students who are at least 25 years of age; students who work and/or have family responsibilities in addition to their college studies; students who maintain at least a 2.0 GPA.­

Ohio University Lancaster Endowment for International Studies

This scholarship is awarded to a deserving international student wishing to attend the Lancaster Campus or a student pursuing a degree related to international study.­

Dr. Jean Lawrence Bryant Scholarship

Preference for this scholarship is given to non-traditional female students who are single parents; consideration will also be given to men who are single parents.­

Community Bank Scholarship

Students who attend Ohio University Lancaster Campus as an undergraduate; students from Fairfield and Athens counties pursuing an undergraduate degree in business or related fields; priority will be given to applicants seeking a bachelor's degree, but associate degree applicants are considered; applicants must have a 2.5 grade point average to be considered for the award.

Dean's Upperclass Scholarship

Students eligible for this scholarship are upperclassmen with a 3.3 cumulative GPA who have completed at least 30 semester hours; Transfer students are eligible but must be enrolled at least one semester prior to receiving the award and have earned a minimum of 12 hours with a 3.3 average; Students must be registered as a full-time student on the Lancaster Campus to remain eligible for the award.

Dorothy Ent Coleman Scholarship

Students enrolled at Ohio University Lancaster Campus with above-average scholastic standing; full or part-time undergraduate students; maintain a grade point average of 3.0.

William Donelly Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to graduates of Lancaster High School attending Ohio University (Athens or Lancaster).

Fairfield National Bank Scholarship

Full-time or part-time degree seeking undergraduate enrolled in or accepted for admission to Ohio University Lancaster Campus; students who demonstrate financial need based on federal financial aid standards, as determined by the University's financial aid office; recipients must be pursuing a degree in business, finance, accounting or related fields.

Suzy L. Geiger Memorial Scholarship

Students who are enrolled full- or part-time at Ohio University Lancaster Campus; preference will be given to students who exhibit financial need; preference will be given to students who are working to pay for his/her educational expenses.

Clayton and Matilda George Scholarship

Students who are enrolled full- or part-time at Ohio University Lancaster Campus; recipients of this scholarship must have attended Fairfield Union High School and maintained a 2.5 grade point average.

Joan Kirst Gilchrist Award

Students who are enrolled full- or part-time at Ohio University Lancaster Campus; students must have completed at least four accounting technology courses.

David Johnston Scholarship

Students who are enrolled full- or part-time at Ohio University Lancaster Campus; the recipient is selected based on financial need in addition to academic success.

Fred Kalister Endowed Award

Students who are enrolled full- or part-time at Ohio University Lancaster Campus; preference for this scholarship will be given to students pursuing a degree in art or English; preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need based on federal financial aid standards, as determined by the University's financial aid office.

James Karns Mathematics Scholarship

Students who are enrolled full- or part-time at Ohio University Lancaster Campus; students majoring in mathematics, education or related fields; students with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Charles Kilburger Scholarship (full-tuition scholarship)

Students who are enrolled and begin their studies full-time at Ohio University Lancaster Campus; students should reside in Fairfield County, OH; students may transfer with this scholarship to the Athens campus as academic programming requires; students must maintain at least a 2.7 GPA to maintain the scholarship for four years; preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need based on federal financial aid standards, as determined by the University's financial aid office.

Dennis and Mary Ann Lupher Scholarship

Students who are enrolled full- or part-time at Ohio University Lancaster Campus; students with a GPA of 3.0 or above or graduate in the 40% of high school class; preference will be given to students who are non-traditional (over age 25).

Betty Menson Scholarship

Students who are enrolled full- or part-time at Ohio University Lancaster Campus; preference will be given to students who are non-traditional (over age 25); preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need based on federal financial aid standards, as determined by the University's financial aid office; students who demonstrate academic achievement. This scholarship has a later deadline of July 31.

Joan Nixon Freshman Scholarship

Students who are enrolled at Ohio University Lancaster Campus; this scholarship is awarded to the outstanding freshman applicant from Lancaster High School or Fairfield County.

Joan Nixon Transfer Scholarship

Scholarship is awarded to students relocating to the Athens Campus from the Lancaster Campus.

OUL Challenge Scholarship (established by Mark Sells and Family)

Students who are enrolled full-time at Ohio University Lancaster Campus; preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need based on federal financial aid standards, as determined by the University's financial aid office; students with a minimum GPA of 2.7.

PNC Bank Scholarship

Students who are enrolled full-time at Ohio University Lancaster Campus; students must be majoring in business administration or related fields; an accumulative GPA of 2.75 is required for scholarship.

Scott Shepherd Memorial Scholarship

Students who are enrolled full- or part-time at Ohio University Lancaster Campus; preference will be given to students seeking a degree in communication studies; consideration will be given to applicants with physical disabilities.

Charles R. and Marilyn Y. Stuckey OUL Scholarship

(up to 90% tuition scholarship) Students who are enrolled full- or part-time at Ohio University Lancaster Campus; preference will be given to students who graduated from Lancaster High School or William V. Fisher Catholic High School; students with a GPA of at least 3.4; students who are pursuing a degree in engineering, computer science, natural sciences, industrial technology, mathematics or related fields.

Herbert Stalter Scholarship

Students who are enrolled full- or part-time at Ohio University Lancaster Campus; Preference will be given to non-traditional students (over the age of 25); preference will be given to students who are majoring in history; there is no GPA disqualifier but preference will be given to those with a GPA between 2.5 and 3.5; student must be demonstrating hard work and dedication to their studies; financial need will be considered for this award.

Larry E. Tipton Working Student Scholarship

Students who are enrolled full- or part-time at Ohio University Lancaster Campus; preference will be given to students majoring in business, education, communication or marketing; students who graduated from a high school within Fairfield County or contiguous counties with high academic standing; students who maintain a full-time or part-time job at the time of application process (must have a job to renew scholarship in subsequent years); student must have a strong recommendation from current employer, with dates of employment.

Dr. James Bryant International Scholarship

Preference will be given to international students who attend Ohio University Lancaster Campus.­ Students pursuing academic opportunities overseas may also apply for this award.­

Richard C. & Betty Jo Weiser Endowed Scholarship

Students who are enrolled full- or part-time at Ohio University Lancaster Campus; this scholarship is awarded alternately every other year; preference will be given to students pursuing a degree in business, education or related fields; financial need will be considered for this award.

Contact Us

Primary

Martha Tanedo, M.A.
Assistant Director of Regional Financial Aid
Bennett Hall - Room 134D
740.774.7733
tanedo@ohio.edu

Secondary

Vicki DeLucas
Assistant Director of Regional Financial Aid
Elson Hall - Room 141
740.588.1441
delucas@ohio.edu

Secondary

Jacki Adkins
Assistant Director of Regional Financial Aid
Student Resource Commons, Collins Center - Southern
740.533.4603
adkinsj@ohio.edu