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OHIO Regional Promise Program for Fall 2024

OHIO Regional Promise Award for Fall 2024

Ohio University is committed to making the college experience more accessible to our neighbors in every community we serve with the OHIO Regional Promise for Fall 2024.

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Through the OHIO Regional Promise Award, if you’re a qualifying fall 2024 regional campus applicant you can earn a degree for free.

Start Here, Finish There

We’re taking that promise even further. Finish at least one successful year of study on any of our regional campuses as an OHIO Regional Promise Award recipient, and you can qualify for a renewable $5,000 One OHIO Scholarship to complete your degree on our Athens campus.

 

OHIO Regional Promise Award for Fall 2024

This renewable pilot program will cover the full cost of tuition and mandatory fees to attend an Ohio University regional campus for fall 2024 incoming full-time, Pell-eligible freshmen with a minimum 3.0 high school GPA.

 

To qualify for the OHIO Regional Promise Award for Fall 2024*:

  1. Submit your application by the extended deadline of March 15, 2024. 
  2. Send your high school transcript showing that you’ve earned a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. 
  3. Submit 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) results by OHIO's first-priority deadline, which has been extended to at least March 15, 2024, and qualify for the federal Pell Grant. 
  4. Enroll for the fall 2024 semester as a full-time, first-year, degree-seeking student on one of OHIO’s regional campuses. 

* Subject to eligibility requirements defined in the Frequently Asked Questions. Cumulative weighted or unweighted GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale; OHIO will recalculate GPAs to 4.0 scale as needed. 

 

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One OHIO Scholarship

We’re taking our promise even further. OHIO Regional Promise Award students who successfully complete at least one year (two semesters earning at least 24 semester hours after high school graduation) at a regional campus and wish to relocate to the Athens campus to complete their undergraduate degree have the option to replace their remaining Regional Promise Award eligibility with a One OHIO Scholarship, valued at $5,000 annually toward Athens campus tuition and fees.

 

To qualify for the One OHIO Scholarship:

  1. Qualify for and receive the OHIO Regional Promise award as a degree-seeking first-year student in fall 2024. 
  2. Complete at least one year (24 semester hours) with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on one of OHIO’s regional campuses. 
  3. Declare intent to relocate to the Athens campus by the relocation deadline, and enroll in a minimum of 12 credits on the Athens campus.
  4. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student (FAFSA) annually by the first-priority date and qualify for the federal Pell Grant. 
 

OHIO Regional Advantage Awards

In addition to the OHIO Regional Promise Program, the new OHIO Regional Advantage Awards offers a set of renewable scholarships and awards for first-year, degree-seeking students who are new to an Ohio University campus for fall 2024. The OHIO Regional Advantage Awards Program recognizes the exemplary academic achievement within our regional communities. In this versatile scholarship program, some awards can be combined for generous scholarship packages.

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Frequently Asked Questions

OHIO Regional Promise Award

What is the OHIO Regional Promise Award?

The OHIO Regional Promise Award is an automatic four-year renewable scholarship program covering up to the full cost of regional campus tuition and mandatory fees for Pell-eligible students with a minimum 3.0 high school GPA enrolling at one of OHIO’s regional campuses for the fall 2024 semester as a full-time, first-year, degree-seeking student. A “last dollar” program, the scholarship will cover any gap between the cost of regional tuition and mandatory fees and what Pell Grant and/or federal, state, or other institutional aid do not cover.

How can I be considered for the OHIO Regional Promise at a regional campus?
  1. Submit your OHIO application for your regional campus of choice by the extended deadline of March 15, 2024.
  2. Send your high school transcript showing that you’ve earned a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. 
  3. Submit the 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) so that OHIO receives your results by the first-priority date, which has been extended to at least March 15, 2024, and qualify for the federal Pell Grant. 
  4. Enroll in fall 2024 as a full-time, first-year, degree-seeking student on one of OHIO’s regional campuses. 
     
Do I have to be an Ohio resident to be eligible?

Both Ohio residents and non-Ohio residents are eligible for the OHIO Regional Promise Award and One OHIO Scholarship. The OHIO Regional Promise Award will cover the required non-resident fee for students who are not Ohio residents for tuition purposes. Note: Residents of Kentucky and West Virginia may be eligible for Ohio residency for tuition purposes.

Which academic programs or majors are eligible for the OHIO Regional Promise Award?

The OHIO Regional Promise Award is available to eligible students pursuing any of our undergraduate degree programs at any OHIO regional campus. The award is renewable for four years (eight semesters) for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree, and two years (four semesters) for students pursuing an associate degree. 

Is the OHIO Regional Promise Award available to students who have already applied for fall 2024?

Yes! If you’ve already applied to an OHIO regional campus for fall 2024, make sure your FAFSA results are sent to OHIO by the first-priority date, which was extended to at least March 15, 2024, to be considered for the OHIO Regional Promise Award.

Can I still apply to OHIO’s regional campuses if I don’t have a 3.0 GPA?

Yes, of course! Even if you don’t qualify for the OHIO Regional Promise Award, we look forward to receiving your application and your FAFSA. All of OHIO’s regional campuses offer an open admission policy for high school graduates. Admission is based on an official high school transcript or equivalent. Federal, state or institutional financial aid may be available, depending on your FAFSA results.

What is the FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) serves as the application for all federal, state and institutional financial aid at Ohio University. Students can file their FAFSA online at fafsa.gov. The FAFSA is not required for many merit-based scholarships at OHIO, but students must file a FAFSA each year to be eligible for the renewable OHIO Regional Promise Award and the One OHIO Scholarship. Your FAFSA must be submitted by the first-priority date, which was extended to at least March 15, 2024, to be considered for the 2024 OHIO Regional Promise Award.

If filing the FAFSA qualifies me for financial aid, including loans, do I have to accept the aid in order to receive the OHIO Regional Promise Award?

The OHIO Regional Promise Program is intended to cover any remaining gap between federal, state and institutional grants/scholarships and regional campus tuition and mandatory fees. Families are not obligated to accept any other types of financial aid that might be offered, including loans.

How do I apply for scholarships and aid in addition to the OHIO Regional Promise Award?

Your application for admission to a regional campus also serves as your application for University scholarships. Completing the FAFSA allows you to be considered for all other types of financial aid.

Can scholarships awarded outside of Ohio University be combined with the OHIO Regional Promise Program?

Yes! Any outside scholarships you receive will not impact your eligibility for the OHIO Regional Promise. 

If I’m considering the Athens campus and one of the regional campuses, what do I do?

Typically, students who are admitted to both Athens and a regional campus will be offered financial aid based on anticipated enrollment on the Athens campus. Financial aid offers, which will be mailed beginning in April, will display the campus and housing assumptions used in determining the financial aid provided. If a student would like to find out what types and amounts of financial aid are available at a regional campus, please email financial.aid@ohio.edu

If I am awarded the OHIO Regional Promise Award, am I required to take all my courses on one campus?

Students who have earned a Regional Promise Award on any regional campus may pursue coursework offered by any of OHIO’s regional campuses.

Is the OHIO Regional Promise Award available at OHIO’s Athens campus?

Eligibility for the OHIO Regional Promise Award requires full-time enrollment at one of OHIO’s regional campuses for fall 2024. The One OHIO Scholarship is available for Regional Promise Award recipients who wish to relocate to Athens after at least one year at the regional campus. Qualified students interested in attending the Athens campus in fall 2024 may be eligible for OHIO Admission Promise consideration, as well as other scholarships and financial aid specific to that campus.

Are transfer applicants or current regional campus students eligible for the OHIO Regional Promise Award?

Not at this time. The OHIO Regional Promise Award is available to students enrolling a full-time, first-year, degree-seeking student on one of OHIO’s regional campuses beginning in fall 2024. Transfer applicants who are ready for a change in their higher education plans are welcome to apply to OHIO and will be eligible for consideration for any transfer scholarships available at their campus. For need-based financial assistance, transfer students should complete the FAFSA.

Are international freshman applicants eligible for the OHIO Regional Promise Program?

Eligibility for the OHIO Regional Promise Program is limited to students who are eligible to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students on F-1 or J-1 visas are not eligible to file a FAFSA.

Are there exceptions to the OHIO Regional Promise Award?

The OHIO Regional Promise Award may not be combined with some University scholarships, full-tuition Employee/Dependent Educational Benefits, or any other award valued at full tuition.

Does the OHIO Regional Promise Award apply beyond fall 2024?

The OHIO Regional Promise applies to fall 2024 applicants at this time. We’ll share more information about application requirements for the 2025 application cycle next academic year. Join our mailing list to stay informed!

Renewal Requirements and Relocating to the Athens Campus

What are the requirements to renew the OHIO Regional Promise Award?

The OHIO Regional Promise Award is renewable for up to four consecutive years of undergraduate study (two semesters per year) at OHIO’s regional campuses for students enrolled in a bachelor’s degree. The award is renewable for up to two consecutive years of undergraduate study (two semesters per year) at OHIO’s regional campuses for students enrolled in an associate degree. The OHIO Regional Promise Award requires enrollment in a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester. For renewal, recipients must maintain an Ohio University cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in Ohio University coursework and file the FAFSA annually by the published first-priority date. Continued eligibility is contingent upon continued qualification for the federal Pell Grant, which may vary in value annually. Please note: For fall 2024, the first-priority date has been extended to at least March 1, 2024.

What are the requirements to renew the One OHIO Scholarship?

The One OHIO Scholarship replaces remaining renewal eligibility for the OHIO Regional Promise Award. Across both programs, the awards are renewable for a combined maximum of four consecutive years (eight semesters excluding summers) of full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate study. The One OHIO Scholarship requires enrollment in a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester on the Athens campus. For renewal, recipients must maintain an Ohio University cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in Ohio University coursework and file the FAFSA annually by the published first priority deadline (extended to March 1, 2024 for fall 2024 enrollment). Continued eligibility is contingent upon continued qualification for the federal Pell Grant, which may vary in value annually.

How do I relocate to the Athens campus?

Your regional campus Student Services office can assist you in completing an Intent to Relocate form. While relocation typically is possible for any semester, eligibility for the One OHIO Scholarship requires completing one full year (two semesters) on the regional campus. 

Program restrictions apply. Subject to change.