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Sixty Plus Program

Ohio State Law (Section 3345.27 of the Ohio Revised Code - House Bill 147 - effective March 30, 1999) permits the qualifying student to attend any state college or university without paying "tuition or matriculation" fees*. This program is available only for regular classroom undergraduate courses offered on the Athens and regional campuses and only if space is available in the class.  Online or eCampus courses do not qualify.

Registration will be processed only after priority registration for other students is completed.

A qualifying student is defined as "any person who is sixty years of age or older and who has resided in the state for at least one year."

Under this provision, the student has two options:

  • Option A - Non-Credit
    The qualifying student who wishes to participate in classes but not for credit asks permission of the instructor to sit in on the class. The student should follow the procedures for Option A students on the Sixty Plus Program form (PDF) and share the form with the instructor for information purposes as well as to show student eligibility for the program. The Office of the University Registrar will assist anyone who needs help with this.
  • Option B - For Credit
    The Option B procedures are for the qualifying student who wishes to earn credit for the tuition-free courses. The academic load under this arrangement for a given semester must be less than full-time; i.e., less than 12 hours. In addition to being a "qualified student" as described above, the student's family income must be "less than two hundred percent of the federal poverty guideline, as revised annually by the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services in accordance with Section 673 of the "Community Services Block Grant Act,' 95 Stat. 511 (1981) 42 U.S.C.A 9002, as amended, for a family size equal to the size of the family of the person whose income is being determined."

*Course fees, technology fees, laboratory fees, etc., are the responsibility of the student and will not be waived.