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Top 40 Ohio Scholarships in April 2024

Written by Maria Geiger

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Updated: April 4th, 2024

The state of Ohio gets its name from the Iroquois word “ohi-yo,” which means “great river.” The name “Ohio” just sounds friendly, doesn’t it? Say O-HI-O slowly–it makes you smile for good reason! There are so many wonderful things about this state that everyone should know about, including the amazing Ohio scholarships and resources offered. Check out the following list and apply for what you are eligible for!

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Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG)

Offered by Ohio Department of Higher Education

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Oct 1, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by Ohio Department of Higher Education

The Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) is open to Ohio residents in an associate degree, first bachelor’s degree, or nurse diploma program at an eligible…Show More

The Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) is open to Ohio residents in an associate degree, first bachelor’s degree, or nurse diploma program at an eligible…Show More

The Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) is open to Ohio residents in an associate degree, first bachelor’s degree, or nurse diploma program at an eligible Ohio or Pennsylvania institution with an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of $3,750 or less and a maximum household income of $96,000. To apply, interested students must submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by October 1st of the application year. If you're eligible, we encourage you to apply, and wish you good luck! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Oct 1, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

$10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Scholarships360

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1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Scholarships360

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The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

$2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application
1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
Apply

Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Twisted Pink

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by Twisted Pink

The Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship Award is open to young adults who have lost a parent to metastatic breast cancer or have financial hardship…Show More

The Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship Award is open to young adults who have lost a parent to metastatic breast cancer or have financial hardship…Show More

The Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship Award is open to young adults who have lost a parent to metastatic breast cancer or have financial hardship due to a parent currently living with metastatic breast cancer who wishes to seek higher education as a post-high school graduate. At this time scholarship applications will be considered from individuals living in IN, KY, OH, or TN. To apply for the Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship, submit a written essay about the subject of your choice, no more than five pages in length. Applicants should include proof of nominee qualifications either in the form of an obituary, a copy of the death certificate, or a signed letter from the parents’ medical oncologist. Applications should be submitted to: Twisted Pink – Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship Award, 8016 Vinecrest Avenue #2, Louisville, KY 40222. Email applications can be sent to [email protected] with the Subject "Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship Award".Show Less

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

Niche $25,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Niche

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Niche

Easy Application

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

American Legion Auxiliary Department of Ohio Past Presidents’ Parley Nurses Scholarship

Offered by American Legion Auxiliary Department of Ohio

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by American Legion Auxiliary Department of Ohio

Are you a nursing student from Ohio who is a veteran or the descendent of a veteran who served during (a) April 6, 1917 –…Show More

Are you a nursing student from Ohio who is a veteran or the descendent of a veteran who served during (a) April 6, 1917 –…Show More

Are you a nursing student from Ohio who is a veteran or the descendent of a veteran who served during (a) April 6, 1917 – Nov. 11, 1918 or (b) December 7, 1941 - present day? If so, consider applying for the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Ohio Past Presidents' Parley Nurses Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship is awarded to multiple aspiring nurses who are veterans or direct descendants of honorably discharged veterans. To apply, interested students must submit three letters of recommendation, proof of acceptance at their university, and a photocopy of the veteran’s Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Form DD-214) or other government document showing time served on active military duty during the eligibility period(s). If you're an aspiring nurse who has either served in the military or is the descendant of a veteran, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

Ohio EPA Scholarship

Offered by The Ohio Academy of Science

Multiple awards worth up to $5,000
Deadline Apr 17, 2024
Grade Level College Upperclassmen

Offered by The Ohio Academy of Science

Are you a college student in Ohio interested in environmental science or environmental engineering? If so, consider applying for the Ohio EPA Scholarship! The scholarship…Show More

Are you a college student in Ohio interested in environmental science or environmental engineering? If so, consider applying for the Ohio EPA Scholarship! The scholarship…Show More

Are you a college student in Ohio interested in environmental science or environmental engineering? If so, consider applying for the Ohio EPA Scholarship! The scholarship is open to undergraduate students in Ohio who are interested in obtaining careers in the environmental sciences or environmental engineering. The Ohio Academy of Science, a membership-based, volunteer-driven nonprofit organization, offers the scholarship program for students. Their mission is to foster “curiosity, discovery, and innovation and to unite all who value education, science, engineering, technology, or their applications for the benefit of society.” Eligible recipients earn up to $5,000 to be used for tuition, fees, books, personal protection equipment, tools, instruments, and field equipment. If you are passionate about a career in environmental science or engineering, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $5,000
Deadline Apr 17, 2024
Grade Level College Upperclassmen
Get Started

Anthony Munoz Scholarship Fund

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Anthony Munoz Foundation

Multiple awards worth $20,000
Deadline Apr 26, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Anthony Munoz Foundation

The Anthony Munoz Scholarship Fund is on the lookout for high school seniors from select counties in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio who are determined to…Show More

The Anthony Munoz Scholarship Fund is on the lookout for high school seniors from select counties in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio who are determined to…Show More

The Anthony Munoz Scholarship Fund is on the lookout for high school seniors from select counties in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio who are determined to overcome adversity and display financial need. If you attend a high school in the Foundation's Area of Impact and are planning to attend an eligible Tri-State college or university with a freshman status in the upcoming Fall semester, you could be eligible for this scholarship. If you're a high school senior from an eligible county and who will be attending an eligible university, don't miss out on this opportunity to pursue your dreams! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $20,000
Deadline Apr 26, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

$10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

John Klusch Scholarships

Offered by AIST Foundation

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

Offered by AIST Foundation

Are you (a) the child of an AIST Member currently active in the AIST Northeastern Ohio Member Chapter, or (b) an AIST Student Member through…Show More

Are you (a) the child of an AIST Member currently active in the AIST Northeastern Ohio Member Chapter, or (b) an AIST Student Member through…Show More

Are you (a) the child of an AIST Member currently active in the AIST Northeastern Ohio Member Chapter, or (b) an AIST Student Member through the Material Advantage Student Program who attends a university or lives within the Northeastern Ohio Member Chapter area? Further, are you enrolled full-time in an engineering or metallurgy program in North America? If so, you may be eligible for the John Klusch Scholarships! Each year, the scholarships are awarded to (a) the children of AIST Northeastern Ohio Chapter Members and (b) AIST Student Members (through the Material Advantage Student Program) who attend a university or live within the Northeastern Ohio Member Chapter area. Applicants must also be enrolled full-time at an accredited North American university or college studying engineering or metallurgy. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
Get Started

David V. Stivison Appalachian Community Action Scholarship Fund

Offered by Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD)

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level College Freshman

Offered by Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD)

The David V. Stivison Appalachian Community Action Scholarship Fund is looking for applicants who meet the following criteria: (1) be a resident of the 30-county…Show More

The David V. Stivison Appalachian Community Action Scholarship Fund is looking for applicants who meet the following criteria: (1) be a resident of the 30-county…Show More

The David V. Stivison Appalachian Community Action Scholarship Fund is looking for applicants who meet the following criteria: (1) be a resident of the 30-county COAD service area for at least one year before the application deadline, (2) reside in a household with a total annual income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines, (3) have obtained or will obtain a high school degree or GED, and (4) show proof of acceptance by an accredited 2-year or 4-year institution of higher education. If you meet these criteria, apply now for a chance to receive this scholarship!Show Less

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level College Freshman
Get Started

$1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Appily

Easy Application
Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore

Offered by Appily

Easy Application

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore
Apply

Energize Your Education Scholarship

Offered by ElectricityPlans.com

1 award worth $500
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by ElectricityPlans.com

Get ready to Energize Your Education with ElectricityPlans.com's scholarship! High school seniors in Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut who plan to attend a two- or…Show More

Get ready to Energize Your Education with ElectricityPlans.com's scholarship! High school seniors in Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut who plan to attend a two- or…Show More

Get ready to Energize Your Education with ElectricityPlans.com's scholarship! High school seniors in Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut who plan to attend a two- or four-year college program in this upcoming Fall semester, or the following Spring semester, are eligible to apply. With a minimum 3.2 GPA, you could win $500 towards your education by showcasing your impressive academic performance, the quality of your submission, and your community impact. Don't miss out on this opportunity to make a positive difference and invest in your future!Show Less

1 award worth $500
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

Ohio War Orphan & Severely Disabled Veterans’ Children Scholarship Program

Offered by Ohio Department of Higher Education

Multiple awards worth $6,490
Deadline May 15, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by Ohio Department of Higher Education

The Ohio War Orphan & Severely Disabled Veterans' Children Scholarship Program (WOS) awards tuition assistance to the children of deceased or severely disabled Ohio veterans…Show More

The Ohio War Orphan & Severely Disabled Veterans' Children Scholarship Program (WOS) awards tuition assistance to the children of deceased or severely disabled Ohio veterans…Show More

The Ohio War Orphan & Severely Disabled Veterans' Children Scholarship Program (WOS) awards tuition assistance to the children of deceased or severely disabled Ohio veterans who served in the armed forces during a period of declared war or conflict. To receive War Orphans Scholarship benefits, applicants must be 16 - 24-year-old Ohio residents enrolled for full-time undergraduate study and pursuing an associate or bachelor's degree at an eligible Ohio college or university. If you're an undergraduate student in Ohio with a parent who was left deceased or disabled while in the armed forces, we encourage you to apply. Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $6,490
Deadline May 15, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

$5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application
1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Thomas J. Seefred Trust Scholarship

Offered by Thomas J. Seefred Trust

Multiple awards worth up to $3,000
Deadline Jun 1, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by Thomas J. Seefred Trust

Are you an Ohio student who has been diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes? If so, the Thomas J. Seefred Scholarship may be a great opportunity for…Show More

Are you an Ohio student who has been diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes? If so, the Thomas J. Seefred Scholarship may be a great opportunity for…Show More

Are you an Ohio student who has been diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes? If so, the Thomas J. Seefred Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! The $3,000 scholarship is open to all Ohio residents with Juvenile Diabetes who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree. This scholarship was established in 2005 and is supported by the Thomas J. Seefred Trust. In order to apply, you must complete the online application, submit supporting documentation, and write a 500-word essay on the impact that Juvenile Diabetes has had on you. If you fit the criteria and would like some help paying for college, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $3,000
Deadline Jun 1, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

Mark Neiswander “110” Memorial Scholarship

Offered by Bold.org

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline Jun 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

Offered by Bold.org

Introducing the Mark Neiswander "110" Memorial Scholarship, a tribute to the remarkable life of a loving father from Urbana, Ohio. Mark's unwavering commitment to his…Show More

Introducing the Mark Neiswander "110" Memorial Scholarship, a tribute to the remarkable life of a loving father from Urbana, Ohio. Mark's unwavering commitment to his…Show More

Introducing the Mark Neiswander "110" Memorial Scholarship, a tribute to the remarkable life of a loving father from Urbana, Ohio. Mark's unwavering commitment to his family and community served as his guiding light. Inspired by the electrifying spirit of The Ohio University Marching 110, renowned as the "Most Exciting Band in the Land," this scholarship embodies Mark's tireless work ethic and the essence of the 110%. Mark cherished his tight-knit hometown and believed in giving back. Now, this scholarship aims to empower students from small Ohio towns to pursue higher education. If you're a high school senior or undergraduate student in Ohio who showcases leadership, volunteering experience, or academic excellence, seize this opportunity. To apply, share your pride in being an American, the change you aspire to see in our nation, and how you plan to make that change a reality.Show Less

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline Jun 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
Get Started

$2,000 No Essay CollegeVine Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by CollegeVine

Easy Application
1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Students

Offered by CollegeVine

Easy Application

Easy scholarship open to current high school students and college applicants. A free CollegeVine account with a completed chancing profile required to enter.

Easy scholarship open to current high school students and college applicants. A free CollegeVine account with a completed chancing profile required to enter.

Easy scholarship open to current high school students and college applicants. A free CollegeVine account with a completed chancing profile required to enter.

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Students
Apply

Sullivan – Deckard Scholarship Opportunity Program

Offered by Cleveland State University

1 award worth Varies
Deadline Rolling
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Cleveland State University

Are you an incoming Cleveland State University student who has spent time in foster care and is between 17 and 20 years of age? If…Show More

Are you an incoming Cleveland State University student who has spent time in foster care and is between 17 and 20 years of age? If…Show More

Are you an incoming Cleveland State University student who has spent time in foster care and is between 17 and 20 years of age? If so, the Sullivan - Deckard Scholarship Opportunity Program may be a great opportunity for you. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to up to 10 incoming CSU students who submit a ~1,000-word personal interest essay, their ACT score, two letters of recommendation, and a transcript. The scholarship can be renewed each semester provided that the recipients maintain good academic standing (minimum 2.5 GPA) and continue to meet the other renewal requirements. If you're an incoming CSU student and have been in foster care, we encourage you to apply. Keep on reading to learn more!Show Less

1 award worth Varies
Deadline Rolling
Grade Level High School Senior
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How to win Ohio scholarships

Ohio has a rich history, especially in regard to education. Let’s just say that Ohio knows a thing or two about supporting students as they move on up in the world (think seven presidents and the first human on the moon!). So, it’s no surprise that you are a proactive student looking to win Ohio scholarships! 

In order to win Ohio scholarships, you should connect the unique aspects of Ohio to your own personal passions. While responding to Ohio scholarship essay prompts, you should be connecting back to Ohio as a state and how it has helped you to reach your goals. Whatever your passion may be, be sure to connect it back to Ohio! Doing so will reveal how much Ohio means to you and demonstrate that you are a great candidate for winning an Ohio scholarship! 

Writing resources for acing Ohio scholarship essays

Many Ohio scholarships may require you to write an essay about yourself which can range anywhere from a 250 word essay to a 500 word essay. Therefore, read over our Scholarships360 guide to finding and winning scholarships. Additionally, check out how to start and how to end a scholarship essay to ensure your scholarship essay will be perfect from beginning to end! 

Ohio student debt snapshot

According to the Department of Education, in total, Ohio residents owe $62.3 billion in federal student loan debt. Student borrowers owe an average of $34,721 each (those numbers do not include private loans). Around 51.2% of loan borrowers are under the age of 35. 

As you are starting your higher education journey, remember that scholarships allow students to take fewer loans. Make sure that you apply to as many scholarships as you qualify for!

Merit scholarships at Ohio colleges and universities

Ohio State University

  • Eligibility: Incoming freshmen with a 3.0 to 3.5+ GPA
  • Amount: Up to the full cost of tuition
  • Deadline: November 1

Ohio University

  • Eligibility: First year students based on academic merit as demonstrated by strength of curriculum and cumulative high school grade point average
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: November 15

University of Cincinnati

  • Eligibility: Incoming freshmen based on overall admission application (including response to the personal statement), transcript and test scores
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: Admission to University of Cincinnati 

Bowling Green State University

  • Eligibility: Incoming freshmen who have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and 20 ACT or 3.0 GPA and 1040 SAT
  • Amount: $1,000 up to $9,500
  • Deadline: February 1

Kent State University

  • Eligibility: First year students based on GPA, rigor of courses, and overall achievement and talents
  • Amount: Up to $6,000
  • Deadline: March 1

Kenyon College

  • Eligibility: First year students who display academic excellence (usually in the top 10% of their class) and spirited involvement in school or community activities
  • Amount: $10,000 up to $25,000 
  • Deadline: Admission to Kenyon College

Miami University-Oxford

  • Eligibility: Qualified incoming first year students who have a 3.5+ GPA
  • Amount: $1,000 up to $4,000
  • Deadline: December 1

Oberlin College

  • Eligibility: All admitted students are considered for merit scholarships, which are based on academic achievement
  • Amount: $10,000 
  • Deadline: Admission to Oberlin College

University of Dayton

  • Eligibility: Merit scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen based on a variety of criteria including GPA, test scores (if submitted) and academic rigor
  • Amount: Up to $31,000
  • Deadline: Admission to the University of Dayton

Consider in-state tuition and tuition reciprocity 

In-state tuition allows residents of a state to receive cheaper tuition for a college or university in their state. Additionally, many universities and colleges reserve scholarships and financial aid for in-state students, which helps reduce the cost of attending college for those who live there.

Here are a few well-known Ohio universities and their in-state vs out-of-state tuition costs:

Ohio State University

  • In-state tuition: $12,859
  • Out-of-state tuition: $38,365

Ohio University

  • In-state tuition: $13,376
  • Out-of-state tuition: $24,114

University of Cincinnati

  • In-state tuition: $13,570
  • Out-of-state tuition: $28,904

How do you get in-state tuition? 

The above comparisons show that being an Ohio resident reduces the cost of tuition for Ohio universities and colleges. In order to become an Ohio resident for tuition purposes, you will need to live in Ohio for a full 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the term for which you are applying for residency. In addition, you will need to demonstrate your intent to become an Ohio resident. This includes obtaining an Ohio’s driver’s license, automobile registration, and voting registration. Additionally, you will need to demonstrate that during this 12 month period, you earned a sufficient amount of income to meet all expenses without the need of financial assistance from outside of the state of Ohio. Most importantly, you should check with your intended Ohio institution what their requirements are for Ohio resident tuition. 

Does Ohio offer tuition reciprocity? 

Yes, Ohio is a member of the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) which is a tuition reciprocity program for Midwest states. In this program, students from participating MSEP states will pay no more than 150 percent in-state resident tuition to attend participating institutions in select Midwestern states. 

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FAFSA guide

On October 1st of every year, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens nationwide. Ohio students should complete the FAFSA to be eligible for federal student aid as well as some scholarships.

Frequently asked questions about Ohio scholarships

Who is eligible to apply for Choose Ohio First Scholarships?

Choose Ohio First Scholarships are open to Ohio residents majoring in eligible STEMM fields. Applicants must have a high school grade point average of 3.25 or higher, an ACT score of 27 or higher, or SAT score of 1300 or higher.

Does Ohio offer tuition-free college?

Some Ohio colleges and universities offer full tuition merit scholarships. Additionally, there are some scholarships that cover full tuition. However, it may be challenging to receive these competitive scholarships, so be sure to have a well-rounded application! 

Can I apply for multiple scholarships?

Yes! In fact, we encourage you to apply for multiple scholarships to help lower the price of college. Apply early and often to and for all the scholarships you qualify for!
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