Ohio Financial Aid
For information on scholarships, grants, work-study opportunities, loans, and loan forgiveness programs contact:
Ohio Department of Higher Education
25 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Ohio College Opportunity Grant
Eligibility — Ohio residents in an associate’s degree, first bachelor’s degree, or nurse diploma program at an eligible Ohio or Pennsylvania institution with an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of $2,190 or less and a maximum household income of $96,000.
Award — maximum award is $3,500 for use at a private institution and $2,000 for Ohio public colleges and universities. Awards are prorated for part-time enrollment. Awards are also available to Ohio students who attend college in Pennsylvania.
For additional information contact the high school guidance office or the college financial aid office.
Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program
This program aims to recruit and retain talented Ohio students in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) and STEMM education fields.
Award — varies by program and school.
For additional information and a list of participating schools visit ohiohighered.org/cof.
Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program
Eligibility — Ohio students enrolled for at least half-time study (or accepted for enrollment) in an approved Ohio pre-licensure nurse education program and who intend to work as a nurse after graduation.
Award — currently, the maximum award is $1,602 per year based on financial need, renewable for up to four years. In exchange for monies received, the recipient must agree to work as a full-time registered nurse in the state of Ohio for a minimum of five years. Students must complete the FAFSA to be considered.
Due to limited funding available and the continued abundance of practicing LPNs, NEALP will once again make awards only to RN and nurse instructor candidates.
NEALP does not automatically renew; students need to reapply annually.
For additional information, call 614-466-3561.
John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program
Eligibility — state and federal public defenders and state prosecutors who agree to remain employed as public defenders and prosecutors for at least three years.
Award — loan repayment assistance for Federal student loans.
Eligibility — any public or private Ohio high school graduate who leaves the state but returns to enroll in an undergraduate or graduate program at an Ohio public college and also establishes residency in Ohio.
Award — student pays the in-state resident tuition rate at all state institutions of higher education within the University System of Ohio.
For additional information contact the Ohio Department of Higher Education.
Ohio Safety Officers College Memorial Fund
Eligibility — legal residents who are the children or spouses of Ohio peace officers, firefighters, and certain other safety officers who were killed in the line of duty anywhere in the United States.
Assistance is also available to children and spouses of a member of the armed services of the United States who has been killed in the line of duty during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or a combat zone designated by the President of the United States. A student is only eligible for this program if he/she is not eligible for the Ohio War Orphans Scholarship.
Award — the cost of all instructional and general fees for full- or part-time study at Ohio public colleges and universities or a maximum of $8,451 at Ohio private institutions.
For an application or additional information contact the Ohio Department of Higher Education State Grants and Scholarships Department at ohiohighered.org/sgs.
Ohio War Orphan & Severely Disabled Veterans' Scholarship
Eligibility — legal residents of Ohio, under the age of 25, enrolled in full-time undergraduate study and pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree at an eligible Ohio college or university who are children of Ohio veterans who died or were severely disabled as a result of service in the armed forces during a period of declared war or conflict.
Award — for academic year 2020–2021, students attending Public Institutions will be funded 100 percent of tuition and general fees, and students attending private institutions will receive an annual award amount of $8,575 for the year.
For an application or additional information contact the Ohio Department of Higher Education State Grants and Scholarships Department, high school guidance offices, veterans service offices and college Financial Aid Offices.
Ohio National Guard Scholarships
Eligibility — ONG Members in an active six-year or more enlistment with the Ohio National Guard (Includes Active Guard/Reserve) who have not yet received a bachelor’s degree.
The scholarship is for members of both the Ohio Army and Air National Guard.
The scholarship encourages young Ohioans to go to school in Ohio and serve in the Ohio National Guard.
Award — 100 percent of tuition and general fees at state universities or the equivalent amount at private institutions with a lifetime maximum of 96 Educational Units (four years, full-time), of tuition assistance toward an undergraduate degree at a participating Ohio school during their enlistment.
Eligible ONG Members (Includes Active Guard/Reserve) with at least three years of prior service are awarded a maximum of 48 Educational Units (two years, full-time).
Applications and information: