Ohio State determines the amount of financial aid you're eligible for by estimating the cost of attendance for the average student, then subtracting your Expected Family Contribution, taken from your F​​AFSA​. ​

  ​Cost of Attendance - Expected Family Contribution = Financial Need

Cost of Attendance (COA)

To determine your aid eligibility, we start by estimating how much attending Ohio State will cost in a given year. We take estimated direct costs (tuition, room and meal plan, and other university fees) and add them to estimated indirect costs (books and supplies, transportation, and other personal expenses). The result is a standard academic year's Cost of Attendance for a full-time student. Your actual expenses may be more or less than the average estimates used.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

The Expected Family Contribution is determined by the federal government from the information you provide on the FAFSA.

Financial Need

The Expected Family Contribution is subtracted from the Cost of Attendance to establish your financial need, which determines how much need-based aid you are eligible for each academic year.​​​

​Cost of Attendance 2016-17 Academic Year

Estimated costs and expenses are used for determining financial aid eligibility. ​​

Columbus campus​

​Ohio r​esident​​

​​​Tuition and fees​​​$12,888​
​Room and board/living​​$12,142
Books and supplies​​​​$1,234


Non-​Ohio resident​​: Living on or off campus

​​​Tuition and fees​​$33,334
​Room and board/living​​$12,142
Books and supplies​​​​$1,234

Note: Tuition and fees for professional programs vary.  See Student Tuition and Fee Tables​ for details.