How To Apply for Financial Aid

Applications at a Glance

Applications at a Glance
Aid Program Need-Based? File FAFSA each year? FAFSA and Verification
Priority Dates Apply?
Federal Pell Grant yes yes no
State of Ohio Grant Programs yes yes File FAFSA by
October 1
Freshman Foundation Program (FFP) OSU Grant yes yes yes
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) yes yes yes
Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) yes yes yes
Federal Direct Subsidized Loan yes yes no
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan no yes no
Federal Perkins Loan yes yes yes
Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) no yes no
Federal Direct PLUS Loan for Graduate and Graduate/Professional Students no yes no
Health Professions Student Loan (HPSL) yes yes yes
Nursing Student Loan (NSL) yes yes yes
Scarlet & Gray Grant yes yes yes
Land Grant Opportunity Scholarship

Recipients are selected from incoming freshmen; FAFSA is required every year.

Maximus Scholarship

These awards are merit-based scholarships and do not require a FAFSA or an Application for Special Scholarships. Recipients are selected from incoming freshmen by the Office of Admissions, the University Honors and Scholars Center, or the Office of Minority Affairs in consultation with the Student Financial Aid.

*Please note that a separate application is required for initial MSP awards.

Honors Merit Scholarships
Morrill Scholars Program (MSP)*
  • Distinction Scholarship
  • Prominence Scholarship
  • Excellence Scholarship
National Buckeye Scholarship
Trustees Scholarship

Special Eligibility Scholarships

Cooperative Scholarship Housing

File the Application for Special Scholarships by your application deadline; we strongly recommend that all students file the FAFSA so they can be considered for all scholarships and other aid for which they may be eligible.