Student Financial Aid

Loan Programs

Short-Term University Assistance

Short-Term University Assistance is designed for students who anticipate a temporary cash flow problem or encounter an unexpected financial difficulty related to educational expenses. Additionally, the temporary and unexpected difficulty must be a result of an extenuating circumstance; a circumstance not experienced by a majority of your peers.

Eligibility Requirements

Academic eligibility:

  • Enrolled at The Ohio State University for at least one credit hour
  • Undergraduate students - at least 2.00 cumulative GPA
  • Graduate students - at least 3.00 cumulative GPA
Citizenship eligibility:
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Permanent Resident
Administrative eligibility:
  • Have a good account status with the Office of the University Bursar
  • Have no past-due short-term loans with the University - including penalties
  • Professional students - approval from college office
  • International students must present authorization from the Office of International Education
  • Receipt of a large financial aid refund for the current term may disqualify you from consideration


You may receive up to a maximum of $500 per term. Applications are accepted throughout each term but students must re-pay all currently due Short-Term assistance in full before being offered additional Short-Term assistance.

Repayment Terms

There is no interest charged on this short-term assistance. Rather, finance charges may be assessed against the amount of assistance received if it is not repaid in full within 90 days of disbursement to your student account.

Application Process

To be considered for Short-Term Assistance, please contact the Student Service Center (SSC) to determine if your extenuating circumstance makes you eligible to complete and submit an application. SSC contact information can be found here


First File the FAFSA