COVID-19 financial aid

COVID-19 financial assistance for students

Ohio State was recently awarded $42.9 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help mitigate financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Of this total, $21.4 million will be used to assist students experiencing financial hardships caused by the pandemic. The university also has set aside a portion of university donor funds to assist with this emergency.

Together As Buckeyes emergency grants program

Ohio State has emergency grants available to aid students who are struggling with living expenses or facing other unexpected financial challenges related to the disruption of campus operations due to this pandemic, including expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

Ohio State recognizes the broad impacts of COVID-19 and is making these funds available to undergraduate, graduate and professional students on all Ohio State campuses.

How to apply for a Together As Buckeyes emergency grant

  • Fill out and sign the Emergency Request form and gather supporting documentation.
  • Upload all forms and documents to the Secure Document Uploader.
  • If you can't upload your materials, you may fax them to 614-292-9264 or mail them to Buckeye Link, P.O. Box 183029, Columbus OH 43218-3029.

Eligibility requirements

Emergency grant aid will be awarded in accordance with federal, state and institutional rules and regulations. Students can apply for emergency grants through the Emergency Request form and address questions to Buckeye Link. Eligibility requirements differ by funding source, but the university will address applications from students who meet these criteria:

  • Currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate or professional students in a degree granting program on any Ohio State campus who meet Title IV federal student aid eligibility guidelines, which are determined after completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid
    Students who are not eligible to file a FAFSA, or who do not meet the federal student aid eligibility guidelines, will be considered for other sources of emergency funds

  • Students who were not enrolled in an exclusively online distance education program on or before March 13, 2020

  • Have or can demonstrate financial need or hardship caused by or because of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Other agencies, including some colleges/departments, are also providing emergency aid to students and families.  If you have already received emergency funds from another university source you should only apply if you have additional expenses that were not already covered

For more information about COVID-19 grants or emergency funds, contact Buckeye Link.