Second Chance Grant Pilot Program

​Second Chance Grant

The Ohio Department of Education’s (ODHE) Second Chance Grant Pilot Program is a $2,000 grant available to disenrolled students wishing to renew their pursuit of a college degree by re-enrolling at a qualifying institution, such as The Ohio State University.

The one-time grant is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis to students who stopped out of (withdrew from) an Ohio public university (any campus) or community college and who meet the following criteria:

  • Current resident of the state of Ohio
  • Last date of attendance was between one and five years ago
  • Have not yet earned a bachelor's degree from ANY college or university
  • In good academic standing with no disciplinary issues at disenrollment
  • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and accept any need-based state or federal grants to which you are entitled

Note: Recipients of the following Ohio scholarships are not eligible: Choose Ohio First, Ohio Safety Officers College Memorial Fund, War Orphans and Severely Disabled Veteran's Scholarship Program, Ohio National Guard Scholarship.

To determine if you qualify for a Second Chance Grant Pilot Program by enrolling at Ohio State, contact Buckeye Link or the regional financial aid office of the campus you wish to attend.

For more information go to: Second Chance Grant Pilot Program.

Note: There is a limited pool of Second Chance Grant funds and as such it is possible that not all qualifying students will be able to receive a grant.

If you previously attended Ohio State but have disenrolled, you might be eligible to apply for Complete Ohio State. A program that supports former Columbus campus students wishing to re-enroll and complete their degree.