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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
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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 2019-2020 Academic Year

Estimated costs and expenses are used for determining financial aid eligibility. Amounts below are for full-time enrollment (12 hours or more) ​for a two semester standard academic year at The Ohio State University.​ Part-time tuition costs are prorated accordingly. 

Note: These figures are for incoming freshmen. To view other cost of attendance figures, click on the appropriate tab above and go to About Aid, Cost of Attendance.

Columbus campus​

Incoming Freshmen, ​Ohio r​esident​​: Living on cam​pus

CategoryEstimated ​Cost
​​​Tuition and fees​​​$11,084​
​Room and board/living​​$12,748
Books and supplies​​​$1,082
​Miscellaneous/personal​$​2,998
Total Estimated Cost​​​$​27,912

​Incoming Freshmen, Ohio r​esident​​: Living off cam​pus

CategoryEstimated ​Cost
​​​Tuition and fees​​​$11,084
​Room and board/living​$11,700
Books and supplies​​$1,082
​Miscellaneous/personal​$​3,014
Total Estimated Cost​​​$​26,880

​​Incoming Freshmen, Ohio resident​​: Living with parent or guardian

CategoryEstimated ​Cost
​​​Tuition and fees​​$11,084​
​Room and board/living​​$4,780
Books and supplies​​​​$1,082
​Miscellaneous/personal​​$​4,956
Total Estimated Cost$​21,902

Incoming Freshmen, Non-​Ohio resident​​: Living on campus

CategoryEstimated ​Cost
​​​Tuition and fees​​$32,060
​Room and board/living​​$12,748
Books and supplies​​​​$1,082
​Miscellaneous/personal​​$3,832
Total Estimated Cost$49,722

Incoming Freshmen, Non-​Ohio resident​​: Living off campus

CategoryEstimated ​Cost
​​​Tuition and fees​​$32,060
​Room and board/living​​$11,700
Books and supplies​​​​$1,082
​Miscellaneous/personal​​$3,848
Total Estimated Cost$48,690


Regional campus and ATI

​Incoming Freshmen, Ohio resident​​: Living on or off cam​pus

Category​Estimated Cost
​​​Tuition and fees​​$7,912
​Room and board/living​​$9,424
Books and supplies​​​​$1,082
​Miscellaneous/personal​​$4,688
Total Estimated Cost$​23,106

Incoming Freshmen, ​Ohio resident​​: Living with parent or guardian

CategoryEstimated ​Cost
​​​Tuition and fees​​$7,912
​Room and board/living​​$3,652
Books and supplies​​​​$1,082
​Miscellaneous/personal​​$6,920
Total Estimated Cost$19,566

Incoming Freshmen, Non-​Ohio resident​​: Living on or off campus

CategoryEstimated ​Cost
​​​Tuition and fees​​$28,888
​Room and board/living​​$9,424
Books and supplies​​​​$1,082
​Miscellaneous/personal​​$​5,522
Total Estimated Cost$44,916