​A scholarship is financial aid that does not have to be paid back. Scholarships have differing eligibility criteria and deadlines, so it is important that you read scholarship descriptions carefully.

Merit-based scholarships

Incoming freshmen to the Columbus campus compete for university-funded merit-based scholarships. Apply for admission by the early action deadline to receive consideration for most merit scholarships. Merit scholarships are not guaranteed.

Special scholarships

The university offers hundreds of scholarships with a wide variety of eligibility criteria. To apply each year, file the FAFSA and complete the ScholarshipUniverse application by the priority date of February 1.

ScholarshipUniverse is a scholarship-matching tool that simplifies the process of finding and applying for internal and external scholarships. Once you create your profile, ScholarshipUniverse will alert you to possible scholarship matches. You’ll need your Ohio State username and password — which you activate after you apply for admission — to get started. For more: go.osu.edu/scholarshipfaqs.

ScholarshipUniverse is also used to apply for Cooperative Scholarship Housing on the Columbus campus (the Stadium Scholarship Program and Alumnae Scholarship Housing for women), which is based on need and merit.

Departmental Scholarships

Many Ohio State college offices and departments offer scholarships or grants. Contact your college office or review departmental scholarships for details.

Second-Year Transformational Experience Program (STEP)

Second-year students on the Columbus campus may participate in STEP (Second-Year Transformational Experience Program) and receive a STEP Fellowship. Read more about STEP.

Regional campuses

Regional campus students can explore scholarship opportunities at LimaMansfieldMarionNew​ark and ATI. Direct questions to the financial aid office on your regional campus.

Choose Ohio First Scholarship Prog​ram 

The Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program​ awards Ohio colleges, universities and their business partners that have developed innovative academic programs to recruit and retain more Ohio students into STEMM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine). The funding that they receive is used to offer scholarships for those programs to current and potential students.

Program Academic areas Contact Phone
​Computer Science (CS)

(new incoming freshmen only)
​Computer and Information Science

Computer Science and Engineering
CSE Advising Office

College of Engineering Scholarships




Choose Ohio First - Innovators for a New STEMM Workforce

(Mansfield, Marion, and Lima campuses only)

B.S. Engineering Technology degree (BSET)

College of Engineering Scholarships




External scholarships

Many churches, professional, civic or service organizations, private foundations, the military, and others offer scholarships.

Ohio State does not post individual external scholarship opportunities but here are a few free scholarship engines to get you started:

If you receive an aid award from outside sources, you and your award donor can obtain information about Ohio State's process for disbursing those funds to you in the External Aid Resource Guide.

Note: Federal regulations require that external scholarships be considered part of a student's overall financial aid package, which cannot exceed the cost of attendance. Once a payment from an external scholarship is applied, your financial aid package may be revised to include the amount of the scholarship. 

To get the most from your scholarships, b​e sure to review our tips on managing your financial resources while in college.