​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.

​Special scholarships

The university offers hundreds of special-eligibility scholarships with a wide variety of eligibility criteria. To apply each year, file the Special Scholarships Application by the priority date of February 1.

Departmental Scholarships

Many Ohio State college offices and departments offer scholarships or grants. Review departmental scholarships or visit the Graduate and Profe​​ssional Admissions website 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 $2,000 STEP Fellowship. Read more about STEP.

University aid

Short-Term University Assistance​ is administered by Ohio State to assist with temporary financial difficulty or extenuating circumstances. Approval is required by the Office of International Affairs.

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