By re-evaluating and leveraging programs and tools like the following, the Office of Strategic Enrollment Management is working to increase effectiveness, remove financial barriers for students, coordinate scholarship strategies with colleges and continue to reduce debt loads for all students.

Buckeye Opportunity Program

All eligible Ohio resident undergraduate students on all campuses who qualify for a Federal Pell Grant and show significant need receive enough student financial aid to cover the full cost of undergraduate tuition and mandatory fees. Learn more.  

Choose Ohio First 

Led and funded by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program is part of Ohio's strategic effort to bolster the state in the global marketplace of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).  

Through Choose Ohio First, The Ohio State University offers the following programs: 

  • Advancing an Inclusive Biotech Economy in Ohio (Columbus) 
  • Computer Science (Columbus) 
  • Innovators for a New STEMM Workforce (Columbus) 
  • Innovators for a New STEMM Workforce BSET (Lima, Mansfield, and Marion) 

Learn more 

Land Grant Opportunity Scholarship 

Full cost of attendance scholarships for high-need undergraduate students from Ohio who demonstrate academic merit. Each year 176 Ohio students receive this scholarship, with an attempt made to award two students from all 88 Ohio counties. Learn more. 

President’s Affordability Grant 

Need-based grants of up to $2,250 per year in extra support to low- and moderate-income Ohio undergraduate students at all campuses. Learn more. 


A tool that matches applicants and current students to thousands of internal and external scholarship opportunities. Used together with the Free Application for Student Financial Aid, ScholarshipUniverse empowers students to find the most financial aid opportunities for a more affordable education. Learn more. 

Tuition Guarantee  

Rates for tuition and mandatory fees are set for each class of first-year undergraduate students on all campuses and frozen for four years, which provides certainty about the cost of attendance. For Ohio residents, the guarantee also includes the cost of on-campus housing and dining. Learn more