Choose Ohio First Scholarship

The Choose Ohio First Scholarship is designed to significantly strengthen Ohio’s competitiveness within STEMM disciplines and STEMM education.


Ohio War Orphans Scholarship

The Ohio War Orphans Scholarship Board met on July 28, 2017, to approve new applicants as well as funding levels for academic year 2017-2018. It has been decided that students attending Public Institutions will be funded 90% of tuition and general fees, and students attending private institutions will receive an annual award amount of $6,398 for the year. Please keep in mind that schools must wait a minimum of 15 days after the start of the term before requesting funds electronically that will be transferred electronically and applied to students’ accounts.


Ohio Safety Officers College Memorial Fund

This program provides tuition assistance to the children and spouses of peace officers, fire fighters and certain other safety officers who are killed in the line-of-duty, anywhere in the United States.

It also provides assistance to the children and spouses of a member of the armed services of the US, who has been killed in the line of duty during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom or a combat zone designated by the President of the United States. The child is only eligible for this program if he/she is not eligible for the Ohio War Orphans Scholarship.


John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program (JRJ)

The John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program (JRJ) provides loan repayment assistance for state and federal public defenders and state prosecutors who agree to remain employed as public defenders and prosecutors for at least three years.


Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program (NEALP)

The Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program (NEALP) provides financial assistance to Ohio students enrolled for at least half-time study (or accepted for enrollment) in an approved Ohio nurse education program. NEALP provides funding for nurses who intend to serve as instructors or students who intend to serve as nurses after graduation.


Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG)

The Ohio Department of Higher Education administers the Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) program, which provides grant money to Ohio residents who demonstrate the highest levels of financial need (as determined by the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that should be completed) who are enrolled at Ohio public colleges or universities, Ohio private, non-profit colleges or universities, and Ohio private, for-profit institutions.


Forever Buckeyes

Forever Buckeyes, a provision included in the FY 12-13 budget bill, extends the in-state resident tuition rate to any public or private Ohio high school graduate who leaves the state but returns to enroll in an undergraduate or graduate program at an Ohio college and also establishes residency in Ohio. The Forever Buckeyes provision of law removes the 12-month period of establishing domicile in Ohio before becoming eligible for in-state tuition rates.


Geological Survey Grant Program (ODNR)

Beginning in winter of 2017, the Division of Geological Survey will award two $1,200 grants to earth science students at Ohio colleges and universities for graduate-level research on Ohio’s geology. Awards will be given based on the quality of the student applications, the strength of their professors’ letters of reference, and the relevancy of their research.