The Ohio State University at Newark

The Parent Corner

The journey begins...

The road to college does not begin on that warm morning in August as you help pack the car for the journey to the college residence hall or dormitory. The path begins months, perhaps years earlier with campus visits, FAFSA completion, scholarship applications and finally the application for admission. The Ohio State University at Newark is well aware of the many details which go into the process of getting your student prepared for the college selection process and ready for their first day as a college student. We have collected some general information, compiled a short checklist of things to accomplish, provided a heads up regarding important deadlines and even shared a few conversation starters for you to use with your student. The Ohio State University at Newark would like your student’s collegiate experience to get off to a great start, and we believe the information we have included just might help. We are partners with you through this journey so please let us know how we can assist you.

Overseeing a college search

  1. Help students determine which colleges to visit.
  2. Help students develop list of priorities (cost, majors, resources, housing).
  3. Compare and contrast colleges.
  4. Establish a point system for each college.
  5. Establish relationships with college representatives.
  6. Determine the students top 3 colleges and provide specific reasons for each.
  7. Know the application and scholarship deadlines.

Campus visits

  1. Always take the campus tour.
  2. Be sure to speak with an admissions professional.
  3. Picture yourself on campus interacting. Ask your student: Do you feel comfortable on this campus?
  4. Do not forget to ask for the high school excuse letter.

How can you as parents best help your student

  1. Be a great sounding board, sometimes just listening to your student’s thoughts will give you clues as to what they need in the area of support or information.
  2. Remind your student to keep his/her career options open. Explore the curriculum to learn something new!
  3. Be open and willing to discuss the college search.
  4. NOTE: To enhance the health and safety of the university community, Ohio State is requiring every student, faculty and staff member to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Please review the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes web page which provides helpful information about Covid-19 vaccination guidelines.

Parent/Family Sessions

At our parent/family sessions, we share information that parents/guardians want and need to know. We review upcoming deadlines for scholarships, on-campus housing, the honors program and learning communities. We will tell you how you can assist your student in completing the enrollment process. We also provide tips and tricks and helpful reminders so that your student takes advantage of every opportunity possible at The Ohio State University at Newark.

See what parent/guardian virtual information events are upcoming and register now.

Watch our Jan. 19 parent/guardian session on student financial services.

Understanding Financial Aid

What to realistically expect from financial aid

  1. After completing the FAFSA what happens?
    • FAFSA information is sent to Ohio State to be reviewed. OSU determines if the student is selected for verification which requires documents and forms to be submitted. The student will be awarded financial aid, but the award package could change once verification is completed.
  2. When can you expect the award letter?
    • It depends. Most freshmen who meet the FAFSA filing priority date have been packaged by late March. Those who submit after the priority date, are packaged accordingly depending on their individual situation.
  3. How can you set realistic family expectations?
    • This depends on the family’s financial situation. Student and parent loans are considered financial aid. Each family must make the decision whether to borrow loans that are offered in the award package to finance their student’s education.
  4. Does this mean my son/daughter is not eligible for scholarships?
    • No. Scholarships that are merit-based do not consider the family’s financial situation. These scholarships are based upon other criteria such as standardized test scores such as ACT scores and a student’s cumulative high school grade point average. There are other institutional and outside scholarships that students may apply for. Have your student check the student financial aid website to review scholarship opportunities.
  5. How do I sign up for the payment plan?
    • Please review your student center listed under the finance link.
      The Tuition Option Payment Plan (TOPP) may be selected each semester to allow you to pay in three installments.
      Select the Payment Plan tab under Account Inquiry in the Finances section of your Student Center at

Financial Aid Video Series

Completing the FAFSA


Financial Aid Package

Student Loans

Change of Finances/Status

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Wrap Up


Incoming Freshmen are considered for Newark Campus merit scholarships based on their application for admission and their high school transcript. Priority is given to those who apply for admission by March 1st. Because of the generosity of our many donors, Ohio State Newark is proud to offer more than 50 special-eligibility scholarships with a variety of criteria.

The Ohio State Newark merit scholarship is competitive and provides selected students with a $4,000 award which is renewable. In order to be eligible, students must self-identify themselves by completing the application. The scholarship committee will review all applications in the early spring and select students to move forward in the process. The scholarship committee looks at each eligible student based upon the following academic criteria:

  • High school GPA
  • High school curriculum with special consideration given to the number of advanced placement, college or college credit plus courses a student has successfully completed
  • Rank in class, if provided by the high school
  • Essay which scholarship finalists, once selected, will write for the committee

The Ohio State University at Newark awarded 62 different scholarships during the 2019-2020 school year.

  • Average scholarship award $2,000.
  • Scholarship awarding timeline estimated to begin in February and continue until funds are exhausted (Awardees will be notified via Ohio State University email).
  • Student must submit a letter of thanks to the donor by deadline provided. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of scholarship.


Does your student know this about the Ohio State Newark campus:

What’s my student’s next step?

Has your student completed the following:

    • Steps to Enroll
    • Opened his/her OSU Email Account. (see video below)
    • Paid his/her $100.00 acceptance Fee.
    • Registered for on-campus housing. (Information to be released in March)
    • Scheduled to visit campus for Future Buckeye Day (By Invitation Only for Admitted Students)
    • Scheduled orientation and class scheduling (Registration begins in early May)
    • Began planning for the first day of the semester.
    • Began the journey to graduation.

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Other Videos of Interest

Scholarship Universe

Buckeye Terms

Newark Campus Scholarships

Information and Valuable Tips from our Faculty and Staff

Why Choose Ohio State with Associate Dean Stephanie Brown, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Ohio State Newark
Associate Professor of English

Interview with Associate Professor Nathaniel Swigger, PhD
Assistant Director of Admissions
Wes Grunden interviews Associate Professor of political science Nathaniel Swigger, PhD, about life as a professor, his research, how he's supporting students at this time and much more.

Interview with Assistant Professor James Wirth, PhD
Assistant Director of Admissions Wes Grunden interviews Assistant Professor of psychology James Wirth, PhD, about life as a professor, how he's handling the "new normal" and much more.

Interview with Associate Dean Virginia Cope, PhD
C.R. Barclay, Ohio State Newark senior admissions counselor, talks with Virginia Cope, PhD, associate dean and associate professor of English, about the Honors program that is so much more than just grades.

Virtual Buckeye Visit Day Faculty Panel

Interview with Superintendent of Facilities Brian Boehmer

Interview with English Professor Elizabeth Weiser, PhD
The creation of the fiction novel "Lumen".

Interview with Associate Professor of History Mitchell Lerner, PhD
A historical perspective.

Interview with Associate Professor Nathanial Swigger, PhD
Political Climate.

Interview with Associate Professor of African American and African Studies Tiyi Morris, PhD