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.

The Parent Corner

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.

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

Completing the FAFSA

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.


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 University at Newark’s merit scholarship program is academically based. The scholarship committee looks at each eligible student based upon the following academic criteria:

  • High school GPA
  • ACT/SAT scores
  • High school curriculum

The ranges given below are averages based upon a 5 year history of scholarship recipients.

Class Rank: (Top 10% - Top 25%)
Grade Point Average: (3.25 – 3.80) unweighted
ACT Composite: (24 – 29)

    • The Ohio State University at Newark awarded 65 scholarships during the 2016 -2017 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 and US mail).
    • Student must accept scholarship & return acceptance form by deadline provided. Failure to do so may 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:

    • Opened his/her OSU Email Account.
    • 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.