The Ohio State University at Newark


Ohio State President’s Affordability Grants Extended to Regional Campus Students

NEWARK, Ohio, January 22, 2016 — The Ohio State University at Newark Dean/Director Dr. Bill MacDonald is thrilled about Ohio State President Michael Drake’s announcement of an expansion of the President’s Affordability Grant program. The program provides need-based financial aid to thousands of in-state undergraduates and will now be extended to include regional campus students.

“I am extremely pleased with President Drake’s announcement to expand the affordability grant program,” said MacDonald. “The president has made affordability a top priority for the university, and is supporting that priority with resources in a way that includes the regional campuses. This investment is a testament to Ohio State’s national leadership in access, affordability and excellence.”

During his annual State of the University Address on Thursday, Drake said Ohio State is prepared to direct $20 million in grants to approximately 15,700 undergraduates next year, including an estimated 3,000 students on Ohio State’s regional campuses.

At the start of the current academic year, the university invested $15 million in affordability grants of up to $1,500 each for more than 12,000 low- and middle-income students on the Columbus campus. Thursday’s announcement brings the total investment in the President’s Affordability Grant program over two years to $35 million.

“Students on the Newark campus and other regional campuses will benefit from the university’s commitment to make college more affordable,” said MacDonald. “Affordable access to Ohio State is central to the role that the regional campuses play in helping the university meet its land-grant mission. President Drake’s action not only affirms our role, but also helps us fulfill it in a powerful fashion.”

President’s Affordability Grant Regional Campus Guidelines:

  • Extended to include incoming and returning students at the regional campuses for 2016-2017
  • Grant will be awarded to eligible regional students (Ohio residents) as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid
  • Students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), demonstrate financial need and be enrolled full-time
  • Awards will generally be $1,000 each, allocated in the amount of $500 per eligible semester
  • Students must be meeting Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Grants will be awarded based on a priority FAFSA filing date of February 15, 2016

The grant program was introduced last spring as part of a broad approach to reducing student debt. Affordability grants were combined with a comprehensive freeze on in-state tuition, mandatory fees, and room and board on the Columbus campus, ultimately lowering overall college expenses for some students.

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