Apply for financial aid

Many students and families rely on student financial aid to help pay for the overall cost of attending college. Follow the steps below to apply for financial aid.

Apply for admission

Only admitted students are considered for federal, state and institutional financial aid.

File the FAFSA

Ohio State has extended our financial aid priority date for all students and our acceptance fee deadline for incoming first-year students.

The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the first step to be considered for any type of federal or state aid and most institutional aid (including some scholarships). Every student is highly encouraged to file the FAFSA. The FAFSA is available on Oct. 1 each year. You do not have to be admitted to the university to submit the FAFSA.

File by the priority date to receive maximum consideration for financial aid. You are encouraged to file at least eight weeks before the start of the semester. 


Ohio State school code

March 15

2024-25 priority date

Apply for scholarships

More than $1 million in scholarships are available annually just for Ohio State Newark students. Plus, all Ohio State students, including those on the Newark campus, can use ScholarshipUniverse to find and apply to hundreds of university and university-vetted external scholarships. 

Scholarship deadlines

March 15: Scholarship Universe priority deadline
March 15: Ohio State Newark scholarships application deadline

Review your Student Aid Report (SAR)

After you submit your FAFSA, the U.S. Department of Education will send you a Student Aid Report (SAR), which is a summary of the FAFSA data you submitted and includes your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Ohio State uses the SAR to calculate the aid it can offer you.

Watch for your financial aid offer from Ohio State.

Financial aid notifications for newly admitted students are available to view online in late March. Check your university email account for your aid notification email and follow the instructions to review your package. Keep your contact information current in Buckeye Link.​

What's Buckeye Link?

Buckeye Link is where Ohio State students go to take care of business, like managing aid, paying tuition, registering for classes and much more. This is where you'll find your ​​To Do List, which is is the most common means of communication between you and Ohio State in regards to your financial aid status. Any documentation or items requiring completion will be listed under your To Do List.

Need help?

If at any time you need help, contact the Office of Student Financial Services. Our helpful staff can help you determine whether you qualify for aid and successfully apply for it.