Grants are considered gift aid and do not have to be repaid. Most grant aid is based on some type of need-based eligibility requirement; therefore, you must complete the FAFSA to apply for most grants. Although grants are a very desirable source of financial aid, the availability of grants is generally limited to the neediest students.
Below are grants offered by the state of Ohio for Ohio residents. In order to receive a state grant students must be seeking an associate or bachelor degree and male students must register with selective service. For more information regarding any of these grant programs, please contact the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), State Grants and Scholarships Departments at 1 (888) 833-1133 or visit their webpage.
Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG)
The Ohio College Opportunity Grant program (OCOG) provides need-based tuition assistance to Ohio students from low to moderate-income families. Students must have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 2190 or below to qualify for OCOG. Award amounts for the 2018-2019 academic year will be up to $1500 per year if registered full-time. Students may be eligible to receive a lesser amount if they are enrolled for less than full time hours. Students apply for the Ohio College Opportunity Grant by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA must be filed by October 1st of each year. Students (and parents) must be Ohio residents.
Ohio War Orphans Scholarship
The Ohio War Orphans Scholarship program awards tuition assistance to the children of deceased or severely disabled Ohio veterans who served in the armed forces during a period of declared war or conflict. To receive War Orphans Scholarship benefits, a student must be enrolled for full-time undergraduate study at an eligible Ohio college or university. Ohio residency is required. Applicants must be under the age of 21. Interested students should contact the Ohio Department of Higher Education, State Grants and Scholarships Department. The application deadline is July 1st of each year.
Ohio Safety Officers College Memorial Fund
The Ohio Safety Officers College Memorial fund 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. Recipients must be Ohio residents. Recipients may enroll for full-time or part-time study at any participating Ohio post-secondary institution. The fund provides benefits which cover full instructional and general fee charges at public colleges and universities. Interested students should contact the Ohio Department of Higher Education, State Grants and Scholarships Department.