Ohio State University-Main Campus
Columbus, OH, USA

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Affordability and Cost

Average Net Price Average net price for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution. Other sources of grant aid are excluded. Aid awarded anytime during the full aid year is included.

Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state or local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies and the weighted average room and board and other expenses.
$17,726
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$8,969
$30k - $48k
$11,661
$48k - $75k
$15,677
$75k - $110k
$20,170
$110k+
$22,687
Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$10,726
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$30,742
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$12,474
Books and Supplies
$1,168
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: sfa-finaid@osu.edu

Aid & Grants

0
100
72%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
20%
Average Aid Per Year
$9,730
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
20%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,514
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$8,481
Students receiving state aid
11%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$1,868
Students receiving federal aid
16%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,514
Total Needs Based Scholarships/Grants Total amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded to all undergraduates from the federal government, state/local government, the institution, and other sources known to the institution.
$158,711,813
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$92,057,525

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
38%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$7,479
Students receiving federal loans
37%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$5,624
Average Other Loans Per Year
$14,988
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$15,500
Loan Default Rate
5%
US National: 7%
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$229

What Students Are Saying

4.14 Average Rating
The price is kind of high, but not unmanageable. In state is cheaper, and with help scholarships, loans, and/or grants it isn't bad at all. You get an excellent education, outstanding experiences, and incredible memories.
David from Perrysburg, OH
While college tuition is expensive, Ohio State has some of the lower rates in the state. Also, you really are paying for the experience here. Students will get what they paid for and more with the lifelong education and memories they acquire at Ohio State.
Danielle from Dayton, OH
College is expensive, and yes, I would like for it to be cheaper. However, especially for in-state tuition, Ohio State is one of the cheaper alternatives. Especially with financial aid, scholarships and grants, tuition is a lot cheaper.
Lauren from Cincinnati, OH
In-state or out-of-state, you will get the bang for your buck. THE Ohio State University is a top university for a reason. Their pursuit of excellence is unmatched in my experience. You can rest assured that the money you spend has been well spent when that degree is in your hand and employers are lining up for a chance to get you.
Dominic from Bellevue, NE
For in-state students, it is definitely a steal. Ohio State far less expensive than most high end schools, but has the same opportunities as most big name schools. There is no larger alumni network in the world. It is quite expensive for out of state and international students, and scholarships are quite competitive.
Amarilis from Newbury, OH
The courses are challenging and are well worth the money being spent on them. College isn't going to be cheap, no matter where you go. The lower price for a high rate institution such as Ohio State makes it well worth every penny.
Randi from Ashland, OH
Since it is a state school the tuition is not too bad. You get the feel that your getting a lot for your money-a good education, and a good experience.
Claire from OH
For a public university, the quality of an education here is insurmountable. Not only have they kept the price of tuition frozen for 3 years in a row, but the administration here has offered so many unique opportunities to make every penny worth spending on college life here. The dorm life is a blast, classes are engaging, and the university faculty is really easy to interact with. This university, in my book, is top notch.
Katelyn from Macedonia, OH
I believe it is a bang for the buck. From coming from DC and applying and receiving scholarships, it is well worth it to pay for a college experience at OSU
Joy from Washington, DC

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