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Ohio State Tuition & Cost

Columbus, Ohio

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How much does it cost to attend?

In State Ohio Resident Sticker Price
In State Costs for Ohio State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,082
Other Fees$903
Room and Board $13,066
Other Expenses Budget$2,998
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
Out of State Costs for Ohio State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,082
Other Fees$903
Room and Board $13,066
Other Expenses Budget$2,998

Residents of Ohio pay an annual total price of $28,664 to attend Ohio State University on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $10,615 for tuition, $13,066 room and board, $1,082 for books and supplies and $903 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $50,648 which is 76.7% higher than Ohio residents. The tuition charge is $32,599 while room and board is $13,066, books and supplies are $1,082 and other fees come in at $903.

All price data is sourced from the 2020/2021 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

Net Price

Net price is indicative of what it actually costs to attend Ohio State University when typical grants and scholarships are considered. The net price varies by family income and financial need.

Average Net Price 2019/2020
Net Price by Income Ohio State University
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$7,068
$30,001 to $48,000$8,581
$48,001 to $75,000$13,273
$75,001 to $110,000$21,575

The average reported annual net price for Ohio State University for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $18,884 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

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Financial Aid

83% of full-time undergrad Ohio State University received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $11,173 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 35% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $5,319 and 5% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $15,563.

Finanical Aid Ohio State University
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $11,173 83%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $9,430 76%
Pell Grants $4,785 19%
Other Federal Grants $1,167 23%
State and Local Grants $2,413 12%
Federal Student Loans $5,319 35%
Other Student Loans $15,563 5%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to Ohio State University, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $76,328. The loan balance of $76,328 is a four year multiple of the $19,082 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $728 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 2.75%.

Example Loan $76,328
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 2.75%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $728.25
Total Interest Paid $11,062.40
Sum of All Loan Payments $87,390.40

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
Year Ohio Residents Non Residents
1 $28,664 $50,648
2 $29,569 $52,247
3 $30,502 $53,896
4 $31,465 $55,597

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at Ohio State University to be $114,656 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 3.2% annual increase over the next 4 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Credit Hour Cost and Price per Class

Credit Hour and Class Costs at Ohio State University
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
Ohio Residents $442 $1,326 $1,768
Out of State Residents $1,358 $4,074 $5,432

Estimated cost for a class at Ohio State University based on published credit hour prices. Note that not all schools allow single class enrollment. These prices should be used for comparison purposes as to how much it may cost to take a class at Ohio State University versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

Ohio State University Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=204796 IPEDS survey data for Ohio State University.