Student Financial Aid


State Grant Program

Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG)

The OCOG Program provides grant assistance that is funded and awarded by the State of Ohio to students who are enrolled in undergraduate programs leading to an associate’s or first bachelor’s degree. To be awarded OCOG, you must be an Ohio resident and meet the family income and Expected Family Contribution (EFC) guidelines determined by the Ohio Board of Regents. Family income and EFC are determined from the information you report on your FAFSA.

Application Process

To apply for the OCOG you must:

  • complete and submit the FAFSA to the federal processor by October 1, 2015 (for the 2015-2016 academic year). This is different from the priority deadline date to be considered for other aid programs.
  • list The Ohio State University code (#003090) on the FAFSA.

How much can I receive?

The maximum OCOG award may vary from year to year due to state funding priorities.

The award amounts currently being used for 2015-2016 are estimated and are subject to change. Awards for 2015-2016 will be finalized by the close of July 2015 once they are confirmed by the Ohio Board of Regents upon final passage of the state's biennial budget.

What do I need to do to keep my award?

OCOG must be used exclusively for the payment of tuition and fees. If you receive any other financial aid that must be used exclusively for tuition and fees, your OCOG may be reduced or canceled. In addition, please note that:

  • You cannot receive OCOG for any term during which you receive either full tuition ROTC or Ohio National Guard Scholarship.
  • Your award may change if your FAFSA information changes as a result of verification.
  • You are no longer eligible for OCOG once you have earned your first bachelor’s degree.
  • You must be enrolled for a majority of your classes at the Columbus campus as OCOG is not available to students whose primary enrollment is at one of the regional campuses.

For more information on the State of Ohio financial aid programs, please see the Ohio Board of Regents website at


First File the FAFSA