The Ohio State University at Marion

Financial Aid

Welcome to the Office of Student Financial Aid. We are committed to helping you make your college education affordable. We offer a variety of services and programs designed specifically to help you find ways to meet your educational expenses. Our staff is dedicated to making sure you receive your aid in a timely and efficient manner.

Your financial aid package may consist of a combination of scholarships, grants, loans, and part-time work through the Federal Work Study program.

While you may apply for financial aid at any time, the priority deadline to apply in order to maximize all your possible financial aid options at The Ohio State University is February 1 for students planning to enroll for classes in the following academic year.

To be considered for financial aid, you should submit the following applications as soon as possible after October 1st, and no later than the February 1st priority deadline:


Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used by two and four-year colleges and universities throughout the U.S. to determine eligibility for Federal, State and campus-based financial aid, which includes grants, scholarships, work study programs, and all Federal student and parent loan programs. Students at all income levels are strongly encouraged to file the FAFSA every year by their college or university’s published deadline to maximize their overall financial aid package. At Ohio State, the priority deadline is February 1st every year. See our Financial Aid Qs and As page for more helpful FAFSA information.


The Ohio State University at Marion is pleased to provide eligible students with a variety of sources for college funding, including nearly $1.2 million annually in campus-based scholarships. Our scholarship program is funded by the generous support of many area residents and organizations.

Award Criteria

  • All award amounts listed below are based on two full-time semesters of attendance (Autumn and Spring), and do not include any other Federal, State or external financial aid for which the student may qualify.
  • Summer semester awards are not available to students graduating from high school in the spring of the same calendar year.
  • The current, full-time, in-state tuition rate for new students is only $8,237 per year ($4,118.50) per semester).
  • High school graduates who have never enrolled in college courses after graduation will be awarded based upon the following criteria, based upon academic data on file with the Ohio State Admission Office as of the date of admission to the university. Additional academic data received after the date of admission will not result in any change to the student’s award.
  • New admission applicants for the spring semester will be awarded on a funds-available basis only, as it is the final term of the academic year.

New Freshman

New applicants who apply and complete their application* to the Marion campus as a degree-seeking student for the summer or fall semesters by our February 1 priority deadline will be awarded based upon the following criteria:

*All components of the application (online form, $60 application fee or approved fee waiver and official transcript/s) must be received by the deadline in order to qualify.

Class Rank* Award
Top 5% $3,500
6-10% $3,000
11-20% $2,500
21-30% $2,000
30-40% $1,500
40-50% $1,000

*Class rank is determined by your high school transcript, or if your school does not provide a rank, based on your academic information and your school profile.

First-Choice Incentive for New Freshman

Students who qualify for a merit based scholarship above and apply directly to Ohio State Marion as their “first-choice” Ohio State campus by December 1 of the year before (December 1, 2020 for the Autumn 2021 admission for example) they intend to enter will receive an additional $500.

New Transfer Students

Cumulative Prior College GPA Award
3.7 - 4.0 $3,000
3.4 - 3.69 $2,500
3.2 - 3.39 $2,000
3.0 - 3.19 $1,500

Please note, new admission applicants for the spring semester will be awarded on a funds-available basis only, as it is the final term of the academic year.

Returning Students

Returning students should complete the Marion Scholarship Application to be eligible for Marion campus scholarships.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Ohio State Special Scholarships Application

Other Ohio State College and Departmental Scholarship Applications

External Scholarships

Institutional Grants

President’s Affordability Grant*

All new students who file a FAFSA by the February 1 priority deadline and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 14,300 or lower will be awarded a $1,250 need-based grant. Additional terms and conditions apply. Please visit for complete details.


Full-time, Ohio resident students who are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant, have completed 12 credit hours, and who submit their FAFSA to the university by February 1 will receive the Buckeye Affordability Grant to cover any gap that remains between their full-time tuition charges and any other Federal, State or university grant and scholarship aid. Additional terms and conditions apply. Please visit for complete details.

*Criteria listed are subject to change.

Additional Resources

Ohio State Columbus Campus Student Financial Aid

Financial Aid Qs and As

Helpful Tips

Tuition and Fees

Applying for financial aid does not obligate you to enroll nor does it guarantee an award; it only begins the process of your financial planning in anticipation of your possible enrollment.

To contact the Ohio State Marion Financial Aid Office, email Kelly Crum, at

Late Fee/Hold Waiver Application

If you have received a late fee or have a financial hold and would like to apply for a waiver of the hold/fee, please submit the application and supporting documentation here: Your application will be reviewed within seven business days.