The annual proposal detailing the cost of education at The Ohio State University includes a continuation of the Ohio State Tuition Guarantee. The popular program locks in tuition, housing and dining costs for each entering in-state student cohort for four years.
For autumn 2022, the university proposes to increase tuition and fees for incoming Ohio freshmen by 4.6%. That equates to a $549 annual change from last year’s rate, according to the proposal being presented to the university’s Board of Trustees this week.
The new rate will then be frozen for four years for these students, who will become the seventh straight class of Ohio students to graduate with no tuition and fee increases. Ohio State would remain the second most affordable university for resident undergraduates among selective admission public universities in Ohio and seventh for in-state tuition and fees among public Big Ten schools.
The university evaluates tuition and fees annually and sets rates based on program needs, changes in costs and market data.
Pending approval by the board of trustees, additional tuition and fee proposals include:
- The non-resident surcharge for students who attend classes in person would increase 5%. Overall, tuition and mandatory fees for incoming non-resident students would increase by $1,703.
- Housing and dining rates would increase by 4.6% for incoming students and remain frozen for those in the Ohio State Tuition Guarantee.
- Student health insurance, which covers a third-party pass-through rate, would increase 4.9%. Most domestic students utilize private insurance instead of obtaining coverage through the university.
- General graduate tuition and fees would increase 4.6% for Ohio residents. Among graduate and professional programs, eight programs propose specific fee changes, and five new programs are seeking a fee.
In Columbus, in-state tuition and fees would total $12,485 per year through 2025-26 for incoming first-year students. The most common housing and dining plans will total $13,966 under the proposal, an increase of about $614 year-over-year.
At regional campuses, in-state tuition and fees for incoming students would be set at $8,944 for the Lima, Mansfield, Marion and Newark campuses and $8,900 at the Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster. Most regional campus students do not live on campus.
The university maintains its commitment to access and affordability. Last year, President Kristina M. Johnson announced the goal for Ohio State to offer undergraduates a path to earn their bachelor’s degree, debt-free. The Scarlet & Gray Advantage program will scale up over the next 10 years.
For autumn 2022, the university will establish a small cohort of about 125 new first-year students to pilot the program. Scarlet & Gray Advantage will provide students with enhanced access to scholarships, work opportunities, and learning experiences focused on financial coaching and career development.
The university continues to invest in other affordability programs. More than $305 million in need-based financial aid has and will continue to support 45,000 students from 2015 through 2023. Some of the financial aid opportunities include:
- The Buckeye Opportunity Program, which ensures that financial aid covers the full cost of tuition and mandatory fees for Ohio students who qualify for federal Pell Grants.
- President’s Affordability Grants, which support about 15,000 low- and middle-income students annually at all Ohio State campuses.
- Land Grant Opportunity Scholarships, which have been expanded to cover the full cost of attendance and doubled in number since autumn 2018.
- Effective Autumn 2022, the Ohio College Opportunity Grant program administered by the Ohio Department of Higher Education will be increased to an additional $500 per student.