From merit‐based fellowships and scholarships to need‐based loans and part‐time employment, there is a full range of funding opportunities available for graduate students at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. In Autumn 2014, approximately 20 percent of our incoming MPA full-time students received fellowships or assistantships (amounting in full coverage for their graduate education). Overall, approximately 50 percent of all incoming students received some sort of merit-based financial awards. Click the links for the awards we offer out of the Glenn College.
Funding decisions strongly consider undergraduate grade point average and performance on standardized tests. Recommendation letters, personal statements, personal and professional achievements, and other factors may also be taken into consideration.
There are no additional steps or actions required by students to be considered for any of these awards.
Financial awards from the Glenn College are only given to students who apply for AUTUMN semester and complete their application by the priority deadline.
Those that apply by the priority deadline and are admitted to the John Glenn College of Public Affairs are notified of funding awards by mid-March.
University Fellowships are awarded each year by The Ohio State University on a competitive basis. Fellowships provide a tuition waiver for the first year of graduate study as well as a monthly stipend. Glenn College commits to funding fellowship students in their second year using a Graduate Assistantship (see below for details). Fellowship recipients typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3.6 or higher, as well as GRE scores above the 75th percentile on the verbal and quantitative sections.
For more information about Fellowships and the selection process, check out the Graduate School Fellowship page.
In order to be eligible for the Fellowship competition, students must submit a completed application by December 1st.
Students who complete their application by December 1st are also eligible for funding from the Glenn College in the form of Graduate Assistantships. These positions provide a tuition waiver and monthly stipend, while requiring a work commitment of 20 hours per week. In addition to research and administrative positions within the Glenn College, many of our GA students have the opportunity to gain practical policy experience by working 20 hours per week at agencies such as the Columbus City Council and Franklin County Commissioners Office. Typically, GA recipients have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher, as well as GRE scores above the 60th percentile on the verbal and quantitative sections.
In order to be eligible for any Graduate Assistantships, students must submit a completed application by December 1st.
In addition to financial assistance from the Glenn College based on merit, students may be eligible for loans, university‐wide scholarships, and other forms of financial aid. Interested individuals should contact the Ohio State Financial Aid Office or call them at 614-292‐0300 regarding these matters.