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Affordability at Ohio State

We seek to control cost, increase aid for low- and moderate-income families and enhance programs that support success in and out of the classroom. Ohio State is committed to making an excellent college education more accessible and affordable for Buckeyes everywhere.

Graduate Funding Opportunities

We are pleased to be able to offer selective funding awards to Master of Public Administration (MPA) students who enter in the Autumn semester. 

There is no separate application required for University Fellowships or College level scholarships. The information provided in an applicant’s application file will serve as the materials needed for the material needed to nominate and/or award the funds. All application materials must be submitted by Dec. 1 to be considered for University Fellowships. 

Autumn applicants who apply after the Dec. 1 priority deadline may still be considered for College level scholarships based on strength of application and availability of funding.

The university offers merit-based funding opportunities through a selective nomination process for eligible students who apply by the December 1 priority deadline for the following Autumn start term. These awards come in the form of a University Fellowship and are offered through the Ohio State Graduate School. The University Fellowship would provide tuition and fees funding, as well as a monthly stipend, for awardees.

Students who apply by the December 1 priority funding deadline are also eligible for various funding awards including college-level scholarship given by our generous donors. These are awards given through a holistic review process by our faculty. 

Autumn applicants who apply after the Dec. 1 priority deadline may still be considered for College level scholarships based on strength of application and availability of funding.


Glenn College Graduate Assistants, or "Glennterns", work with a public or nonprofit organization to help them make a difference while covering tuition and fees and earning a monthly stipend and health insurance benefits.  


Search for and apply to scholarships outside of the Glenn College on Ohio State’s centralized scholarship portal for all admitted students. We would also encourage students to apply for Federal Student Aid through the federal government.

International Students

  1. Contact the U.S. Education Advising Office in your country.
  2. Visit the following websites: and
  3. Contact Ohio State’s Office of International Affairs.

International students will be reviewed for sufficient financial resources.

Those who are fully funded by the university will not be required to submit any financial documents, but must submit a copy of their passport for themselves and any dependents they intend to bring.

Those who are not fully funded by the university: 

  • You are required to provide the Affidavit of Support and confidential bank statement. This form will be sent to you during the application process.
  • If you are bringing dependents, you need to inform us as soon as possible and send proof of support for them as well.

Financial documents are not required until admission has been awarded. After admission, as a non-immigrant student you will need a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 for the F-1 visa or DS-2019 for the J-1 visa) issued by Ohio State based upon documented evidence. Please keep copies of all financial documents to present to the U.S. Consulate when applying for your visa.

Tuition, fees, insurance and all other expenses are in effect beginning autumn through summer, but are subject to change. For estimated graduate student costs, please visit

It is recommended that all students have $3,000 in contingency funds available to cover any unexpected increases in expenses.