In an era of rising costs and competition, Ohio State is taking steps to provide education that is both affordable and excellent.
Lead the national conversation: Ohio State is a founding member of the American Talent Initiative, which aims to increase the number of talented low- and moderate-income students on college campuses. It is also a charter participant in the University Innovation Alliance. President Drake serves in leadership positions for numerous higher education groups whose work broadly aligns with the university’s vision.
Expand student aid: The university is ensuring that Ohio students who qualify for Pell Grants receive an aid package that covers the full cost of tuition. The Buckeye Opportunity Program expanded to qualifying students at each of Ohio State’s regional campuses in spring 2019. The university has committed $100M in additional need-based aid for Ohio students since 2015 — impacting more than 33,000 students.
Focus on excellence: Ohio State established the University Institute for Teaching and Learning to enhance the learning experience for students, share best practices and apply student-centered analytics to improve outcomes. The institute's Teaching Support Program is believed to be unique in the nation for implementing a research-based survey instrument on effective teaching practices across the entire institution.
Each summer, President Drake travels throughout Ohio to share his vision for Ohio State.
“It’s our job, particularly at public universities, to make a college education available to people from our community, from our region to be able to grow the quality of our enterprise.”
– osu.edu, “Opportunities for the people of Ohio”
Find out more about scholarship students and excellent teaching faculty who are helping Ohio State achieve the 2020 Vision.
Affordability at Ohio State
Ohio State is ranked No. 1 among U.S. flagship institutions for controlling the cost of in-state tuition — just one part of making an excellent education more accessible and affordable.
Ohio State is eliminating 278 course fees and enacting a number of additional initiatives that will help save students an estimated $1.9 million a year.
IN THE NEWS
“Among flagship institutions, Ohio State University was the most successful in limiting increases in tuition and fees for in-state students.”
– Chronicle of Higher Education, “Flagship universities with the lowest percentage increases in tuition and fees, 2007-17”
“Drake: The students exist. The pool is ready for us. And as I talked with presidents and chancellors of other schools, I actually found we had research and energy from colleagues to do something about it.”
“Ohio State University will cover the remaining cost of tuition and fees for low-income in-state students who receive aid from other sources. The university said it expects to spend more than $11 million a year to fill the financial gap left after students are awarded Pell grants, Ohio College Opportunity Grants and any merit awards.”
– Cleveland Plain Dealer, “Ohio State University to cover financial gap for in-state, low-income students”