In an era of rising costs and competition, Ohio State is taking steps to provide education that is both affordable and excellent.
Reduce student financial burden: Ohio State has frozen in-state tuition and mandatory fees for undergraduates since 2012-2013, meaning two classes will graduate with no increases. Beyond tuition, Ohio State instituted a comprehensive freeze, including room and board, for 2015-2016 – the first of its kind in at least four decades. The comprehensive freeze was extended to 2016-2017.
Expand student aid: The President’s Affordability Grants are part of an initiative to dedicate at least $400 million by 2020 to improve the value of an Ohio State education. In the program's first year, it provided aid to more than 12,000 low- and middle-income students; in 2016-2017, the program expanded to approximately 15,700 students.
Focus on excellence: Ohio State established the new University Institute for Teaching and Learning to enhance the learning experience for students, share best practices and apply student-centered analytics to improve outcomes.
Lead the national conversation: Ohio State is a founding member of the American Talent Initiative, which aims to increase the number of talented low- and moderate-income students on college campuses. It is also a charter participant in the University Innovation Alliance. President Drake serves in leadership positions for numerous higher education groups whose work broadly aligns with the university’s vision.
During the summer of 2016, President Drake traveled throughout Ohio to share his 2020 Vision.
“It’s our job, particularly at public universities, to make a college education available to people from our community, from our region to be able to grow the quality of our enterprise.”
– osu.edu, “Opportunities for the people of Ohio”
Find out more about scholarship students and excellent teaching faculty who are helping Ohio State achieve the 2020 Vision.
American Talent Initiative
Ohio State is a founding member of a national initiative to increase the number of talented low- and moderate-income students on college campuses.
Bucks for Buckeyes
Access, affordability, excellence and community outreach are all part of the GoBuck$ scholarship program that provides young people tuition vouchers for attendance and academic achievement.
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“Talent knows no geography ... A deeper commitment by the nation’s top colleges and universities to focus as a collective to attract and support more talent will benefit the nation by unleashing potential, encouraging economic development, increasing the tax base, and accelerating the country’s ability to compete in today’s global knowledge economy.”
– Op-ed by Michael V. Drake and Daniel R. Porterfield, The Washington Post, “The new American Talent Initiative on college campuses. It isn’t about singing or dancing.”
“The reduced tuition is the second of a two-stage process to encourage students to take summer term courses and make progress toward their degrees. ... Based on 2016 summer enrollment, the discount is expected to save undergraduates $1.7 million.”
– WSYX-ABC6, “Ohio State reduces summer tuition”
“When she was in fifth grade, her teacher nominated her for the Ohio State University's Young Scholars Program, which aims to increase diversity at OSU and improve degree completion among academically talented, low-income, first-generation students.”