Ohio State Tuition Guarantee

First-year students who are starting their college careers this August will be the first to enroll under the Ohio State Tuition Guarantee, which will provide certainty for incoming students and their families about the cost of in-state tuition, general fees, housing and dining for four years.

The Board of Trustees approved the guarantee program on July 11 and set rates for tuition, fees, room and board. For first-year students in the guarantee program who attend full-time in Fall and Spring semesters, in-state tuition and mandatory fees will be frozen at the following rates:

-Columbus campus: $10,591 per year (5.5 percent higher than 2016-17)
-Lima, Mansfield, Marion and Newark campuses: $7,553 per year (5.8 percent higher than 2016-17)
-Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster: $7,517 (5.8 percent higher than 2016-17)

Students may choose among a variety of university housing and dining plans, which are increasing by 6 percent and 3 percent, respectfully. The most common undergraduate plans on the Columbus campus will total $6,126 per semester.

For more information, read the news release about the Ohio State Tuition Guarantee. The Ohio State Tuition Guarantee Frequently Asked Questions may provide additional information.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education approved the program on July 28, 2017.








Is Ohio State encouraging and/or endorsing an LGBTQ culture?

The university is dedicated to ensuring a welcoming and safe environment for all students.  By including sexual orientation and gender identification questions in the admissions application, Ohio State is indicating an acceptance and understanding of the needs of these students from their very first interaction with the university.

How will identifying an applicant’s sexual orientation and gender identity affect his or her opportunities for admission?

Choosing to answer or ignore these optional identification questions does not impact admissions decisions.  This information is gathered strictly for the purpose of understanding the scope of these populations, and to share university resources with those groups.

Who will be able to access this data?

An individual’s data is protected by FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act).  Similar to disability data, this information is considered restricted within university systems.  Data is only available to an extremely limited number of staff. All others seeking aggregate data must submit a request for this information, including a specific need, to be either approved or denied by the gatekeeping offices (University Registrar and the Multicultural Center).

Students should note, however, that parents or guardians may access this information if they have the log in credentials to review a student’s Common Application or student account.

How will this data be used?

By collecting aggregate data on our applicants’ sexual orientation and gender identity, Ohio State will be able to analyze the success of the university’s efforts related to the recruitment, enrollment, retention and academic success of the LGBTQ demographic. This, in turn, will help us better understand the needs of this population and to provide the data needed to inform the creation or expansion of beneficial resources and services for this demographic.

What if these questions deter students from applying or cause others anxiety and stress?

Previous application questions directed toward race/ethnicity have not deterred students from applying.  These questions are optional, which allows students to answer only if they are comfortable sharing this information.  Students who choose not to disclose sexual orientation and gender identity will not be penalized in any way.

What if students change their sexual orientation and/or gender identity after applying?

Students may visit the Student Information System (SIS) to adjust this information during their time as an Ohio State student.  The university recognizes that students continually experience growth in their identity, and they may wish to edit this information later.