Ohio State Tuition Guarantee

The Ohio State Tuition Guarantee, provides Ohio students and their families certainty about the cost of full-time in-state tuition, general fees, housing and dining.

The guarantee sets rates for in-state tuition, mandatory fees and housing and dining costs for each entering class of first-year Ohio resident students and freezes those rates four years.*

Students are identified by the Tuition Group or cohort in which they first enrolled at Ohio State and are charged based on the corresponding rate. Students transferring from other institutions are included in the cohort in which they first entered college. Campus change students who move to the Columbus campus from an Ohio State regional campus pay the Columbus campus guaranteed rate that corresponds to their cohort.

To see your Ohio State Tuition Guarantee rates, go to the following links select the cohort in which you will be or were enrolled in college.
- Student Tuition and Fee Tables
- Dining Plans
- Housing

Note: Exceptions may be made to extend the guarantee for students in academic programs that require more than 121 credit hours and generally require more than four years to complete. In addition, exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis, for situations such as military service and medical or family emergencies.

For more information, contact Buckeye Link.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who qualifies for the guarantee?
  • The Ohio State Tuition Guarantee applies to Ohio residents who are incoming first-year undergraduate students at each of Ohio State's campuses.

    Ohio resident students who transfer to Ohio State will also join the guarantee program if they began their college career as a first-year student at another institution in autumn semester 2017 or later.

    This program does not apply to: students who first enrolled in college prior to 2017, non-Ohio resident students, non-degree-seeking students, exchange students, or students participating in College Credit Plus, Advanced High School or other pre-enrollment or postsecondary option programs.

  • What fees are included in the Ohio State Tuition Guarantee?
  • The guarantee includes in-state tuition, mandatory fees and housing and dining for Ohio residents. Tuition and mandatory fees include the instructional and general fees on all campuses and the student activity, recreation, COTA and student union fees on the Columbus campus.

  • How long does the guarantee last?
  • The Ohio State Tuition Guarantee holds in-state tuition, mandatory fees, housing and dining rates flat for four academic years. The specific four-year rates are set for each entering class of new first-year students.

    Exceptions may be made to extend the guarantee for students in academic programs that require more than 121 credit hours and generally require more than four years to complete. In addition, exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis, for situations such as military service and medical or family emergencies.

    For more information about filing an appeal, contact registrar@osu.edu.

  • What if I enroll starting in spring semester or summer term?
  • Students who enroll in spring semester would be charged the current academic year’s tuition guarantee rate for the next four years.

    Students who started during summer term 2017 will be part of the guarantee that applies to students who began in autumn semester 2017. Beginning summer term 2018, students who enrolled for summer term will pay the current academic year’s guarantee rate for the summer; and then would pay with the succeeding cohort academic year’s guarantee rate for the next four years.

  • What if I enroll in a program that takes longer than four years?
  • The tuition guarantee will be extended for students in programs that require more than 121 credit hours and generally take more than four years to complete. Students may appeal to extend the length of their guarantee in these cases.

    For information about filing an appeal, contact registrar@osu.edu.

  • What happens if I do not graduate in four years?
  • Unless an exception applies, students who do not complete in four years would revert to the least-expensive guaranteed rate (the rate that rising fourth-year students would be paying).

    That continues each year, moving to the next cohort’s guaranteed rate.

    Exceptions may be made to extend the guarantee for students in academic programs that require more than 121 credit hours and generally require more than four years to complete. In addition, exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis, for situations such as military service and medical or family emergencies.

    For information about filing an appeal, contact registrar@osu.edu.

  • What if I change to the Columbus campus from a regional campus?
  • Students who transition to Columbus from an Ohio State regional campus would pay the Columbus campus guaranteed rate that corresponds to their four-year cohort. For instance, students who change campuses in their second year would pay the same rate paid by second-year students at the Columbus campus.

  • What if I transfer to Ohio State from another college or university?
  • Students who became new first-year college students in autumn semester 2017 or later will join the guarantee in effect for students who started at Ohio State at the same time.

    For example, a student who transferred to Ohio State in autumn 2018 after one year at another college or university would be considered in their second year of the guarantee that began in autumn 2017.

    Students who began at another college before autumn 2017 will not be part of the Ohio State Tuition Guarantee. In those cases, the rates in place for continuing Ohio State students will be in effect.

  • What if I am an out-of-state or international student?
  • The Ohio State Tuition Guarantee sets rates for Ohio resident students. The guarantee does not apply to the non-resident or international surcharges paid by students who live outside Ohio, nor does it apply to housing and dining rates paid by non-resident students.

  • I began at Ohio State classified as a non-resident for tuition purposes. If I become an Ohio resident after my first year, what happens?
  • If you become an Ohio resident for tuition purposes (see rules) during your time at Ohio State, you would be covered by the Ohio State Tuition Guarantee from that point forward and would no longer pay the non-resident or international surcharge.

  • I participated in College Credit Plus at another institution prior to attending Ohio State. Am I considered a new first-year student or a transfer student?
  • Federal and state education policies consider students new first-year students when they first enroll in a college or university after receiving a high school diploma. Therefore students who earned credit through College Credit Plus (or similar programs) while in high school are considered new first -year students and are included in the corresponding tuition guarantee cohort.

  • I received approval from Undergraduate Admissions to take a gap year before enrolling at Ohio State. Which tuition guarantee applies to me?
  • Students who begin their enrollment after the 2017-18 academic year will be included in the guarantee that began one year prior to when they started at Ohio State. You may appeal to have your guarantee extended so you would have access to four full years of enrollment at the tuition guarantee rates.

    For information about filing an appeal, contact registrar@osu.edu.

  • I am enrolled in more than one major. Does that make me eligible for an extension of the four-year guarantee?
  • Exceptions may be made to extend the guarantee for students in academic programs that require more than 121 credit hours and generally require more than four years to complete. In addition, exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis, for situations such as military service and medical or family emergencies.

  • My program awards in both a BS and MS simultaneously. How will the four-year guarantee impact me?
  • The guarantee applies to in-state undergraduate tuition, mandatory fees, room and board. Based on your academic progress and completion of program requirements, you will transition from an undergraduate student status to graduate student status as determined by the academic advisors within your program. For most BS/MS combined programs, this transition occurs in year four of the program. This transition allows your course work to begin applying to the MS portion of your degree. As you transition to graduate student status, you will be charged graduate student tuition and fees, and your participation in the tuition guarantee program will end.

  • I changed majors and was not able to complete my program in four years even though my final major required 121 hours. Am I eligible for an extension of the four-year guarantee?
  • Exceptions may be made to extend the guarantee for students in academic programs that require more than 121 credit hours and generally require more than four years to complete. In addition, exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis, for situations such as military service and medical or family emergencies.

  • Does this impact financial aid?
  • It depends on each student’s individual circumstances. Check My Financial Aid at buckeyelink.osu.edu to see if your financial aid package was adjusted.