Financial Assistance

Financial aid is available to LGBTQ+ Buckeyes in the form of merit- and need-based scholarships from both Ohio State-specific organizations and national organizations dedicated to supporting students around the country. Students are encouraged to explore all of their financial aid opportunities, which include the following.

The Student Emergency Fund

The Student Advocacy Center provides emergency financial assistance to students who may otherwise be at risk of dropping out of college due to an unexpected financial emergency. If you, or a student you know, are experiencing an unplanned expense, there may have emergency funding available (resources are limited). Applications are open and and eligible students may be awarded up to $1,000. Learn more about The Student Emergency Fund.

FAFSA and Financial Aid

The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the first step to be considered for any type of federal or state aid and most institutional aid (including scholarships). The FAFSA is available on October 1 each year and The Ohio State University has a priority deadline of February 1 each year. For step-by-step instructions on completing FAFSA, visit sfa.osu.edu/current-student/apply-for-aid/step-by-step. You can still submit your FAFSA after that date, but be aware that filing earlier will provide you maximum aid consideration.

For info about the types of financial aid available to students, visit sfa.osu.edu/current-student/about-aid/types-of-aid

Ohio State Scholarships and Grants

The Scarlet and Gay LGBTQ Alumni Society awards a number of scholarships to LGBTQ+ and allied students of diverse identities, areas of study and interests at The Ohio State University. Scarlet and Gay LGBTQ Alumni Socieity scholarships range in value from $2,000 to $2,500 and are available to those students who meet certain eligibility criteria and who complete their applications on time.

ScholarshipUniverse is a scholarship-matching tool that simplifies the process of finding and applying for internal and external scholarships. Once you create your profile, ScholarshipUniverse will alert you to possible scholarship matches. For more: go.osu.edu/scholarshipfaqs.

National Scholarships

Point Foundation (Point), the largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students in the United States, supports their "Point Scholars" through scholarship funding, mentorship and leadership development programs.

There are also online databases available to search for financial aid opportuities for LGBTQ+ and allied students. We recommend:

Ohio Name Change Microgrant

The Ohio Name Change Microgrant is a fund created in partnership with Equitas and TransOhio to raise money for people seeking to change their name to fit their gender identity. To qualify, you must identify as transgender and/or nonbinary, be a citizen of the United States, attend a name change legal clinic through Equitas, and adhere to set policies and procedures. You can apply now! Email your completed application to scholarships@transohio.org for consideration.

Scarlet and Gray Financial Coaching

Scarlet and Gray Financial is a nationally recognized peer financial coaching program housed in the Student Wellness Center in the RPAC. The program assists thousands of Ohio State students each year in creating the life they desire through the use of a goal-driven financial process.