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.
To search for additional Ohio State financial resources, visit the Health and Wellness Resource Guide.
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 eligible students may be awarded up to $1,000. Learn more about The Student Emergency Fund.
Mental Healthcare Financial Assistance
The Student Advocacy Center is currently able to provide financial assistance to students experiencing a financial barrier to seeking mental health treatment, or who are struggling financially as a result of recent mental health care costs. This funding helps make mental health care more affordable and alleviate the stress of outstanding, mental health-related debts. Awards can be up to $1,500. Learn more and apply.
The following organizations have mental health funds that offer free or reduced cost mental health services:
Asian Mental Health Collective - Lotus Fund
- Mental Health Liberation's BIPOC Therapy Fund and Black Mental Health Fund
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.
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 Society 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.
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.
Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship - Dedicated to continuing the legacy of AIDS educator and activist Pedro Zamora, the Scholarship seeks to support the academic efforts of young activists working in their communities today. Using the HIV/AIDS activism movement as an example, the scholarship supports those taking up social justice work in its many forms and working at the intersection of these movements with their communities to drive progress.
There are also online databases available to search for financial aid opportunities for LGBTQ+ and allied students. We recommend:
- Campus Pride's National Scholarship Database
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
Financing Gender Confirming Medical Care
MoneyGeek created a guide on Financing & Support for Gender Confirmation Surgery. The guide covers topics such as medical transition options, average costs, health insurance coverage, financial support options, resources, and more.
Check out this list of Financial Support services available to trans folks.