Financial aid consists of scholarships, grants, loans and Federal Work-Study. Some financial aid is merit-based, meaning you compete for awards based on academic achievement. Other aid is need-based or non-need-based and meant to help when your family and personal resources are unable to cover your total educational costs.
The Ohio State University makes every effort within its means to help students secure the funds to pay for college. Your first step in finding out what aid you might be eligible for is to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). If you're not ready to file, you can get an early estimate of your aid using Ohio State's Net Price Calculator.