Ohio State Mansfield Students Receive More Than $850,000 in Financial Support
Kidron Stamper, a senior at The Ohio State University at Mansfield, believes he will be able to graduate in December 2019 debt free and says that’s thanks in part to the new Buckeye Opportunity Program. Nearly 700 students at Ohio State Mansfield received more than $850,000 from the university to help pay for tuition and fees during the 2018-19 academic year. The university support came through two separate programs: the President’s Affordability Grants and the Buckeye Opportunity Program.
- Buckeye Opportunity Program: Launched on Ohio State’s regional campuses this spring, the Buckeye Opportunity Program supports federal Pell Grant-eligible Ohio residents by covering the balance of their tuition and mandatory fees after all other aid is received. To be eligible, students must have successfully completed the equivalent of at least one semester and initiated or completed a student-success course. The university committed up to $3 million a year in additional financial aid to fund the program. During spring semester, 148 Mansfield campus students were awarded a total of $184, 789.00.
- President’s Affordability Grants: Extended to the regional campuses in the 2017-18 academic year, the grants are awarded to eligible full-time students who are Ohio residents, demonstrate financial need and file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the February 1 priority filing date. Generally $1,000 a year, the awards are allocated in the amount of $500 per eligible semester to students meeting Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress standards. During the 2018-19 academic year, 543 Mansfield campus students received a total of $679,294.00.
“The Buckeye Opportunity Program allowed me to remain focused on my studies, rather than preoccupied with how I was going to pay for the semester,” said Stamper. “I come from a family that is unable to pay for my college education, but is more than willing to support me in any other way possible. Funding my education was the only concern that I had entering college. As I approach the end of my time as an undergraduate student at The Ohio State University at Mansfield, I am immensely grateful for all the scholarships and grants that I have received, including the Buckeye Opportunity Program.”
“These programs exemplify an unprecedented commitment on the part of The Ohio State University to serving and increasing the accessibility and affordability of a top-quality college education,” said Ohio State Mansfield Dean and Director Norman Jones.
“Access to higher education is critical to the future of our city, region and state,” said Mansfield Campus Enrollment Director Jennifer Fry. “These programs allow students to think about when they complete their degree, rather than if they can complete a degree. Investing in our future starts with these students. Grants and Pell support allow students to focus on succeeding in their classes instead of focusing on how they are going to pay for those classes.”