The Ohio State University’s Office of International Affairs provides partial tuition grants each semester to international students.

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It’s important to note that these grants have limitations and are not intended to fully cover tuition and fees. While you can request any amount in your grant application, the Office of International Affairs may not be able to meet the full request.

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If it is not your final semester, you might need to complete a Financial Literacy course before being eligible for any potential awards.


These grants aim to assist international students who are one semester away from graduation, demonstrating financial need to complete their degrees. Each student is limited to one grant award per degree level. Therefore, applying in the first academic year is not recommended unless there is an emergency. Applicants will receive email notifications about the grant committee’s decisions, and all decisions are final. Grants will be directly deposited into the student’s account at Fees and Deposits.


To qualify, you must:
– Be a non-immigrant international student (F-1 or J-1 status)
– Currently, be enrolled in a degree-granting program
– Not have received an Office of International Affairs grant before in the current degree level
– Be within one semester of graduation or have an unforeseen emergency
– Demonstrate financial need to complete the current degree
– Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 for undergraduates or 3.0 for graduates

Application Documents

Submit the following documentation to apply:
1. International Student Grant Application
2. A letter explaining specifically why this grant is needed, how you plan to use it, and the actions you have taken or are taking to meet your financial needs. This letter should be a maximum of one page and should reflect your authentic voice, without the use of AI services such as Chat GPT. You won’t be interviewed for this grant, so make the most of the opportunity to communicate your financial situation in writing.
3. Any additional documentation you wish to submit to support your case, if necessary.