The Ohio State University at Lima

University will guarantee tuition for incoming freshmen for four years and freeze tuition for existing students

July 13, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Board of Trustees has approved new tuition and fees for the 2017-18 academic year and enacted the Ohio State Tuition Guarantee. In-state tuition and mandatory fees will increase 5.5 percent for incoming freshmen on the Columbus campus and, under the guarantee, be frozen at that level for four years.

When the program begins this fall, it will apply to new incoming freshman only. Tuition and fees will not increase for existing, in-state students — including sophomores, juniors and seniors — enrolled on all campuses. It is the fifth straight year that in-state tuition and fees have been frozen for existing students, including those at the regional campuses.

At the same time, Ohio State will expand financial aid by

• Increasing the value of the Land Grant Opportunity Scholarship program to cover the full cost of attendance. The university will also double the size of the scholarship program next year, making the scholarship available to two students from each Ohio county per year — a total of 176 scholarships.

• Committing $25 million to the President’s Affordability Grant Program. Entering its third year, the program will have provided a total of $60 million to middle- and lower-income Ohio undergraduates — bringing the university closer to its stated goal of $100 million in additional need-based aid by 2020. The grants are funded through Ohio State’s administrative efficiency program. During the 2016-2017 academic year, 497 students attending the Lima campus received $497,000 in grant money from the program.

Current students will continue to pay $10,037 for in-state tuition and mandatory fees at the Columbus campus. For incoming first-year students on the Columbus campus, the Ohio State Tuition Guarantee sets resident tuition and fees at $10,591 per year through 2020-21. The tuition guarantee is set at $7,553 for the Lima, Mansfield, Marion and Newark campuses and $7,517 at the Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster. The tuition guarantee at Lima also applies to Indiana students attending Ohio State Lima through the recently announced Tuition Reciprocity Agreement.

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Lima contact: Pam Joseph,, 419-995-8284
Columbus contact: Benjamin Johnson,, 614-292-9681