Forever Buckeyes, a provision included in the FY 12-13 budget bill, extends the in-state resident tuition rate to any public or private Ohio high school graduate who leaves the state but returns to enroll in an undergraduate or graduate program at an Ohio college and also establishes residency in Ohio. The Forever Buckeyes provision of law removes the 12-month period of establishing domicile in Ohio before becoming eligible for in-state tuition rates.
By letting Ohio high school graduates know that they are always welcome to attend college in Ohio, the Department of Higher Education is encouraging those students to return to Ohio. While Ohio encourages Ohio's successful, educated students to go out in the world, explore, and broaden their horizons, Ohio also wants to encourage them to return to the Buckeye State.
These students will become the workers that will help improve the pool of qualified applicants businesses choose from in order to grow their companies and be successful.
Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is the Forever Buckeye Program?
Forever Buckeyes, a provision included in the FY 12‐13 budget bill, extends the in‐state resident tuition rate to any public or private Ohio high school graduate* who leaves the state but returns to enroll in an undergraduate or graduate program at an Ohio college and also establishes residency in Ohio. Simply stated, if you graduated from an Ohio high school and move back to Ohio, you are eligible for in‐state tuition rates.
*Note: Students must also be an Ohio resident at the time of their high school graduation.
What if I never left Ohio?
If you never left Ohio, you are already eligible for in‐state tuition rates. Current law states that a student or prospective student must live in Ohio for 12 months before becoming eligible for in‐ state tuition rates. The Forever Buckeye program simply removes this requirement for Ohio high school graduates.
What’s the point?
The purpose is simple. For Ohio high school graduates who once had roots in Ohio, we want you to know that you are still a buckeye in our eyes, and we encourage you to come back to the Buckeye state for college. It is our hope that you will re‐establish your roots in Ohio and make plans to remain here after graduation.
Which colleges and universities participate in the Forever Buckeye Program?
Every public institution of higher education in Ohio participates in the Forever Buckeye program. This means each of Ohio’s four‐year public institutions, their branch campuses, Ohio’s community colleges and state community colleges, and Ohio’s technical colleges all participate in the Forever Buckeye program.
How do I know if I am eligible?
If you earned a diploma from an Ohio high school (public or private) and were an Ohio resident at the time of graduation, you are eligible. The program does not apply to students who received GEDs.
What degree programs does Forever Buckeye apply to?
The Forever Buckeye program applies to every degree program including undergraduate and graduate school.