Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG)

What is it?

The Ohio Department of Higher Education administers the Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) program, which provides grant money to Ohio residents who demonstrate the highest levels of financial need (as determined by the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that should be completed) who are enrolled at Ohio public colleges or universities, Ohio private, non-profit colleges or universities, and Ohio private, for-profit institutions.

 

Who is Eligible?

Ohio residents in an associate degree, first bachelor’s degree, or nurse diploma program at an eligible Ohio or Pennsylvania institution with an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of 2190 or less and a maximum household income of $96,000.

 

How much aid is available?

OCOG 2021-2022

ENROLLMENT STATUS

FULL-TIME 3/4 TIME 1/2 TIME 1/4 TIME
PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS        
Community Colleges* 0 0 0 0
Regional Campuses* 123 92 62 31
Central State University - Continuing Students** 108 81 54 27
Central State University - Tuition Guarantee Cohort 1 Students** 230 173 115 58
Central State University - Tuition Guarantee Cohort 2 Students** 768 576 384 192
Shawnee State University - Continuing Students** 1388 1041 694 347
Shawnee State University - Tuition Guarantee Cohort 1 Students** 1500 1125 750 375
Shawnee State University - Tuition Guarantee Cohort 2 Students** 1768 1326 884 442
Shawnee State University - Tuition Guarantee Cohort 3 Students** 2096 1572 1048 524
All Other Public Main Campuses 2200 1650 1100 550
PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS        
Allegheny Wesleyan** 304 228 152 76
God's Bible College** 760 570 380 190
Grace College & Seminary** 1736 1302 868 434
Trinity School of Nursing** 2916 2187 1458 729
Valor Christian College** 1304 978 652 326
Western Governor's University** 744 558 372 186
All other Private, Non-Profit 3700 2775 1850 925
Private, For-Profit 1400 1050 700 350
PENNSYLVANIA INSTITUTIONS        
Pennsylvania Institutions*** 600 or 800 300 or 400 300 or 400 0
  • All amounts reflect annual awards in $.  Appropriate annual award amount should be divided by two for semesters or three for quarters.
  • Eligible students continuously enrolled may receive an additional 1/2 or 1/3 of their respective award amount in their third semester or fourth quarter.
  • Students are limited to 10 semesters or 15 quarters of state, need-based grant aid (including combination of OCOG and OIG).

    +The fixed Pell/EFC combo of $6,495 continues to exceed the average tuition and general charges at community colleges and therefore, consistent with past practice, no OCOG awards will be available to students attending these institutions unless they otherwise qualify for foster youth status, Federal Veteran’s Education benefits, or third-term OCOG (attends an eligible institution year-round and has exhausted Pell).  These students may be eligible for up to the public main campus award amount. 

  • +The average tuition and general charges at university regional campuses slightly exceeds the fixed Pell/EFC combo of $6,495.  Therefore, a modified maximum OCOG award amount will be available to students attending these institutions.  However, if a student in this sector qualifies for Federal Veteran’s Education benefits or third term OCOG (attends an eligible institution year-round and has exhausted Pell), the student may be eligible for up to the public main campus award amount. 

  • *Eligible foster youth at community colleges may qualify for OCOG using main campus award amounts.

  • *Eligible students receiving federal veterans’ education benefits at community colleges and regional campuses may qualify for OCOG using main campus award amounts.

  • *Eligible students attending a community college or regional campus year-round who have exhausted their Pell grant for the year, may be eligible for a main campus term award for the third term.  

  • ** Tuition level/costs are the determining factors in receipt of an OCOG award and therefore students at these institutions have an adjusted OCOG award amount.  Students eligible under the dual enrollment, foster youth, or veteran provisions may receive OCOG for all terms in the academic year up to the main public or private, non-profit award amount.  If the student attends year-round, they may be eligible for an award up to the main public or private, non-profit award amount for their third term once   Pell grants have been exhausted for the academic year.  Shawnee State's tuition guarantee cohort 4 is eligible for the full public award amount.

  • ***Amounts for Ohio residents attending eligible Pennsylvania institutions-- $600/$300 figures to non-veterans and $800/$400 figures to veterans.

 

 

How do I apply?

Students apply for OCOG benefits by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

 

Is there a deadline?

The application deadline is October 1 of each year. The deadline to complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA is October 1, 2021.