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?

 

2022-2023 Award Chart

 

ENROLLMENT STATUS

FULL-TIME 3/4 TIME 1/2 TIME 1/4 TIME
PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS        
Community Colleges* $0 $0 $0 $0
Regional Campuses* $0 $0 $0 $0
Central State University - Continuing Students** $0 $0 $0 $0
Central State University - Tuition Guarantee Cohort 2019 Students** $0 $0 $0 $0
Central State University - Tuition Guarantee Cohort 2020 Students** $100 $75 $50 $25
Central State University - Tuition Guarantee Cohort 2021 Students** $368 $276 $184 $92
Central State University - Tuition Guarantee Cohort 2022 Students** $700 $525 $350 $175
Shawnee State University - Continuing Students** $1,148 $861 $574 $287
Shawnee State University - Tuition Guarantee Cohort 2018 Students** $1,460 $1,095 $730 $365
Shawnee State University - Tuition Guarantee Cohort 2019 Students** $1,370 $1,028 $685 $343
Shawnee State University - Tuition Guarantee Cohort 2020 Students** $1,696 $1,272 $848 $424
Shawnee State University - Tuition Guarantee Cohort 2021 Students** $2,012 $1,509 $1,006 $503
Shawnee State University - Tuition Guarantee Cohort 2022 Students** $2,420 $1,815 $1,210 $605
All Other Public Main Campuses $2,700 $2,025 $1,350 $675
PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS        
Allegheny Wesleyan** $0 $0 $0 $0
God's Bible College** $448 $336 $224 $112
Grace College & Seminary** $1,576 $1,182 $788 $394
Trinity School of Nursing** $2,536 $1,902 $1,268 $634
Valor Christian College** $1,696 $1,272 $848 $424
Western Governor's University** $344 $258 $172 $86
All other Private, Non-Profit $4,200 $3,150 $2,100 $1,050
Private, For-Profit $1,600 $1,200 $800 $400
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 $6,895 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.  These students may be eligible for up to the public main campus award amount.
  • +The fixed Pell/EFC combo of $6,895 exceeds the average tuition and general charges at university regional campuses and therefore, no OCOG awards will be available to  students attending these institutions unless they otherwise qualify for Federal Veteran’s Education benefits or third term OCOG.  These students 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 cohorts 1 and 2 are eligible for the full public award amounts.
  • ***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 2022-2023 FAFSA is October 1, 2022.