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’s 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 2016-2017

  • 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).

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

*The fixed Pell/EFC combo of $5,920 continues to exceed the average tuition and general charges at community colleges and therefore no OCOG awards will be available to students attending these institutions.  However, if a student in this sector attends an eligible institution year-round, a main campus term award may be distributed once Pell grants have been exhausted.

*The average tuition and general charges at university regional campuses slightly exceeds the fixed Pell/EFC combo of $5,920.  Therefore, a modified maximum OCOG award amount will be available to students attending these institutions.  However, if a student in this sector attends an eligible institution year-round, a main campus term award may be distributed once Pell grants have been exhausted.

**The OCOG award chart outlines maximum per student award amounts; however, each student will not automatically receive the maximum award amount due to the interaction(s) between the Pell/EFC combo and tuition and general charges as assessed to each individual student, which is typically the case with institutions such as Allegheny Wesleyan, Central State University, God’s Bible College, Grace College and Seminary, and Trinity School of Nursing.  It is the responsibility of each institution to perform a student specific calculation to ensure that each student’s Pell grant and EFC combo is being applied toward tuition and general charges before the student’s OCOG award amount is determined.

***Amounts for Ohio residents attending eligible Pennsylvania institutions-- $600/$300 figures to non-veterans apply 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.