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 $75,000.


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).

*Students at community colleges and university regional branch campuses are not excluded from the Ohio College Opportunity Grant program. However, tuition level/costs are the determining factor in receipt of an OCOG award, regardless of technical eligibility. Therefore students in this sector have a $0 OCOG award amount unless the student attends an eligible institution year-round.  In this case only, awards may be distributed for one term in the academic year once Pell grants have been exhausted for the year.  

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

**Tuition level/costs are the determining facts in receipt of an OCOG award and therefore students at these institutions have an adjusted OCOG award amount.  

***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.