Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG)

What is it?

The Ohio Board of Regents 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 university main campuses (not regional campuses or community colleges), Ohio private, non-profit colleges or universities, and Ohio private, for-profit institutions.

 

Who is Eligible?

Ohio residents in a 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 2014-2015

  • 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 facts in receipt of an OCOG award, regardless of technical eligibility. Therefore students in this sector have a $0 OCOG award amount.  

*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--$800/$400 figures apply to veterans and $600/$300 figures to non-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.