Forever Buckeyes Program Welcomes Ohioans Home


COLUMBUS, OH, Oct. 17, 2011 – Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye. At least that is the approach the Ohio Board of Regents and the State of Ohio are taking when it comes to attending college in Ohio.

“If our economy is to grow, we must do everything we can to attract and retain students of all ages to Ohio,” Ohio Chancellor Jim Petro said. “The Forever Buckeyes program provides an incentive to attract these students back to Ohio to enroll in a wide range of educational opportunities.”     

Forever Buckeyes, a provision included in the FY 12-13 budget, extends the in-state resident tuition rate to any public or private Ohio high school graduate who leaves the state but returns to enroll in an undergraduate or graduate program at an Ohio college and also establishes residency in Ohio. The in-state tuition rate will be extended on the first day of the term of enrollment.

Prior to this provision, Ohio high school graduates would have to re-establish residency in Ohio over a period of 12 months before becoming eligible for in-state tuition rates. 

By letting Ohio high school graduates know that they are always welcome to attend college in Ohio, the Board of Regents is encouraging young people to return to Ohio.

Many of Ohio’s successful, educated young people leave to explore and broaden their horizons. The Forever Buckeyes program encourages them to return to Ohio.

These students will become the workers that will help improve the pool of qualified applicants businesses choose from in order to grow their companies and be successful.


About the Board of Regents

The Ohio Board of Regents is the state agency that coordinates higher education in Ohio. The agency is directed by its Chancellor, who is a member of the Governor of Ohio's cabinet. The Chancellor, with the advice of the nine-member Board of Regents, provides policy guidance to the Governor and the Ohio General Assembly, advocates for the University System of Ohio and carries out state higher education policy.

Contact Info:


Ohio Board of Regents Contact:
Jeff Robinson
Office: 614.752.9487