Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Ohio State University tuition is $9,168 per year for in-state residents. This is 39% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $6,614. The cost is 50% cheaper than the average Ohio tuition of $18,258 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 32nd in Ohio amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 83rd most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $26,496 which represents a 189% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $869 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $10,037.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $11,706 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Columbus should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,234.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,602 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,602 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Ohio residents to go to Ohio State is $25,579 for the 2015/2016 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Ohio residence can expect a one year cost of $42,907.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 IPEDS survey response for Ohio State University and represent reported costs for the 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Ohio State University
Estimated Budgets
Ohio Resident Total Budget $25,579
   In-State Tuition$9,168
   Other Fees$869
   Room and Board$11,706
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,602
   Books and Supplies$1,234
Non-Resident Total Budget $42,907
   Out-of-State Tuition$26,496
   Other Fees$869
   Room and Board$11,706
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,602
   Books and Supplies$1,234


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $25,579 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Ohio State net price for in-state students is $18,215* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

79% of Ohio State University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $9,318. 18 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,120. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Ohio State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Ohio State University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$18,215*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid79%
Average Total Grant Aid$9,318
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants18%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,120

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$10,566
$30,001 to $48,000$12,647
$48,001 to $75,000$16,695
$75,001 to $110,000$20,492

Average Financial Aid Mix - $25,579 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $25,579. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 41% - $9,318

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Ohio State University or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 25% - $5,636

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 35% -  $8,023

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if Ohio State is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 88/100 for Ohio State University. Considering an average net price paid of $19,082, this leads to an overall value ranking of 79/100. This places the school 46th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Ohio State University
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus88.6% more expensive
Penn State Main Campus80.8% more expensive
University of Maryland College Park11.1% less expensive
Clemson University42% more expensive
North Carolina State University at Raleigh32.2% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Ohio State University.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Ohio State is $102,316 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $19,082 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $76,328**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $127,895 or $95,410 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Ohio State University are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Ohio State University
Price per credit hour for Ohio residents$382
Cost for one class for Ohio residents (3 credit hours)$1,146
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$1,104
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$3,312
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$4,416

Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 44% of Ohio State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,636. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $26,409.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Ohio State University? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $76,328, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $94,001.69. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Ohio State University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 79% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $19,082. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Ohio State University student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Ohio State University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$783.35
Amount Borrowed$76,328.00
Interest Rate4.3%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$17,673.69
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$94,001.69

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Ohio State? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Ohio State University, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $94,001.69 would be needed to afford a $783.35 monthly payment in the example $76,328.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Ohio State University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $8,856 to $9,168. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 0.9%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $102,316.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Ohio State University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2022$35,177$140,708
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2027$44,896$179,583
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2032 $57,300$229,199
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2035 $66,332$265,327

Tuition History

What was tuition at Ohio State five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years if you enrolled. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1988 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2010$8,679$22,251 0%
2009$8,679$21,918 0%
2008$8,676$21,285 0.1%
2007$8,667$20,562 7.2%
2006$8,082$19,305 7.2%
2005$7,542$18,129 13.4%
2004$6,651$16,638 16.9%
2003$5,691$15,114 18.9%
2002$4,788$13,554 9.2%
2001$4,383$12,732 5.9%
2000$4,137$12,087 5.9%
1999$3,906$11,475 5.9%
1998$3,687$10,896 6.3%
1997$3,468$10,335 6%
1996$3,273$9,813 6%
1995$3,087$9,315 5%
1994$2,940$8,871 5%
1993$2,799$8,292 9%
1992$2,568$7,608 10.4%
1991$2,326$6,784 6.2%
1990$2,190$6,279 7.4%
1989$2,040$5,628 19.7%
1988$1,704$4,352 0%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Ohio State University to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 329 23% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 260 27% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 247 8% costlier
Family Resource Management Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 180 26% costlier
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 147 17% costlier
Human Nutrition Bachelor's Degree 137 9% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 133 18% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 133 16% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 125 8% costlier
Apparel and Textiles, General Bachelor's Degree 120 21% costlier
Pharmacy Bachelor's Degree 120 8% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 120 8% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 115 0% cheaper
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 110 8% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 101 26% costlier
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 92 5% costlier
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 85 4% cheaper
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 83 13% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 71 22% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 68 30% costlier
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Bachelor's Degree 67 23% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 61 9% costlier
Agricultural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 60 11% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 47 2% cheaper
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering Bachelor's Degree 46 0% costlier
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Bachelor's Degree 43 24% costlier
Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other Bachelor's Degree 42 22% costlier
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Bachelor's Degree 41 22% costlier
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General Bachelor's Degree 41 34% costlier
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 41 27% costlier
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 40 33% costlier
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 39 3% cheaper
Materials Engineering Bachelor's Degree 36 5% cheaper
Criminology Bachelor's Degree 34 12% costlier
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 33 27% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 32 20% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 31 7% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 31 23% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 30 10% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 29 25% costlier
Natural Resources/Conservation, General Bachelor's Degree 29 13% costlier
Engineering, Other Bachelor's Degree 28 1% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 27 2% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 27 11% costlier
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator Bachelor's Degree 26 41% costlier
Operations Management and Supervision Bachelor's Degree 26 39% costlier
Food Science Bachelor's Degree 26 17% costlier
Nutrition Sciences Bachelor's Degree 25 2% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 24 1% cheaper
Turf and Turfgrass Management Bachelor's Degree 23 26% costlier
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 23 1% costlier
Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree 23 23% costlier
Ornamental Horticulture Bachelor's Degree 22 20% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 22 13% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 22 6% costlier
Agricultural and Food Products Processing Bachelor's Degree 22 13% costlier
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 22 32% costlier
Agronomy and Crop Science Bachelor's Degree 20 27% costlier
Agricultural Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 20 37% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 20 14% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 20 11% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 18 21% costlier
Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree 18 12% costlier
Design and Visual Communications, General Bachelor's Degree 17 21% costlier
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 17 10% costlier
Industrial and Product Design Bachelor's Degree 17 6% costlier
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 16 25% costlier
Interior Design Bachelor's Degree 16 26% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 15 14% costlier
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 15 21% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 15 13% costlier
Biomedical Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 14 18% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 14 10% costlier
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics Bachelor's Degree 14 6% cheaper
Technical Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 14 41% costlier
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 12 11% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 12 1% costlier
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning Bachelor's Degree 12 12% costlier
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other Bachelor's Degree 11 11% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 10 15% costlier
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 10 42% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 10 3% cheaper
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 9 3% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 9 1% costlier
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 8 4% cheaper
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 7% costlier
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 6% cheaper
Chinese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 7 15% cheaper
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 7 22% costlier
Real Estate Bachelor's Degree 7 9% costlier
Jazz/Jazz Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 3% cheaper
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 6 12% cheaper
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 6 45% costlier
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 6 8% cheaper
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 6 16% costlier
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 5 29% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 5 4% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 5 33% costlier
Astronomy Bachelor's Degree 5 12% cheaper
Botany/Plant Biology Bachelor's Degree 5 14% costlier
Italian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 5 12% cheaper
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 9% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 5 11% costlier
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 4 24% costlier
Medieval and Renaissance Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 22% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 4 23% costlier
Japanese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 12% cheaper
Hebrew Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 8% costlier
Agricultural Economics Bachelor's Degree 3 21% costlier
Molecular Genetics Bachelor's Degree 3 3% costlier
Insurance Bachelor's Degree 3 15% costlier
Comparative Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 17% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 3 9% costlier
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering Bachelor's Degree 3 4% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 2 7% costlier
Korean Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 7% costlier
Entomology Bachelor's Degree 2 3% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 2 13% costlier
Actuarial Science Bachelor's Degree 2 8% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 2 18% costlier
Surveying Technology/Surveying Bachelor's Degree 2 46% costlier
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology Bachelor's Degree 2 10% costlier
Zoology/Animal Biology Bachelor's Degree 1 16% costlier
Arabic Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 1% costlier
Islamic Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 23% cheaper
Modern Greek Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 6% cheaper
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 25% costlier
International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 4% costlier
Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree 1 3% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 1 10% costlier
Audiology/Audiologist Bachelor's Degree 1 19% costlier
History, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 3% costlier
General Studies Associate's Degree 1 113% costlier
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 1 13% cheaper
Optics/Optical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 1 15% cheaper
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 1 7% cheaper
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management Bachelor's Degree 1 26% costlier
Jewish/Judaic Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 7% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 24% costlier
Portuguese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 2% cheaper
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 30% costlier


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About Ohio State University

Ohio State University is a four year public college located in Columbus, Ohio.  Full time enrollment is 50,978 and part time is 7,685.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Ohio State University
190 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, Ohio

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Ohio State University is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

Ohio State University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=204796 IPEDS survey data.

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