Scholarships & Financial Aid


Financial aid is available to help pay for your instructional and general fees, nonresident fees (if applicable), room, meals, books, transportation and personal expenses. Currently, 80% of all BGSU students receive some type of financial assistance.

To be considered for need-based aid, you must be an admitted student AND file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When completing the FAFSA, be sure to list BGSU’s school code: 003018.

There are four types of financial aid


  • BGSU awards an average of 5,800 scholarships totaling approximately $20 million each year
  • Scholarships are considered gift aid and generally do not require repayment
  • Awards are based on attributes such as academic achievement, service and talent
  • Deadline to apply for scholarship consideration is January 15, 2017


  • Grants are need based and do not require repayment
  • Federal and state grants are limited to lower income students


  • Student loans must be repaid
  • Federal Direct Student Loan for Undergraduate Students is available to help parents meet educational costs


  • BGSU employs approximately 3500-4000 students on campus throughout the year
  • Student employees work an average of 10-15 hours per week
  • Students earn at least $8.10 per hour

Financial aid deadlines – Don’t be left out

October 2016

  • FAFSA form is available in high schools and online. Complete and file as soon as possible after October 1, 2016. Use tax information from 2015, BGSU provides an online FAFSA tutorial for students and their families.

December 5, 2016

  • Application for admission and credentials deadline (including official ACT or SAT test results) for all applicants who wish to be considered for an Alumni Laureate Scholarship. Alumni Laureate application must be on file in office of Alumni Affairs by 5 PM, December 5.
  • Sidney A. Ribeau President's Leadership Academy (PLA) scholarship deadline. Applicants must be accepted into BGSU and submit the online PLA application by 5 PM, December 5.
  • Presidential Scholars Award Competition deadline. Complete a BGSU application for admission and the Honors College application by December 5.

January 15, 2017

  • Deadline for credentials (including official ACT or SAT test results) for all those who wish to be considered for freshman academic scholarships. Note: the Presidential Scholars Award Competition and Alumni Laureate Scholarship deadline is December 5, 2016.
  • In order to be considered for the University Freshman Academic Scholarship Award, you must apply for admission by January 15, 2017. Freshmen applying after this date will be considered for University Freshman Academic Scholarships if funds are available and possibly at a reduced amount.

January 15, 2017

March 1, 2017

  • In order to be considered for the University Freshman Academic Scholarship Award, you must have all credentials submitted (test score and transcript) by this date. Updated credentials submitted after this date will not impact the University Freshman Scholarship Award amount offered.

May 1, 2017

  • Scholarship application deadline for BGSU Firelands students.