Scholarships & Financial Aid

The surest way to get a scholarship offer is to apply to BGSU! Once you’re admitted, BGSU will begin making scholarship offers based on your credentials. We will also reach out to you with additional opportunities. Applying to the Honors College is another avenue to maximize your scholarship potential.

90% of all new BGSU students receive some type of financial assistance. This aid can be used to pay for your instructional and general fees, non-resident fees (if applicable), room, meals, books, transportation and personal expenses.

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.

Learn more about BGSU financial aid options—and feel free to contact the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships at 419-372-2651 with additional questions!

Incoming Freshman Scholarships

  • University Freshman Academic Scholarships range from $1,000-$8,000
  • Regular admission (high school GPA and ACT or SAT): Schollarship consideration starts at 3.0 cumulative high school GPA and 20 ACT or 1040 SAT
  • Test optional admission (high school GPA only): Scholarship consideration starts at 3.0 cumulative high school GPA
  • No additional application required
  • Must complete application and be admitted by Jan. 15, 2022
  • $1,000 to $3,000 renewable scholarship
  • Must have minimum 3.0 GPA and 20 ACT OR 3.0 GPA and 1040 SAT
  • Out-of-state students encouraged to apply; award based on commitment to diversity
  • Must complete application, file FAFSA and be admitted to BGSU by January 15, 2022
  • $4,000 scholarship for students who live outside of Ohio (That’s half off the non-resident fee!)
  • Must have 3.0 GPA OR 20 ACT OR 1040 SAT
  • No additional application required
  • Must be an incoming freshman
  • Must be enrolled in or have a declared major within the School of Built Environment in the College of Technology, Architecture, and Applied Engineering
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Preference will be given to students from historically marginalized groups
  • Additional preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need as determined by FAFSA
  • Awards are eligible for renewal for up to 3 years while pursuing an undergraduate degree, provided the recipient maintains good academic standing and remains in the School of Built Environment.
  • Must complete General Application within the Searchable Scholarship Guide
  • Must complete application and be admitted by Jan. 15, 2022

What are the Types of Financial Aid?

  • BGSU awards an average of 5,800 scholarships totaling approximately $25 million each year
  • Scholarships are considered gift aid and generally do not require repayment
  • Awards are based on academic achievement, service, talent and need
  • We also accept scholarships awarded by outside organizations
  • Grants are need-based and do not require repayment
  • Federal and state grants are limited to lower-income students
  • Student loans must be repaid and they accumulate interest
  • Federal Direct Student Loan for Undergraduate Students is available to help meet educational costs
  • Parent PLUS Loans may also be offered to parents to help students cover their remaining balance
  • BGSU employs approximately 4,000 students on campus throughout the year
  • Student employees work an average of 15 to 20 hours per week
  • Students earn at least $8.15 per hour
  • Students may also qualify for work study if they indicate interest on their FAFSA