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
- $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
Additional BGSU Scholarship Opportunities
- Presidential Scholars Award Competition
- Alumni Laureate Scholarship Program
- Academic Investment in Mathematics & Science (AIMS) Program
- The Robert and Ellen Thompson Scholarship Program for Working Families
But there’s more! Explore all opportunities with our Searchable Scholarship Guide.
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
- 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