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

  • $1,000 to $8,000 renewable scholarship
  • Must have minimum 3.0 GPA and 20 ACT OR 3.0 GPA and 1040 SAT
  • No additional application required

Use our scholarship calculator to see how much money you could earn!

  • $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, 2020
  • $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

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