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Ohio State distributes $17.7 million in student aid

Nearly 20,300 students to receive support to address pandemic-related hardships

The Ohio State University is distributing another $17.7 million in federal assistance this week to support students who are facing hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Approximately 20,300 undergraduate, graduate and professional students will receive COVID Emergency Grants of up to $500 or $1,000, depending on their level of financial need. The university is proactively providing these funds and no applications are required. The university is providing this support using dollars from the federal 2021 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.

“The pandemic has been difficult for so many families, and Ohio State is pleased to support students who may be facing financial challenges,” President Kristina M. Johnson said. “We thank our federal partners for helping to ensure that students are not derailed from their career and life goals.”

Since the pandemic began in March 2020, Ohio State has distributed more than $40 million in emergency grants, benefiting more than 29,500 students. The Together As Buckeyes initiative, which includes several grants, is primarily funded through federal sources but also includes institutional support.

The university received $21.4 million in funding for emergency student aid from the 2021 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. The remaining funds will be available through the Together as Buckeyes emergency grant program, which uses an application process that considers students’ individual circumstances.

The grants provided this week are based on financial need, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students may use the funds toward any component of the cost of attendance, or for emergency costs as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic such as food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.

To apply for a Together As Buckeyes emergency grant, students need to complete a one-page emergency request form and provide supporting documentation. Student Financial Aid will process applications after determining eligibility based on each student’s circumstances and guidance from the U.S. Department of Education.

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