Ohio State University says 12,400 students will qualify for new need-based grants next year as part of the school's effort to make the university more affordable to low- and middle-income families.
State officials have recently urged public universities to contain student costs. Ohio State President Michael Drake has stated that affordability, accessibility and excellence have always been his goals. The 15-million-dollar program aims to reverse decades of almost continuous tuition and fee increases. University officials announced last month they will freeze all student costs for in-state undergraduates for the first time in 40 years. The new grants will be paid for with discretionary funds available through savings and cost containment in other areas.