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Financial aid & scholarships

Department Scholarships

Through the generous donations of our alumni and friends, more than $200,000 is awarded each year to students in the MSE and Welding Engineering programs. More than 30 scholarship funds--in addition to other private, university, state and federal financial assistance--are available to aid our students.

Our scholarships are meant to recruit and retain students reflecting the values of our department. Scholarships are awarded to eligible students based on merit, need, and diversity.

For Students Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Materials Science and Engineering or Welding Engineering


New first-year freshmen
One-year scholarships of up to $1,000 will be considered for those who:

  • have been accepted to the College of Engineering
  • AND have declared MSE or WE as their pre-major by February 1.
  • Students changing to another pre-major or major before or during the academic year will forfeit the unused portion of their awarded scholarship.
  • Freshmen also are encouraged to submit the online College of Engineering Freshman Scholarship Application by February 1.

Currently-enrolled OSU students must reapply each year.
One-year scholarships ranging from $250 to $2,000 will be considered for those who:

  • are enrolled in the College of Engineering
  • AND have declared MSE or WE as their major by February 1
  • AND have submitted the on-line College of Engineering Scholarship Application by February 1.
  • Students changing to another pre-major or major before or during the academic year will forfeit the unused portion of their awarded scholarship.

College of Engineering Scholarships

The application deadline for first year freshmen applying for College of Engineering entering the next Autumn term is February 1 of each year.

The application deadline for current OSU students applying for College of Engineering Scholarships is February 1 of each year.


All students, regardless of family income, are encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid - FAFSA - before February 1 each year, to make themselves eligible for scholarships that consider financial "need" a criteria.

Office of Financial Aid

OSU Office of Student Financial Aid
This informative website includes links to forms, student jobs, deadlines, your financial aid status, and non-OSU sources of aid.

Online Ohio State Application for Special Scholarships