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Non-degree students in prerequisite coursework


Non-degree seeking students may be eligible for federal financial aid if they are enrolled at least half-time in coursework that is:

  • part of an eligible OSU degree program, and
  • required for admission to a graduate or professional degree program.

Non-degree seeking students cannot receive aid for courses taken only to raise their GPA to be admitted to a degree program.

Aid restrictions

  •  Federal Direct Loans only—Direct Subsidized, Direct Unsubsidized, and Direct PLUS (parents of dependent students only)
  • Limited to one calendar year (12 months) beginning on the first day of the loan period
  • Subsidized Loan eligibility at $5,500
  • Independent students may also qualify for an additional $7,000 in Unsubsidized Loan
  • Loan amounts can never be more than the difference between Cost of Attendance and any other financial assistance

Application process

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