Eagle Opportunity Program - A tuition-free education for future teachers.

Tuition-Free Education

Since our founding in 1878, Ashland University has made a commitment to developing future teachers, and today we are presenting an innovative plan that reflects the depth of that commitment. AU knows you will make a difference in a child’s future, so we are offering incoming students who major in teacher education the opportunity to attend AU tuition free. We provide renowned education to future teachers and are recognized as one of the elite teacher education schools in the country after receiving all positive marks from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). AU presents ample opportunity for you to be in the teaching field starting your freshman year.

Available Now For Spring and Fall 2020

The Ashland University Eagle Opportunity Program is available for up to 50 qualifying on-campus undergraduate freshmen and transfer students majoring in teacher education. This tuition program is renewable up to four years as long as the student remains Pell Grant eligible.

Easy Application

We make it easy to apply for the Eagle Opportunity Program! First, create an account and fill out your application to Ashland University indicating that you wish to major in education. That’s it! There’s no need to fill out any extra application. Eligible students will automatically be considered for the program. If accepted, you will receive an invite to join the program. You must be one of the first 50 students to sign and return your invite to officially join the Eagle Opportunity Program.

Eligibility Requirements

Ohio Resident

Apply to AU as a full-time, undergrad student

Major in teacher education

FAFSA filed

Pell Grant Eligible

Annual household income of $50,000 or less

For questions, please call 419.289.5052 or email us at enrollme@ashland.edu



Q1: How do I apply?

Complete the free Ashland University application at www.ashland.edu/apply and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid using code 003012.

Q2: Who is eligible for the Eagle Opportunity Program?
Incoming spring or fall 2020 full-time students who are Ohio residents, Pell Grant eligible with a family income of $50,000 or less and studying education on Ashland's main campus and/or AU's Columbus Center are eligible for the Eagle Opportunity Program. 
Q3: Do I have to attend main campus in Ashland, OH in order to qualify for the program?

You do not have to live on AU's main campus, but must attend classes on the main campus in Ashland, OH, and/or the AU Center in Columbus, OH as a full-time undergraduate student, in order to be eligible.

Q4: Do I have to be an Ohio Resident?

Yes, only Ohio residents are eligible for the program.

Q5: May I become an Ohio resident to be eligible for the program?

You must meet Ohio residency requirements at the time of admission to Ashland University in order to be eligible for this program.

Q6: What if I am Pell Grant eligible, but my family income is more than $50,000?

You are not eligible for the Eagle Opportunity Program. You must be Pell Grant eligible with a family income of $50,000 or less.

Q7: How do I know if I am Pell Grant eligible?

If you have been admitted to Ashland University and listed our Title IV code on the FAFSA (003012), please refer to your award letter. If you have not received your award letter yet, please call the Financial Aid Office at 419.289.5002 or email financialaid@ashland.edu.

Q8: What if I am conditionally admitted to Ashland University?

You will not be eligible for the Eagle Opportunity Program. Only regularly admitted freshman and transfer students are eligible for the program. Freshman admission requires a 2.5 cumulative GPA and an 18 ACT or 960 SAT. Transfer admission requires a 2.25 cumulative GPA.

Q9: Is the Eagle Opportunity Program renewable?

Yes, you are eligible for renewal for a maximum of four years. Students must be full time within a teacher education major, remain Pell Grant eligible, have a family income of $50,000 or less and maintain an Ohio residency. As a student, you must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 after your first year of taking classes and then maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 for subsequent years. 

Q10: I am a current Ashland University student majoring in Education. Am I eligible for the program?

No, only new Ashland University students beginning in Spring or Fall 2020 are eligible for the program.

Q11: What happens if I fall below full-time student status?

Only full-time status students are eligible for this program.

Q12: May I use my outside scholarships for other Ashland University expenses?

Yes, you can use your outside scholarships/grants that are not tuition specific for Ashland University billed fees and books. If the outside scholarship is designated for tuition, it will be included in the Eagle Opportunity Program award amount rather than in addition to it.

Q13: I am already receiving a scholarship or benefit for full tuition costs. Can I use the Eagle Opportunity Program award to cover other university expenses?

No, the award only covers the cost of tuition.

Q14. If I'm awarded the Ohio College Opportunity Grant, how is this grant applied to my tuition and program costs?

The Ohio College Opportunity Grant will be used to help cover your cost of tuition along with your Eagle Opportunity Program.

Q15: What if there are more than 50 eligible students who apply?

The first 50 eligible students who accept their enrollment offer will receive the award.

Q16: What happens if I change my major?

If you are no longer studying teacher education, you will no longer be eligible for this program.

Q17: Will I be notified if I am eligible for the program?

We will notify every eligible student via a program offer letter which a student may sign and return to be among the 50 program participants.

Q18: May I take advantage of this program in a future term if I do not enroll at AU in spring or fall 2020?

No, students forfeit eligibility for the program offer if they do not enroll at AU in the Spring or Fall 2020 terms.

Q19: Are Bachelor's Plus students eligible for the Eagle Opportunity Program?

No, only traditional undergraduate freshman and transfer students are eligible for the program.

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