Federal PELL Grant

Students seeking financial assistance may apply for this need-based federal grant by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The amount of the Federal PELL Grant grant varies for each student.


Ohio College Opportunity Grant

The Ohio College Opportunity Grant is available to eligible students who are residents of Ohio and is based on financial needs. To apply for this program, a student must file the FAFSA.

Early Intervention Specialist student

REQUIRED Steps to receive your loans

Please complete these steps only once.

Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan

Federal Direct Loans are processed for all undergraduate students in the amount listed on their financial aid award. Students who wish to refuse or reduce the Federal Direct Loan must notify the Financial Aid Office in writing or by email at financialaid@ashland.edu. Be sure to complete the loan process for the upcoming academic year after June 1.

STEP 1. All new Ashland University Federal Direct Loan borrowers must complete a Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note. If you received a Federal Direct Loan at any school within the last ten years, you do not need to sign a new Master Promissory Note.

STEP 2. All new borrowers must also complete Federal Direct Loan Entrance Counseling. (Click on the link to follow all the required steps.) These steps are done at studentaid.gov. Sign in with the student's FSA ID and click "Complete Aid Processes."

Federal PLUS Loan

Parents of dependent students may apply for a Federal Parent PLUS Loan up to the student's cost of attendance, less other financial aid received. Only one parent is the borrower on the PLUS Loan, and application processes must be completed for each Ashland University child you wish to borrow for. The current interest rate is fixed at 7.54% and there is a 4.228% loan fee deducted from the loan amount.

To apply, parents must carefully follow these steps for the upcoming academic year after June 1 at studentaid.gov by signing in with the parent's Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID:

STEP 1. Every year at studentaid.gov, click "Apply for Aid" and choose "Apply for a PLUS Loan", request the dollar amount of your loan and have a credit check completed. Remember to factor in the loan fee the government deducts from your loan when requesting the amount. To see the latest fee percentage, visit the Loan Terms page.

All Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan borrowers must annually complete Annual Student Loan Acknowledgement (ASLA) at studentaid.gov under "Complete Aid Processes."

STEP 2. For new Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan borrowers, also "Complete a Master Promissory Note" at studentaid.gov under "Complete Aid Process" and choose "MPN for Parents." The MPN is valid for 10 years.

STEP 3. Once you have applied for a PLUS Loan, Ashland University will be electronically notified by the U.S. Dept of Education.

STEP 4. If your credit is approved, Ashland University will process the loan. If denied, we will add additional Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan funds to your student's financial aid award if he or she is eligible.

Private Alternative Loan for Students

Students who need more loan funds than what has already been awarded in federal loans can apply for a private education alternative loan. You will need to choose a lender and apply to that lender for the loan. Private education loans are credit-based, and students are more likely to be approved if they apply with a credit-worthy cosigner. Ashland University has provided a Private Loan Comparison List for your review, but you may select any lender. If you apply with a lender not on the Comparison List, please have the lender send their School Certification Form to Ashland University's Financial Aid Office for completion.

All undergraduate students who have an Ashland University Dwight Schar Loan listed on their Financial Aid Award must complete a self-certification form and a promissory note that will be mailed or emailed to them. The loan terms will be included in the mailing.

Private Educational Alternative Loan For Parents

Parents and, in some cases, other interested parties can now apply for loans to assist students in financing their education. These loans are credit-based and offer rates that are competitive with the Federal Parent PLUS Loan rate of 6.28%. Borrowers can borrow up to the Cost Of Education minus any aid the student has already received.

Ashland University has provided a Private Loan Comparison List for your review, but you may select any lender you wish. If you apply with a lender not on the Comparison List, please have the lender send their School Certification Form to Ashland University's Financial Aid Office for completion.

Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program (NEALP)

The Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program (NEALP) provides financial assistance to Ohio students enrolled for at least half-time study (or accepted for enrollment) in an approved Ohio nurse education program. NEALP provides funding for nurses who intend to serve as instructors or students who intend to serve as nurses after graduation. To apply and for further information, click here and here

TEACH Grant for Undergraduate Students

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant provides grant assistance to students who are completing coursework to begin a teaching career in a high-need field. The award is up to $4,000 per year with a maximum of $16,000 for an undergraduate degree.

Choose Ohio First

Ashland University has been awarded a grant from the state of Ohio to provide Choose Ohio First Scholarships to outstanding students with interests in the natural and physical sciences. These scholarships support academically strong students who plan to continue to graduate school, health-related professional programs or employment in STEM industries after completing a bachelor’s degree.

Students can receive $3,000 per academic year for four years.


  • ACT score of 25 or higher
  • High school GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Maintain a major in Biochemistry, Biology (including Forensic Biology), Chemistry, Environmental Science, Forensic Chemistry, Physics or Toxicology
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA by the end of the first year to maintain scholarship
  • Attend three STEM-related lectures or events each semester

AU also provides a peer mentoring program for new students. We encourage students to participate in research projects, professional internships and STEM-related career fairs as well.

If you have questions about the Choose Ohio First scholarship program, contact Mason Posner at mposner@ashland.edu or 419-289-5691.

Choose Ohio First