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Frequently Asked Questions

General Application Questions

What are the deadlines to apply for EHE Scholarships?

The deadlines to apply for 2017-18 EHE Scholarships are as follows.

  • January 16, 2017  - Deadline for current graduate and undergraduate students and future graduate students at main and regional campuses.
  • February 13, 2017 - Deadline for future undergraduate students at main and regional campuses.
  • April 3, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. for priority awarding for incoming undergraduate transfer students and May 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. is the final deadline for any possible consideration.
Why are the deadlines to apply for EHE Scholarships so early?

Scholarship applications are due early in the year because we need time to process the information and make scholarship awards before spring financial aid deadlines. EHE is required to submit scholarship awards to Federal Student Aid in early March for incoming undergraduate students and in early April for all other students. In order for us to make awards by these deadlines, we need all applications completed by the deadlines listed above.

Do I need to complete a FAFSA form to be eligible for EHE scholarships?

No. You do not need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be eligible for EHE Scholarships. It does help when determining need-based awards. Without a FAFSA form on file, it can be difficult to determine financial need. It could be to your benefit to complete the application. Completing the FAFSA does not obligate you to take out any student loans but it may make you eligible for university-sponsored scholarships, grants, or programs.

Are the EHE Scholarships application and the OSU application for special scholarships the same thing?

No. To apply for special scholarships through the University you need to visit the Office of Student Financial Aid

General EHE Scholarship Notification and Acceptance Questions

When will I hear about my scholarship application status?

EHE Scholarship announcements usually come in mid/late April. If you are selected for an EHE Scholarship you will receive an email notifying you of the award and the processes for accepting your scholarship. If you are not selected for a scholarship you also will be notified of the decision and we will keep your application on file in case something opens up for which you are eligible.

How will I receive my EHE scholarship? What if I get a refund?

All EHE scholarships are processed through the Financial Aid system at OSU. Your scholarship will be added to your OSU student account in two equal payments before the beginning of autumn and spring semesters (unless a distribution request is made at least 10 days before the semester begins).

If your tuition and fees are paid and you have a zero balance with the university you will receive your scholarship distribution as a refund which can be used to pay for books, housing, research supplies or any other costs associated with attending OSU. In order to receive your refund quickly and safely, it is recommended that you establish direct deposit with the University. More details about direct deposit can be found from the Office of the Controller.

Can I defer my EHE scholarship until next year if I decide not to attend OSU during the upcoming school year?

Unfortunately, no. We have a large number of students who are deserving of scholarship aid and we must prioritize the needs of those students who will be enrolled for the upcoming school year. If you decide to defer your attendance, you can reapply for EHE scholarships for the following academic year in hopes of receiving a similar award.

Application Questions for Future Undergraduate Students

I would like to apply for EHE scholarships but my high school does not keep track of class rank. What should I do?

If your high school does not keep track of class rank we will ask you to estimate where you believe you fall (e.g., top 5%, top 10%, top 20%, etc.) to the best of your knowledge.

I am planning to complete the EHE Scholarship application. How should I report my GPA since my school does not use a 4-point scale?

Before entering your GPA into the EHE Scholarship application please go online and covert it to a 4.0 scale so it can be properly processed.

I plan to attend a regional campus. Can I still apply for EHE scholarships?

Yes. Students at OSU regional campuses are students of the university. If you are planning to enroll in an EHE academic major you are eligible to receive scholarship aid from our college. Before you complete the EHE Scholarship application please make sure your intended academic major is in the College of Education and Human Ecology.

Application Questions for Current Undergraduate Students

I plan to transfer to OSU's Columbus campus for the 2017-18 academic school year. Which scholarship application should I complete?

You should complete the current undergraduate student (any OSU campus) scholarship application.

I plan to graduate in spring semester 2017. Can I apply for 2017-18 EHE scholarships?

No. The 2017-18 EHE Scholarship application is only for those students who plan to enroll during the 2017-18 academic school year which is summer 2017, autumn 2017 and spring 2018.

I plan to graduate in summer or autumn 2016. Would I be eligible for a 2016-17 EHE Scholarship?

Yes. If you are going to enroll during any semester of the 2016-17 academic school year (summer 2016, autumn 2016, or spring 2017) you are eligible for EHE scholarships. If you only plan to be enrolled for one semester your award may be altered to reflect your status but you would still be able to receive funding. Some money is better than no money at all.

I plan to apply for/enroll in a graduate program at OSU for the 2016-17 academic school year. Can I apply for EHE scholarships?

Yes. If you are currently an undergraduate student and are applying for an EHE graduate program for 2017-18, you can apply for EHE scholarships. You should complete the future graduate student scholarship application. When completing the application, please assume that you will graduate from your current institution and earn your degree.

Application Questions for Undergraduate Transfer Students

I plan to transfer to OSU for the 2017-18 academic school year. Can I apply for EHE scholarships? Which application should I complete?

If you plan to transfer to OSU and enroll in an EHE degree program for 2017-18 you are eligible to apply for EHE scholarships. You should complete the undergraduate transfer student application. If you are transferring to OSU from a regional campus for spring semester 2017 please complete the undergraduate transfer student scholarship application as you will not yet have the correct information to complete the current undergraduate application.

What is the difference between the priority deadline and the final deadline?

Applying by the priority deadline means you will be considered first for scholarship dollars, applying after means you will receive consideration only after those who applied by the priority deadline are considered. The final deadline is the last date we will accept any applications.

When will I be notified about my application status?

Notification will start in May and conclude by early June.

Application Questions for Future Graduate Students

I plan to apply for/enroll in a graduate program at OSU for the 2016-17 academic school year. Can I apply for EHE scholarships?

Yes. If you are currently an undergraduate student and are applying for an EHE graduate program for 2017-18 you can apply for EHE scholarships. You should complete the future graduate student scholarship application. While completing the application please assume you will graduate from your current institution and earn your degree.

I am an incoming graduate student looking for a graduate associate position. Does your office handle this process?

No. Graduate associate positions are handled by individual departments. Check with the department where you want a position for more information on a graduate associate role (how to apply, when decisions will be made, etc.). You also may want to search throughout OSU for other open graduate associate positions. Other departments outside of EHE may be hiring.

Application Questions for Current Graduate Students

I plan to graduate in spring semester 2017. Can I apply for 2017-18 EHE scholarships?

Unfortunately, no. The 2017-18 EHE scholarship application is only for those students who plan to enroll during the 2017-18 academic school year which is summer 2017, autumn 2017 and spring 2018.

I plan to graduate in summer or autumn 2017. Am I eligible for a 2017-18 EHE scholarship?

Yes. If you are going to enroll during any semester of the 2017-18 academic school year (summer 2017, autumn 2017 or spring 2018) you are eligible for EHE scholarships. If you only plan to be enrolled for one semester your award may be altered to reflect your status but you would still be able to receive funding. Some money is better than no money at all.

I am an incoming graduate student looking for a graduate associate position. Does your office handle this process?

No. Graduate associate positions are handled by individual departments. You should check with your faculty advisor or department chair for more information on a graduate associate position (how to apply, when decisions will be made, etc.). You also may want to search throughout OSU for other open graduate associate positions. Other departments outside of EHE may be hiring.

I am interested in applying for an EHE dissertation fellowship. Does your office handle the application process?

No. The EHE dissertation fellowship application process is handled by the EHE Office of Research. Your questions about dissertation research fellowships can be found there.