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Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) represents an estimate of what the College of Medicine, in cooperation with the University, has determined to be reasonable expenses that a student might incur while attending medical school for a specific academic year. The Cost of Attendance is significant because it determines the amount of total financial aid a student can receive for that academic year. The COA allowance for the current awarding year is available below for review. Please note that all budget components are subject to review and revision each year.


2015-2016 Cost of Attendance Breakdown.pdf2015-2016 Cost of Attendance Breakdown.pdf

Financial Aid Handbook for New Medical Students.pdfFinancial Aid Handbook for New Medical Students.pdf

​* Please note, the 2015-2016 Financial Aid year includes Summer Semester 2015 through Spring Semester of 2016. The Cost of Attendance and tuition/fee information for the upcoming 2016-2017 Financial Aid year will be posted once it is finalized by Ohio State University's Board of Trustees. 

* The Financial Aid Handbook will be updated for the new incoming class once all tuition, fees, and important dates are finalized. The financial aid process itself will not change; the information in the most recent version of the handbook (linked above) will serve as a helpful planning tool to students who will start in the Fall Semester of 2016 and complete the program in the Spring of 2020.


The Office of Student Financial Services strongly encourages students to create a written personal budget. By doing so, students will be able to determine if their expenses are greater or less than our estimated Cost of Attendance. Students should not assume that they will need the maximum level of funding allowed by the Cost of Attendance. A student's personal expenses such as housing, food, utilities, and other costs can only be considered for semesters that the student is actively enrolled at least half-time. If after completing a budget you determine that your expenses are greater than the standard Cost of Attendance, please email our office at medfinaid@osumc.edu. We can then discuss what options may be available for addressing your specific needs.  

Students who are non-Ohio residents do not benefit from the tuition subsidy funded by Ohio taxpayers. Non-residents may be reclassified as in-state students if the student can demonstrate that he/she meets the eligibility criteria. For more details on how to obtain Ohio residency, please visit the Registrar's residency web page. For the most current information on tuition & fees, please refer to the Tuition & Fee tables​ posted on the University Registrar's website.


Please note, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently changed the standards by which medical schools must report non-resident tuition. If you are researching the cost of medical school programs using the AAMC's site, please take note of this change. It may appear as though non-resident tuition was greatly increased between the 2013 and 2014 academic years. This is not the case. Prior to 2014, medical schools were permitted to report non-resident fees expensed over the four years of medical school. Starting in 2014, the AAMC has asked that the non-resident tuition be reported as though the student were a non-resident for their entire four years. It is very unusual that an Ohio State student would not have earned in-state status by their third year at the latest. The data as reported in compliance with these new guidelines can produce a misleading effect. This will impact all medical schools in the United States - not just Ohio State University.