There are many options available to students to help fund an SMF education, ranging from part-time jobs to scholarships, fellowships, and federal and personal loans.


The total cost of enrollment in the Fisher SMF program is determined by the student's residency status. Approximate tuition and fees are based on the 2018-­2019 academic year and are subject to change. To see the University Registrar's complete tuition and fee schedule, please click here.

Annual Ohio Resident Tuition and Fees* $56,651
Annual Non-Resident and International Student Tuition and Fees* $56,661

*Includes the following: General Tuition & Instruction, Student Activity Fee, Student Union Fee, Recreation Fee, Learning-Technology Fee, COTA Bus Fee. 


  • Estimated Annual Expenses
    Room and Board $12,142
    Books and Supplies $1,234
    Miscellaneous / Personal $5,486
    Student Health Insurance* ( $2,994
    * The amount listed above is for a single domestic student with comprehensive coverage. Student health insurance is optional in certain cases.  
    Total Ohio Resident Estimated Cost of Attendance $78,507
    Total Non-Resident & International Student Estimated Cost of Attendance $78,517




  • Merit Scholarships

    Merit Scholarships: All admitted applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships; a scholarship application is not required. Recipients are notified prior to their admissions response deadlines.

  • Graduate Assistantships

    Graduate Assistantships: Graduate Assistant appointments are for 10 hours per week, provide 50% tuition waiver, and a monthly stipend. All admitted applicants are automatically considered for the two GA appointments available each year; an application is not required. Recipients are notified prior to their admissions response deadlines.


Fisher College of Business nominates its strongest SMF degree candidates for The Ohio State University’s fellowship programs. These fellowships provide a full waiver of tuition and general fees, plus a monthly stipend. The application deadlines for fellowship nominations are much earlier than all other application deadlines - apply early if you wish to be considered for nomination.



Federal loan programs provide a primary source of financial aid to domestic graduate business students. To be eligible to apply for federal financial aid, a student must be admitted to the SMF program, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, be enrolled full-time for each semester that aid is received, and be in good scholastic standing (3.0 or better grade point average).


  • Federal Stafford Loan

    Federal Stafford Loan: The Federal Stafford Student Loan program is divided into two types: subsidized and unsubsidized. The maximum amount a student can borrow in one academic year is $18,500.

    • Subsidized Portion: Based on financial need. The federal government pays interest on the subsidized portion, while the student is in school at least half time and for six months after the student leaves school. The maximum subsidized loan is $8,500.
    • Unsubsidized Portion: Not based on financial need. Interest begins to accrue on the loan when the funds are disbursed to the student. The maximum unsubsidized loan amount is $18,500 minus any subsidized amounts.
  • Federal Perkins Loan

    Federal Perkins Loan: Funds for the Federal Perkins Loan program are provided by the federal government, and are limited to full-time second year students only. Students may be eligible to borrow up to $6,000 in one year. The loan is based on financial need and is designated for exceptionally needy students. No interest accrues on the loan while the student is enrolled.

  • Direct PLUS Loan

    Direct PLUS Loan: Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is a federal loan available to graduate and professional students based on educational costs. This loan, in combination with other aid, cannot exceed educational costs as determined by Ohio State.

  • Alternative Loans

    Alternative Loans: Credit-based loans funded by various lenders. These funds are often used to supplement the Federal Stafford loan program. Interest rates vary, are adjusted quarterly, and are higher than the federal loan program. Repayment of principle and interest begins six months after leaving school. Students with adverse credit standing will be required to have a cosigner.


Most loan programs require U.S. citizen co-signers. However, the two funding sources listed below do not require U.S.-based co-signers. We offer this information to prospective students with no endorsement implied or expressly stated by The Ohio State University or Fisher College of Business.