Scholarships & Financial Aid

The two primary sources of financial aid for undergraduate students include university-level scholarships, grants, and work-study and Knowlton School scholarships.

University Scholarships, Grants, Loans, and Work-study

Knowlton undergraduate students receive a variety of financial support. The amount and kind of support varies by degree program and student. The primary sources of financial aid are scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study.

Applicants who wish to be considered for university administered scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study should refer to Student Financial Aid.

The university priority deadline for filing the FAFSA and the Ohio State Special Scholarships Application is February 1.

Knowlton School Scholarships

In addition to university-administered financial aid, the Knowlton School awards scholarships to incoming and current students on the basis of academic record, diversity, and financial need.

There is not a specific application for Knowlton School scholarships but students are encouraged to submit Ohio State's Special Scholarship Application and the FAFSA by the University's stated priority deadlines.

The Knowlton Access Fund has been established to support initiatives that actively contribute to a more diverse and inclusive student body. The fund provides emergency or interim financial assistance to students who face unforeseen expenses or who lack resources to meet expenses after exhausting other forms of financial aid.

Knowlton School Endowed Scholarships

Endowed scholarships are awarded annually. Faculty in each section review candidates at the close of each academic year and select recipients based on specific scholarship criteria, academic performance, and/or financial need. All active Knowlton students in good academic standing are reviewed for awards. Although no application is required and students cannot apply directly to specific scholarships, students are encouraged to submit the FAFSA by the university's priority deadline of February 1.

Student recipients are typically notified in late July of awards for the upcoming academic year. Many of the scholarships are one-time awards; some awards may be renewed.

See a full list of Knowlton's Endowed Scholarships.

Travel Scholarships

Travel scholarships may be available to students who participate in Knowlton-based travel programs. Interested students should consult with the faculty director of the program in which they desire to participate to learn about funding options. Travel scholarships are applied to a student’s account for the term in which the program’s credits are earned.

Learn more about Knowlton's travel courses

Learn more about the ARTA Program

Architecture Research Travel Awards

The Knowlton School's Architecture Research Travel Awards (ARTA) program was established to encourage independent travel and research initiatives of up to 30 days by Knowlton students from all degree programs. The ARTA program is made possible by generous support from the Columbus Foundation. In the fall semester following completion of their projects, ARTA winners present their work at the School.

In order to qualify for participation in the program, students must be a US citizen and be able to provide 25 percent matching funds for their travel. Students also must make a public presentation at the school about their summer research experience during the fall semester following their travels.

For additional travel funding, see the Office of International Affairs' Undergraduate Student Grants and Scholarships.

Jessica Baer-Graves
Student Services Manager