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Admission and financial review

Admission notification and recommendation

Once your application has been reviewed, you will be notified of an academic decision.

If you are recommended for admission, Graduate and Professional Admissions will take one of the following steps:

  • If you are fully funded by Ohio State, we will review your funding and passport, finalize your admission, and issue your student visa.
  • If you are not fully funded, we will ask for a copy of your passport (if not previously submitted) and the Affidavit of Support to begin your financial review (read more about this requirement below). You must pass this review before we can finalize your admission and issue your student visa.

The financial review

Admitted international students who are not fully sponsored by Ohio State are required by law to show clear evidence that they have sufficient funding to pay for all tuition and living expenses while at the university. Funds may come from the student, the family and sponsors.

  • If your program recommends you for admission, Graduate and Professional Admissions will send you an Affidavit of Financial Support form to complete.
  • On the affidavit, you’ll be asked to identify where your financial support is coming from, and you’ll be asked to provide proof of this support in the form of financial documents (bank statements, etc.). You are required by law to provide these documents before we can issue a student visa.

The passport, affidavit form and financial documents can be submitted to Ohio State using the Admissions Uploader.

Once you have successfully completed your financial review, Ohio State will issue to you a Certificate of Eligibility (form I-20 for the F-1 Student Visa, or form DS-2019 for the J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa). Learn more about visa eligibility.

Funding your education

Learn more about funding your graduate study.