Jennifer Smola The Columbus Dispatch @jennsmola
Ohio State University hopes a new initiative will make attending the state’s flagship university more manageable next year for low- and moderate-income students.
The university announced Tuesday that it will provide financial aid to completely cover tuition and mandatory-fee costs for its neediest students.
The program, which will go into effect on the main campus only with the 2018-2019 school year, will ensure that all in-state students who qualify for Pell grants — federal aid for low-income college students — will receive an aid package from the university that covers any tuition and fees that remain after federal aid, Ohio College Opportunity Grants and other gift aid has been applied.
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Ohio State estimates it will spend more than $11 million each year to help about 3,500 in-state students. The current …