Optometry students chatting in a clinic study space

Financial Information

Application/Acceptance Fees & Deposits

  • OptomCAS application fee
  • Ohio State Optometry supplemental application fee: $60 domestic; $70 international
  • Acceptance fee*: $25
  • Tuition deposit*: $725

* If admitted before December 1, the deposit is due within one month of being admitted.  If admitted December 1 – January 31, the deposit is due within three weeks of admission.  If admitted anytime on or after February 1, the deposit is due within two weeks of admission.  Neither the application fee nor the acceptance fee is refundable. Your tuition deposit will be credited towards tuition for the first semester.

Cost and Financial Aid

The amounts below are based on the estimated cost of attendance for an average Optometry student at The Ohio State University for the current year. All domestic students are eligible to apply for Federal Student loans to help cover these costs by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) found at studentaid.gov. All applicants, both domestic and international, will also be considered for admissions scholarships based on their application and interview. 

Estimated Cost for the 2024 – 2025 Academic year

Out-of-State Residents

We are aware that the tuition burden experienced by out-of-state students makes attendance at The Ohio State University a difficult financial decision for them.  Therefore, the college has been working with the university to eliminate the financial uncertainty and the numerous steps necessary to establish residency in Ohio. 

Starting in Autumn 2020, The Ohio State University Board of Trustees has officially approved a new Non-Resident Tuition model for out-of-state optometry students. After successful completion of the first year, which will incur the standard $21,056 nonresident fee, out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $5.00 nonresident fee per semester for years 2-4 of the program.  This change will eliminate the work and stress associated with the process of establishing Ohio residency and establishes a more certain financial obligation over our four-year program. Students eligible for in-state residency for their first year according to the Ohio State Residency guidelines under dependent status, may still apply.


Required of any student wishing to park a car on Ohio State Columbus grounds. For 2023-2024 the cost is $469 for central campus. Options are also available for off-site parking with campus bus service (reduced cost) and garage access (increased cost).

Room and board

The majority of Optometry students take advantage of the many off-campus housing options near campus. On-campus housing is also conveniently located just across the street from our facilities.