Financial Information

Cost of a year's work

These estimates are meant to provide a guideline for students planning to enroll at The Ohio State University College of Optometry:

Application/Acceptance Fees & Deposits:

  • OptomCAS application fee
  • Ohio State Optometry supplemental application fee: $60 domestic; $70 international
  • Acceptance fee*: $25
  • Tuition deposit*: $475
    * If admitted before January 1, the deposit is due within one month of being admitted.  If admitted January 1 – February 28, the deposit is due within three weeks of admission.  If admitted anytime on or after March 1, the deposit is due within two weeks of admission.  Neither the application fee nor the acceptance fee is refundable. A portion of this fee will be credited towards tuition for the first semester.


The estimated cost for the first year of optometry school for an Ohio resident in the College of Optometry includes these expenses (Academic Year 2017-2018):


  • Tuition: $25,896
  • General Fees: $2,102
  • Academic Expenses: $5,375 (this includes books, instruments, vaccinations and immunizations. Some instruments from the second year of optometry school are included)
  • Available Funds for Living Expenses: $17,965

  • Total Aid Available: $51,338

Tuition/University fees

Non-Ohio resident students pay an additional $21,056 during their first year of attendance. Non-Ohio residents do not benefit from the tuition subsidy funded by Ohio tax payers. Non-residents may apply for in-state residency if they meet any of the Ohio Board of Regents guidelines. Typically, out-of-state students must reside in Ohio for twelve consecutive months before being eligible for in-state residency. Please consult the College of Optometry should you have any general questions related to residency establishment.


Students should not purchase textbooks until they have been advised by their instructors during first year orientation. On average, book costs for the first year of optometry school in 2017-2018 are around $355.


Required of any student wishing to park a car on Ohio State Columbus grounds. For 2017-2018 the cost is $345 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

There are many housing options for students looking to attend the College of Optometry. On-campus housing is conveniently located just across the street from our facilities. Additionally, there are many options for off-campus housing.

Information on gaining in-state residency status

Applicants from other states are subject to non-resident tuition during the first year of attendance. If the necessary conditions are met, it is highly likely that Ohio residency will be established after one year, or immediately if certain other conditions are met. (This is applicable to U.S. citizens only). Please contact the Office of the University Registrar at 614-292-9330 for more information on residency.