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*: $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.


The estimated cost for the first year of optometry school for an Ohio resident in the College of Optometry includes these expenses (Academic Year 2021-2022):


  • Tuition: $26,936
  • General Fees: $2,117
  • Academic Expenses: $5,935 (this includes books, instruments, vaccinations and immunizations. Some instruments from the second year of optometry school are included)
  • Available Funds for Living Expenses: $17,585

  • Total Aid Available: $52,573

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.


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 2021-2022 are around $535.


Required of any student wishing to park a car on Ohio State Columbus grounds. For 2021-2022 the cost is $427 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.