PhD Tuition

PhD Tuition and Fees

We know that program cost is a crucial consideration and have estimates to share with you. Please be aware that, while the included figures are based on the most accurate information available, they are estimates only and are subject to change at any time. These estimates may not apply to individual students with unique educational paths. Our goal is to provide a snapshot of what you may be able to expect. 

Exact amounts of current tuition and fees can be found in detail on Ohio State’s University Registrar website. You will pay tuition and fees each semester you are enrolled in the program, based on:

  • The number of credit hours you are completing
  • Whether you are enrolled as a part-time or full-time student
  • If you pursue a specialty certification

A graduate student is charged the full-time rate if they are enrolled in eight (8) credit hours or more per term. The figures below are based on full-time, on-campus enrollment for a single semester, however, the cost of enrollment for one (1) to seven (7) credit hours would be prorated based off of the hours of enrollment.

Ohio resident by semester $9,682
Non-Ohio resident by semester $22,982

For more information, please visit the following resources:

  • Sample curriculum
  • On-campus fees (Fees explanation)
    • Instructional fee
    • General fee
    • Learning tech fee
    • Nursing program fee
    • Student activity fee
    • Recreational fee
    • COTA fee
    • Student Union fee
    • Non-resident surcharge (for non-Ohio residents)

Should you have any specific questions regarding cost and financial counsel, please reach out to the Student Financial Aid Office for assistance.


Financial Aid and Scholarships

As a student in the PhD program, you are eligible to apply for financial aid. Please visit the Student Financial Aid Office website to learn more about the options available.

Scholarships offered through the College of Nursing are made available for application each spring semester. Thanks in large part to generous private donors, the College of Nursing has a number of scholarships available. Continuing students are invited to submit the scholarship application to be considered for need-based and/or merit-based scholarships. These funds are limited and preference is given to full-time students who are continuously enrolled.

Doctoral students are also eligible to apply for funds (pending availability) through the Nursing Faculty Loan Program (NFLP). The NFLP is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and is designed to increase the number of nursing faculty across the country. If you intend on working as a full-time faculty member at an accredited college or university after graduation, this program provides loan principle and interest forgiveness benefits of up to 85 percent. As a student enrolled in a doctoral program at the College of Nursing, you can apply for loans up to $35,500 annually for a maximum of five years. If you are a current student and interested in applying for these funds, learn more here.

Portia Zaire, student
Portia Zaire, student

“The PhD program has completely changed the way I think about my role in healthcare. I am gaining the tools, skills, and resources needed to generate new knowledge to improve outcomes for underserved communities.”