Helpful Parent and Guardian Information

As an Ohio State parent or guardian, you may have questions regarding your student’s financial account. Please note that your student is the owner of their Ohio State account and must authorize permission ahead of time, by completing a Student Information Release, before Ohio State can communicate with you regarding any financial account matters.

In addition to the Bursar FAQ page, below are common topics that may provide some additional guidance.
 

Student Information Release (SIR)

What is the Student Information Release (SIR)?

The Student Information Release page enables students to designate individuals and organizations to whom The Ohio State University can release information. The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) governs the release of educational records to third parties. By completing the Student Information Release students can ensure that Ohio State can discuss their information with others (such as parents, spouses and third parties) whom they wish to have access.

See step-by-step instructions.

How do I get on my student’s Information Release (SIR)?

Your student will have to complete the form on their My Buckeye Link page, including establishing a passcode for you. Work with your student to determine a code that you both will remember. The online form is quick, easy, and it takes less than five minutes to complete.

See step-by-step instructions.

I’m on my student’s SIR, but Ohio State won’t release any information to me. Why?

When your student completes the Student Information Release, they also select what type of information may be shared. Your information request may be related to data that your student has chosen to restrict. It would be best to ask your student directly for information you are not able to obtain.

What is the difference between a SIR authorization and being set up as a Guardian Payer?

Being on a student’s SIR allows for the release of information. Being set up as a Guardian Payer allows a person, outside of the student, to submit an electronic payment on a student’s behalf. Being a Guardian Payer does not grant SIR authorization.


Paying Tuition at Ohio State

When are fees due?

Please visit the Academic Calendar for due dates. Additionally, a PDF version of the 2018-2019 academic calendar is available on buckeyelink.osu.edu.

What payment methods are accepted?

Tuition and Fees can be paid in the following ways:

Electronic Check Payment (ACH)

This is the fastest and safest way to post a payment to your account.  This payment method is free when you utilize your bank account and bank routing number. 

Please note:  Debit cards are processed as credit cards and will be charged a 2.75% convenience fee or be rejected from processing by your financial institution.

 

Guardian ePay

The Guardian ePay functionality allows a student to permit parents, guardians, or others to make a payment to their tuition and fees account.

MAKE PAYMENT AS GUARDIAN

 

Mail a Payment

To mail a payment, please print a payment coupon from My Buckeye Link and include student name and OSU ID on the check. Please allow 1-2 weeks for processing:

Office of the University Bursar
The Ohio State University
PO Box 183248
Columbus OH 43218-3248

 

Credit Card Payments

The Office of the University Bursar accepts MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express for online payment of tuition and fees related charges. Students and guardians who choose to use this payment option will be charged a 2.75% non-refundable convenience fee by our vendor.

Please be aware that when paying by a credit card, any potential refunds may be credited back to the credit card. This includes any refunds generated from a financial aid disbursement, after a credit card payment is made. As a result, the use of gift cards, when making a payment, is discouraged.

 

Wire Transfers

For your convenience, a wire transfer form can be printed through My Buckeye Link.

 

College Savings Plan

Please provide your College Savings account administrator with the following mailing address:

Office of the University Bursar – 529 Plan
The Ohio State University
PO Box 183248
Columbus, OH 43218-3248

Each item should include the student’s name and OSU ID number.
We recommend contacting your College Savings account administrator to begin the withdrawal process at least 4-6 weeks before the fee payment deadline to ensure that the funds are received by our deadline date.

As of June 2011, The Ohio State University no longer invoices for all 529 plans including the following:

  • Florida Prepaid
  • Michigan Education Trust
  • Alabama Prepaid
  • College of Illinois
  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Kentucky Affordable Prepaid
  • Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan

Your 529 educational savings plan provider will accept a copy of your Statement of Account when you submit your request. All you need is to do is log into My Buckeye Link. Select the appropriate Term and click the Statement of Account link in the Finances frame of your personalized My Buckeye Link page.

Is there a payment plan available?

Yes. Please visit Tuition Option Payment Plan.

Where do I mail my personal or scholarship check payment?

To mail a payment, please print a payment coupon from My Buckeye Link and include student name and OSU ID on the check. 

Office of the University Bursar
The Ohio State University
PO Box 183248
Columbus OH 43218-3248

Where do I mail 529/College Savings Plan payments?

Please provide your College Savings account administrator with the following mailing address:

Office of the University Bursar – 529 Plan
The Ohio State University
PO Box 183248
Columbus, OH 43218-3248

Each item should include the student’s name and OSU ID number.
We recommend contacting your College Savings account administrator to begin the withdrawal process at least 4-6 weeks before the fee payment deadline to ensure that the funds are received by our deadline date.

As of June 2011, The Ohio State University no longer invoices for all 529 plans including the following:

  • Florida Prepaid
  • Michigan Education Trust
  • Alabama Prepaid
  • College of Illinois
  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Kentucky Affordable Prepaid
  • Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan

Your 529 educational savings plan provider will accept a copy of your Statement of Account when you submit your request. All you need is to do is log into My Buckeye Link. Select the appropriate Term and click the Statement of Account link in the Finances frame of your personalized My Buckeye Link page.

How do I make an electronic payment toward my student’s account?

The Guardian ePay functionality allows a student to permit parents, guardians, or others to make a payment to their tuition and fees account.

See step-by-step instructions.

MAKE PAYMENT AS GUARDIAN

Why haven’t I received a tuition bill from Ohio State?

Ohio State does not mail bills. Approximately 4-6 weeks before the start of a new semester, students may review their Statement of Account online to review tuition charges, financial aid, and payment information. The Statement of Account functions as a bill, informing of any balance due, and is the official financial record for the university.

Students may view the Statement of Account by:

  1. Go to buckeyelink.osu.edu
  2. Click on the Statement of Account task located in Payments and Refunds
  3. Select the term.

You may need to disable your pop-up blocker on your browser or phone to view your Statement of Account.

For questions about the Statement of Account, please contact Buckeye Link via email at buckeyelink@osu.edu or via phone at 614-292-0300.

Where can I find an explanation of the fees reflected on the Statement of Account?

Please visit Fees Explanation


Form 1098-T, Tuition Statement

When does Ohio State issue Form 1098-T?

1098-Ts are made available to students by January 31st. Students will receive an email to their osu.edu address when the form is available. Once issued, students may access the 1098-T form online through My Buckeye Link.

Additional information about Form 1098-T may be found on the Bursar FAQ page.

 

PLUS Loan Refunds Back to Parent Borrower

I’m expecting a refund from the PLUS loan. When will I receive it?

PLUS loan refunds back to the parent borrower are issued via check. We begin processing check refunds on the first day of classes for a term. Please allow up to 15 business days to receive.

 

Buckeye Link

What is Buckeye Link?

Buckeye Link assists students and parents looking to take care of the business of being a Buckeye! Can’t find what you need online? Stop in, call or email Buckeye Link, located in the Student Academic Services Building on Lane Avenue for help with the Statement of Accountfinancial aid, tuition payment options, registration challenges and more.

You may also visit buckeyelink.osu.edu for information and important announcements.

Buckeye Link Contact Information
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Email: buckeyelink@osu.edu
Phone: 614-292-0300
Fax: 614-292-5587


Student Academic Services Bldg., Lobby
281 W. Lane Ave
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

 

Payment Notice

Tuition for Autumn Semester 2018 is due August 14, 2018.

Due dates for TOPP in Autumn 2018 will be August 14, September 14, October 14, and November 14.