Office of Student Life

Student Advocacy Center

Mental Health Care Grant


This fund helps make mental health services more accessible and can alleviate some of the financial barriers and stress of receiving treatment.  Students may only be awarded funding one time and documentation (medical bills, receipts, invoices, etc.) is required to be considered for an award. 

We are only able to accept applications from currently enrolled (Autumn 2023) students at this time. 


  • Currently enrolled in at least 3 credit hours (undergraduate and graduate/professional).
  • Student must have a current FAFSA on file and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of less than $15,000).
  • Applicants must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements to receive financial aid.
  • The student must have room in their financial aid budget (unmet need in their Cost of Attendance).  
  • Maximum award is $1,500.
  • Application must include documentation clearly showing both the student's name and the exact cost of the expense(s).
  • Students enrolled in online-only and non-degree granting programs (such as Continuing Education) are NOT eligible for funding.
  • Students attending any OSU campus may apply.
  • Students may only receive emergency funding one time.  



  • Intensive treatment programs (IOP, PHP) 
  • Counseling/therapy sessions 
  • Student health insurance premium—in order to receive mental health treatment 
  • Co-pays
  • Medications 
  • Transportation costs to medical appointments/treatment 
  • Childcare costs associated with attending counseling/therapy sessions 


  1. Application Please complete the Mental Health Care Grant Application and submit all appropriate documentation. 
  2. Award Decision Our team will review the application and contact the student via their OSU e-mail account, typically within 3-5 business days. If approved, the message will also include how much funding will be awarded. Students will be notified regardless of outcome. 
  3. Payment  The university works diligently to process funding as quickly as possible. Awards will be applied directly to the student’s Statement of Account.  If the student is not already signed up for direct deposit, please follow instructions listed here
  4. Financial Education Training To help prevent financial emergencies in the future, Ohio State is committed to providing all students with the opportunity for free financial coaching from Scarlet and Gray Financial at the Student Life Student Wellness Center.  All recipients of emergency funding are expected to attend training after their immediate emergency is resolved.  To learn more and to schedule your financial coaching appointment, please visit this link.

You can find the form to apply here.



Information submitted will be used to determine eligibility. It may be shared with other university offices that have a need to know for purposes of reviewing and processing this request, and/or to comply with university policy or law. 


For more information about student emergency funding, contact the Student Life Student Advocacy Center by e-mail or by phone (614) 292-1111.