Office of Student Life

Mental Health Care Grant


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 emergency funding one time and documentation (medical bills, receipts, invoices, etc. from January 2024 to the current date) is required to be considered for an award.  


  • Currently enrolled (Summer 24 semester) in at least 3 credit hours in a degree granting program
  • Students on all campuses are eligible to apply,
  • Any rank - undergrad, grad, and professional students 
  • Tuition must be paid for the term (students cannot have an outstanding/overdue balance). 
  • A current FAFSA is not required to apply.
  • Priority given to students in good academic standing (2.0 undergrad, 3.0 grad & prof) and meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards. 
  • Maximum award is $2,000.
  • Application must include documentation clearly showing both the student's name and the exact cost of the expense(s).  
  • Students enrolled in non-degree granting programs (such as Continuing Education) are NOT eligible.   
  • Students may only receive an award one time
  • All eligible treatment/services must be in the year 2024, we are unable to consider bills from 2023 or before.  



  • Intensive treatment programs (IOP, PHP)
  • Costs associated with in-patient hospitalizations 
  • Counseling/therapy sessions 
  • Student Health Insurance premium—in order to receive mental health treatment 
  • Therapy or Psychiatry co-pays
  • Medications 
  • Transportation costs to medical appointments/treatment 
  • Childcare costs associated with attending counseling/therapy sessions 


  1. Application  Please complete the Mental Health Emergency 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 you are 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.




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.