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Critical Difference for Women

Re-entry Scholarships


The Critical Difference for Women Re-Entry Scholarship was created over 30 years ago to support women returning to OSU after interrupting their education due to unforeseen circumstances or hardships. Women who have interrupted their education, at any level, for at least two years and who intend to earn a degree at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional school level may be eligible. Award amounts vary. Funds can be used for tuition, books, child care, or other related educational expenses.


Women who:

  • Interrupted their education for a minimum of two years
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Enrolled or intend to enroll in a degree program (undergraduate, graduate, or professional) at Ohio State's main or regional campuses
  • Preference given to those who are enrolled half-time or more

Selection Criteria

  • Financial need
  • Educational goals and potential for reaching those goals
  • Academic record


Please be aware of the following important dates if you intend to apply for a CDW Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year:

  • The 2018-2019 FAFSA is now available as of October 1, 2017
  • February 1, 2018 is Ohio State’s priority deadline for FAFSA and Special Scholarship Application. 
  • You must complete both the FAFSA and Special Scholarship Application on-line by February 1, 2018 to be considered for the Critical Difference for Women Scholarship.
  • Link to the FAFSA and Scholarship Application
    • Use your 2016 federal income taxes
    • Ohio State’s FAFSA Code: 003090

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Note: The awards process can take up to FOUR months to complete. Students will be notified by Student Financial Aid, typically in late June, if they have received a scholarship for the upcoming academic year.

Scholarship Questions

Contact: Student Financial Aid
Phone: (614) 292-0300; Toll-free: (800) 678-6440,
 E-mail: buckeyelink@osu.edu