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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Matching Tuition Fee Award Program

Faculty or graduate students who are submitting external grants that do not cover tuition and fees may be eligible to apply for the Graduate School’s Matching Tuition and Fee Award Program (MTFA). Not all requests can be funded, therefore all requests must be prioritized by the college and submitted with a letter of support.

Note, beginning in 2020 the graduate school will only approve requests for external grants that do not permit tuition and fees to be charged. Thus, the college will no longer support requests which do not fit this eligibility criteria.

Eligible requests will be prioritized as follows, based on criteria from the graduate school:

  1. External training grants, or equivalent, that are designed and intended to support graduate students as the major component of the budget;
  2. External grants that provide funding to enhance the diversity of the Ohio State graduate student body and increase the numbers of students that represent diversification of that program;
  3. External grants that support interdisciplinary graduate student efforts, such as interdisciplinary graduate programs or experiential capstone experiences as a part of course initiatives;
  4. External grants that align with larger or other university initiatives that increase the quality or quantity of graduate students.


Process to submit a request

Prior to submitting your external grant, the PI should submit a request to the college via our online form, requesting consideration for a MTFA. Once your request is submitted, we will notify you within a week for further information to determine whether your request meets the eligibility guidelines. If approved by the college, we will work with you to write a letter of support which must be uploaded to the pre-approval request. These requests are officially submitted by the PI to the Graduate School via the nomination system.

Creating a pre-approval request
Instructions for Nomination System

All requests must include:

  1. Priority statement from the college
  2. Proposed budget
  3. Award Announcement, Request for Proposal, or Grant Overview with the funding agency’s policy on tuition and fees (limit of 10 pages)

If you have questions, please contact Kayla Arnold who manages requests for CFAES.


Request a letter of support from the college

Access the MTFA System