The Degree Completion Program
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The Degree Completion Program was established at The Ohio State University in 1994 under the direction of the Department of Athletics. At the time it was called the Outreach Education Program and since its inception, 139 former student-athletes have participated in this nationally recognized program. The ultimate goal of the Degree Completion Program is to provide academic and tuition support to former Ohio State student-athletes who left the university without completing their degrees. This program permits them to complete their undergraduate coursework and graduate.
In order to participate in the Degree Completion Program (DCP), the following requirements must be met:
Individuals in the program are evaluated quarterly with regard to their academic performance and community service/work requirement.
- Applicants must be a former Ohio State student-athlete who received an athletic grant-in-aid, has exhausted their eligibility, and did not graduate;
- Applicant must have a 2.00 cumulative grade point average;
- Applicant must be within 45 quarter-degree hours of graduation;
- Applicant must complete a written application;
- Applicant must provide an academic plan approved by their college academic advisor of their remaining courses;
- Applicant must schedule community service and/or work hours during the quarter.
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The Degree Completion Program provides assistance with re-enrollment into Ohio State, tuition, tutoring services, and academic counseling.
Former student-athletes admitted to the DCP must volunteer their time in order to offset their quarterly tuition compensation. Community Service/Outreach opportunities may also include: Community Connection provided by Ohio State, speaking at local schools/churches, proctoring study table/computer lab, and working in various units of the Department of Athletics.