Student Financial Aid

Financial Aid Award Guide 2014-2015

Frequently Asked Award Questions

  1. What can I do if I did not file the FAFSA?
  2. What if I need to correct information on my FAFSA?
  3. What if I believe I need more money than I was awarded?
  4. What if my aid does not appear on my Statement of Account?
  5. Is my financial aid taxable?
  6. How do I get aid again for next year?
  7. Where do I go for more information?

1) What can I do if I did not file the FAFSA?

You were not considered for federal, state, and most forms of institutional financial aid if you did not file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To request consideration for aid for the current year, see How to Apply for more information. If you have not filed the 2014-2015 FAFSA, you can still complete and submit this form as soon as possible, but no later than June 30, 2015, in order to be considered for federal financial aid beginning summer term, 2014. When you apply after your priority deadline, funds from certain programs, including scholarships, Federal SEOG, Federal Perkins Loan, and Federal Work-Study, will be awarded only on a funds-available basis. The priority application date is February 15.

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2) What if I need to correct information on my FAFSA?

Please see FAQ #4 under the "How to Apply" tab.

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3) What if I believe I need more money than I was awarded?

Please see FAQ #5 under the "How to Apply" tab.

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4) What if my aid does not appear on my Statement of Account?

Prior to ten days before the start of the term, check "Pending Financial Aid" under Student Accounts. Any aid displayed here for which you remain eligible will credit to your Statement of Account ten days before the first day of the term. You can check on the status of your financial aid online at your Student Center, accessible via Buckeye Link.

If you are not able to resolve your questions by these means, feel free to contact the Student Service Center directly to find out what you need to do.

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5) Is my financial aid taxable?

Please see FAQ #9 under the "How It Works" tab.

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6) How do I get aid again for next year?

Financial aid is awarded annually. You must apply each year. Enrolled undergraduates, graduate students, and professional students (in Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry, Veterinary Medicine, Law, and PHP Pharmacy) begin the application process by completing and submitting the following by the priority application date:

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. The preferred method of filing the FAFSA is through online submission from the U.S. Department of Education's FAFSA website at www.fafsa.ed.gov. If you would prefer to complete a paper FAFSA, please print a copy from the Department of Education's website. For assistance in filing the FAFSA, access studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/completing_fafsa/index.html.
  • The Scholarship Application: If you wish to be considered for special-eligibility and/or academic-based-only scholarships and Cooperative Scholarship Housing, see Applying for Scholarships for instructions and a link to the Application for Special Scholarships. See Important Dates for the priority application date.
  • Summer Aid: If you are an enrolled undergraduate or graduate student and you register for summer term, 2011, classes and have filed the 2014-2015 FAFSA, SFA will assume that you would like to receive financial aid for summer. No special application or notification to our office is required. Professional students will be awarded based on their college's academic schedule.
  • Remember! Be sure to apply by the priority application date! Some financial aid funds are limited, and late applicants will not be awarded most types of institutional aid unless funds are available. The amount of financial aid awarded may vary each year according to your need, the type of aid you are requesting, your academic performance, and available funding.

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7) Where do I go for more information?

Financial aid awards, Consortium Agreements, Statement of Account, aid disbursements (including outside scholarships and other aid), credit balance refunds, Tuition Option Payment Plan (TOPP):

Student Service Center

Visit us at: First Floor, Student Academic Services Building
281 West Lane Avenue
Columbus, Ohio
(614) 292-0300
Outside Columbus, (800) 678-6440

Office of Student Finanical Aid: sfa.osu.edu
Student Service Center: ssc.osu.edu
Office of the University Registrar: registrar.osu.edu
Office of the University Bursar: www.treasurer.ohio-state.edu/Bursar/default.aspx

State of Ohio Grant (OIG or OCOG) award:

Ohio Board of Regents
State Grants & Scholarships Department
30 E. Broad Street, 36th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-3414
(888) 833-1133
http://regents.ohio.gov/sgs

University Housing charges:

University Residences and Dining Services
350 Morrill Tower
1910 Cannon Drive
Columbus, OH 43210-1290
(614)292-8266
housing.osu.edu

Regional Campuses and ATI:

Lima: (419) 995-8147
Mansfield: (419) 755-4223 or (419) 755-4229
Marion: (740) 725-6389 or (740) 725-6337
Newark: (740) 366-9364
ATI: (330) 287-1214 or (800) 647-8283 (Ohio callers only)

 

This Award Guide does not contain information about every aid program that might appear on your Award. If you have questions about a program not mentioned here, please contact the Student Service Center.

 

First File the FAFSA