STEP 1 File the ​FAFSA.

Submit your FAFSA by the priority date for maximum aid consideration. Include The Ohio State University's school code: 003090. ​

The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the first step each year if you wish to be considered for any type of federal or state aid and most institutional aid (including some scholarships). The FAFSA is available on October 1 each year and The Ohio State University has a priority date. You can still submit your FAFSA after that date, but be aware that filing earlier will maximize your potential for aid consideration.

Read about the scholarships, grants, loans and part-time employment programs offered at Ohio State.

Read about how we determine aid eligibility.

Important tips:

  • Include The Ohio State University's school code: 003090. ​In order to have your FAFSA data sent to Ohio State, this code must be included on the FAFSA.

  • File the FAFSA every year you plan to attend.

Collect these items before filling out the FAFSA:

  1. Your FSA ID username and password. Students, parents and borrowers are required to create an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing financial aid information and electronically signing federal student aid documents. Learn how to create an FSA ID.

  2. If you have filed taxes, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool option to transfer IRS data directly into your FAFSA. The tool will ask you to log in by providing your name and other information exactly as you provided it on your tax return. 

    • If you (or your parents) are married and filed taxes separately, or you filed an amended or foreign return, you cannot use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool​.


STEP 2: Review your Student Aid Report (SAR).

After you submit your FAFSA, the U.S. Department of Education will send you a Student Aid Report (SAR), which is a summary of the FAFSA data you submitted and includes your Expected Family Contribution (EFC)​. Ohio State uses the SAR to calculate the aid it can offer you.

STEP 3: Watch for your financial aid offer from Ohio State.

If you are eligible for financial aid, you will receive an aid notification email (end of March for incoming freshmen, late May for continuing students).​ ​Check your university email account for your aid notification email; follow the instructions to review your package. Keep your contact information current via​.​

If there are significant changes in your family's financial situation after you have completed the FAFSA, Ohio State may be able to re-evaluate your Expected Family Contribution. Download the Expected Family Contribution Appeal for more information. Note that appeals require the signature of a staff member from Buckeye Link, 281 W. Lane Ave.

STEP 4​: Have you been selected for verification?

Verification is a process in which Ohio State confirms the accuracy of information provided on the FAFSA. Verification is a federally mandated program to ensure accuracy in the administration of federal financial aid.

  • ​If you are selected for verification, Ohio State will notify you via your university email address.

  • Submit the requested items promptly (within 45 days) or risk losing consideration for some financial aid programs. ​

  • If you are required to provide your taxes, you can update your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (see step 1 above for more information). If you are unable to use the Data Retrieval Tool you must provide an official IRS tax transcript. Due to federal requlations, Ohio State cannot accept personal copies of tax returns. To get an official tax transcript:

    • Visit to request a transcript online or by mail. Make sure to request an "IRS Tax Return Transcript."  The "IRS Tax Account Transcript" can not be used for verification purposes.  

    • Call 1-800-908-9946

    • Submit IRS Form 4506T-EZ or IRS Form 4506-T

      For more information, go to

How verification works

  • Requested items needed for verification will be listed in the To Do List task of​

  • All of your federal and need-based aid will be on hold until verification is complete.

  • Once verification is complete, your To Do List will be updated.

  • Student Financial Aid may adjust your financial aid package based on the results that were determined through the verification process. ​​