Student Financial Aid

How To Apply for Financial Aid

Important Dates and Deadlines

Priority Application Dates

Students who meet the priority application date will be considered for every requested financial aid program for which they may be eligible and for which there are available funds. Students who do not meet the priority application dates will not be considered for university-administered funds, including scholarships, institutional grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work-Study, and Federal Perkins Loan, unless there are funds remaining. You can file the FAFSA even if your taxes are not completed. Use estimates and apply by the priority date. Make your corrections after you file your tax return.

Whether you apply electronically or by mail, your FAFSA must be received by the federal processor (do not mail or hand-deliver your FAFSA to our office) by your priority application date for full consideration for aid. Ohio State must have a valid EFC for you no later than the last day of spring semester to award you any aid for the year, although the FAFSA may technically be filed until June 30, 2016 for the 2015-2016 school year. We strongly suggest, therefore, that you file your FAFSA as early as possible, and no later than April 1, 2016.

Please note: All necessary signatures, both student and parent, must be submitted on the FAFSA when it is initially filed. Failure to do so could cause your FAFSA to be completed after your priority application date.


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Entering Freshmen
2015-2016 Award Year
Application Available Date Priority Application Date

Application for Special Scholarships 2015-2016

  • Columbus Campus Freshmen
  • Regional Campus and ATI Freshmen

August, 2014


  • February 15, 2015
  • February 15, 2015
  • February 1, 2015

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (2015-2016 FAFSA)

  • Columbus Campus
  • Regional Campuses and ATI

January 1, 2015


  • February 15, 20151
  • February 15, 20151

It is important to apply by your priority date, even if it means estimating the income information reported on your FAFSA. If you're selected for verification, additional deadlines apply to you.

1Missed the FAFSA Priority Date?

You can still apply for the following programs. File the FAFSA by the indicated date.


Applying for Summer Term Aid

SFA assumes that you would like to receive financial aid if you enroll for summer term. No special application or notification to our office is required. If you are an enrolled undergraduate or graduate student registered for summer term and have filed the 2015-2016 FAFSA, we will award you accordingly. Awarding will begin in late March.

If you are registered for summer, but do NOT want aid for summer term, please contact our office.

Professional students will be awarded based on their colleges' academic schedules.

Award Notification

If you meet your application deadline and respond on time to any request for documentation, you should receive your Financial Aid Award Notification by early spring for freshmen and late spring for transfer and continuing students.

Fee Payment Deadlines

See the University Calendar on the Office of the University Registrar's site for the most current list of fee payment deadline dates.


First File the FAFSA