Student Financial Aid

How to Keep Your Financial Aid Award

Rights & Responsibilities


  • Information you give to the Student Financial Aid will be treated confidentially.
  • If you have returned your application materials by the priority deadline, you will be considered for every requested financial aid program for which you may be eligible and for which there are available funds. Students who do not meet the priority deadline dates will not be considered for university-administered funds, including scholarships, institutional grants, FSEOG, FWS, and Perkins loans, unless there are funds remaining.
  • You have the right to certain student consumer information. Please see Student Consumer Information for links to required information online.
  • You may appeal Ohio State's financial aid award if you feel circumstances warrant it.
  • You may also have your financial need reviewed through an appeal process if your circumstances change during the academic year. Contact the Student Financial Aid (SFA) if you feel your calculated financial need should be reviewed. Appeal forms are available online.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the SSC or your regional campus or ATI financial aid administrator.


  • If required, you must register with the Selective Service System.
  • You (and your parent or spouse, where appropriate) must confirm the accuracy of the information you provide. Information found to be incorrect may serve as the basis for increase, decrease, or cancellation of aid. Information found to be knowingly falsified may result in disciplinary action or referral to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General.
  • If your application for financial aid (Federal Pell Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National SMART Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work-Study, Federal Direct Loans, Health Professions Student Loan, State of Ohio Instructional Grant and Ohio College Opportunity Grant) is required to be verified, you will need to submit, upon request of the Student Financial Aid, federal income tax return copies and other required documents. Keep copies of all forms and documents submitted!
  • You must report to us any additional financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans, including graduate or undergraduate assistantships or fellowships, and other educational or tuition assistance); student athletes must also report employment; use the Report Your Changes form or e-mail us at from your Ohio State e-mail account.
  • If you owe money from a prior overaward of federal funds, you must repay it. You are not eligible for financial aid if you owe money from federal funds to any institution. You may not use federal aid to repay any funds owed to the federal programs.
  • You must meet Ohio State's standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid eligibility.
  • You must repay all loans according to your established payment schedule. You are not eligible for financial aid if you are in default on any federal loans for attendance at any institution. Federal loans include National Direct or National Defense Student Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, Health Professions Student Loan, Nursing Student Loan, Federal Stafford Loan, Federal Direct Stafford Loans, Federal Graduate PLUS Loan, and Federal Parent PLUS Loan.
  • You must complete and return all required promissory notes and acceptance forms.
  • You must meet other conditions listed in the Financial Aid Award Guide and explained elsewhere on this web site.
  • You must activate your university Ohio State e-mail account and check your financial aid status, accessible via Buckeye Link, regularly.
  • If you communicate with our office via e-mail, you must use your Ohio State e-mail account to request and receive information about your financial aid.


First File the FAFSA