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Financial aid checklist

 Becoming part of the 80% of OSU students who receive scholarships and financial aid is as easy as 1-2-3.

1. Apply for admission

When you apply to OSU, you're automatically applying for scholarships as well. Apply by November 1 for Early Scholarship Opportunities or February 1 to be considered for all available awards.

  • OSU application
  • Freshman scholarships
  • 2. Complete the FAFSA

    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens October 1 for the following school year. OSU's school code is 003170. Certain funding is limited and earliest applicants receive priority. We encourage all students to complete the FAFSA regardless of financial circumstances.

  • FAFSA website
  • Step-by-step guide
  • 3. Stay connected

    Some items need follow-up action from you for your aid to be processed. Make sure you check for updates in these places.

  • Activate your O-Key account
  • Check your financial aid status
  • Check your OSU email account
  • Contact us if you need help
  • Scholarship deadlines

    • Dec. 1-Competitive scholarship awarding begins

      Due to the current circumstances of COVID-19 and the challenges with standardized testing, we are extending our scholarship deadline to Feb. 1 for all students. However, we will begin awarding some competitive scholarships as early as December, so we encourage you to submit your application materials (including test scores) as early as they are available for consideration. Make sure you've also submitted the FAFSA with OSU's school code of 003170. 

    • Feb 1-Priority scholarship deadline

      Applications received after February 1 may not be considered for all scholarship programs and will be considered only if funds remain. Make sure you have sent a new transcript from your high school showing your Fall grades. Keep an eye on your for updates. 

    • May 1-National College Decision Date

      Some scholarships and financial aid must be accepted by May 1 or they may be cancelled. It's also important for incoming freshmen to register for housing and New Student Orientation. 

    • August 13-Absolute scholarship deadline

      Once this date has passed we will no longer make scholarship offers to entering students. Make sure to have any information postmarked by August 13

    • Entering in the Spring semester? 

      The absolute scholarship deadline for entering OSU in the Spring is the Friday before the semester begins, which is January 8, 2021. All information must have been postmarked prior to this date as well. See the academic calendar here.

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