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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

    • Nov 1-Early opportunity scholarship deadline

      Make sure you've submitted every part of the admissions application and submitted the FAFSA with OSU's school code of 003170. Meeting this deadline assures you have taken the best steps towards all the financial aid and scholarship resources OSU has to offer. Getting things done by November 1 means you are at the front of the line. 

    • 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. 

    • June 1-OSU Decision Date*

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


      *Dates have been modified for fall of 2020 to provide relief for students due to COVID-19. 

    • August 14-Final scholarship deadline*

      Last day to submit application materials, such as updated test scores or transcripts, for final scholarship consideration. OSU will accept the July 18 national ACT test scores for scholarship consideration for fall 2020.*


      *Dates have been modified for fall of 2020 to provide relief for students due to COVID-19. 

    • 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 11, 2019. All information must have been postmarked prior to this date as well. See the academic calendar here.

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