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Financial aid checklist

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

1. Apply for admission

When you apply to OSU, you're automatically applying for scholarships as well.

  • OSU application
  • Transfer 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.

  • 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

    • Fall-entering students

      Feb. 1 for priority scholarship consideration;

      June 1* is the OSU Decision Deadline and some scholarships must be accepted by this date or they may be cancelled. 

      August 14* is the last day to submit application materials, such as updated test scores or transcripts, for final scholarship consideration. 

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

    • Spring-entering students

      Oct. 15 for priority scholarship consideration. The absolute scholarship deadline 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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