The Ohio State University at Marion


FAFSA Completion Workshops

What is the FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used by two and four-year colleges and universities throughout the U.S. to determine eligibility for Federal, State and campus-based financial aid, which includes grants, scholarships, work study programs, and all Federal student and parent loan programs.

Students at all income levels are strongly encouraged to file the FAFSA every year by their college or university’s published deadline to maximize their overall financial aid package. At Ohio State, the priority deadline is February 1, 2017 to apply for financial aid for the 2017-2018 school year.

How Do I File the FAFSA?

The FAFSA must be completed online at www.fafsa.gov

When Should I File the 2017-2018 FAFSA?

The 2017-2018 FAFSA is available beginning October 1, 2016, and should be submitted as soon as possible after that date, but no later than your college or university’s published deadline.

Dependency Status: Whose Information Must I Enter on the FAFSA?

Per Federal law, the student must fill out their FAFSA annually with both their own, and their parental income and asset information unless they can legitimately answer “Yes” to one or more of the following questions. Simply living on their own, and claiming themselves for tax purposes does NOT mean the student is independent for financial aid purposes.

• Will you be 24 or older by Dec. 31 of the school year for which you are applying for financial aid?
• Will you be working toward a master’s or doctorate degree (such as M.A., M.B.A., M.D., J.D., Ph.D., etc.)?
• Are you married or separated but not divorced?
• Do you have children who receive more than half of their support from you?
• Do you have legal dependents (other than children or a spouse) who live with you and receive more than half of their support from you?
• At any time since you turned age 13, were both of your parents deceased, were you in foster care, legal guardianship or were you a ward or dependent of the court?
• Are you currently serving on active duty in the U.S. armed forces for purposes other than training?
• Are you a veteran of the U.S. armed forces?
If none of the criteria listed above apply to you, you are considered a dependent student and are required to provide your parent/s financial information when completing the FAFSA.

What Information/Documents Will I Need to Complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA?

• 2015 Student and Parent Federal Tax Returns (if they were filed)
• 2015 Student and Parent W2s (unless self-employed)
• A listing of any other types of untaxed income or benefits received in 2015
• Documentation from you and/or your parent's case worker with the total amount of TANF received for 2015
• Supplemental Social Security Disability received in 2015
• The total amount of child support paid and/or received in 2015
• The total amount of Federal Work Study received in 2015 (for current college students)
• Bank statements
• Investment records
• Student and parental Social Security numbers
• FSA ID – Both the student and one parent each need to create their own unique Federal Student Aid (FSA) username and password at www.fsaid.ed.gov at least three days prior to completing the FAFSA.
• The FSA ID is used to sign the FAFSA online, as well as to access and modify the FAFSA after it has been submitted, if needed.

Where Can I Get Assistance With Completing the FAFSA?

The Ohio State University at Marion, in cooperation with Marion Technical College and several area high schools are offering a series of free on and off-campus FAFSA completion workshops. Therefore, you are welcome to attend even if you and/or your child plans to attend a college other than Ohio State Marion or MTC.

On-Campus Workshops

The 2016 FAFSA Completion Workshop season has concluded. If you are a new or current Ohio State student who needs assistance completing the FAFSA, or if you have any questions related to financial aid, please call 740-725-6242 to make an appointment with a counselor, or e-mail Matt Moreau, Financial Aid Director at moreau.1@osu.edu

Other Area Workshops

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

• Location: Carey High School
6:00 – 6:45 – College Financial Planning Overview
6:45 – 8:00 p.m. – FAFSA Completion Workshop
2016 Blue Devil Drive, Carey, OH 43316
For more information and to register, call 419-396-7638

Monday, October 10, 2016

• Location: Upper Sandusky High School
6:00 – 6:45 – College Financial Planning Overview
6:45 – 8:00 p.m. – FAFSA Completion Workshop
800 N Sandusky Ave, Upper Sandusky, OH 43351
For more information and to register, call 419-294-2306

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

• Location: Marysville High School Library
5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
800 Amrine Mill Rd, Marysville, OH 43040
Arrival by 6:30 required – enter through main high school entrance
For more information and to register, call 937-578-6200

Thursday, October 20, 2016

• Location: Tri Rivers Career Center – Auditorium
6:00 – 6:45 – College Financial Planning Overview
6:45 – 8:00 p.m. – FAFSA Completion Workshop
2222 Marion – Mt Gilead Rd, Marion, OH 43302
For more information and to register, call 740-389-4681

Thursday, November 3, 2016

• Location: Mount Gilead High School
6:00 – 6:45 – College Financial Planning Overview
6:45 – 8:00 p.m. – FAFSA Completion Workshop
338 Park Ave, Mount Gilead, OH 43338
For more information and to register, call 419-947-6065 ext. 1030

Sunday, November 6, 2016

• Location: Crawford College Connection, Bucyrus Public Library
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
200 E. Mansfield Street, Bucyrus, OH 44820
Pre-registration is required.
Contact Bucyrus Public Library at 419-562-7327 or mthornton@teamthornton.com

Monday, November 14, 2016

• Location: North Union High School
6:00 – 6:45 – College Financial Planning Overview
6:45 – 8:00 p.m. – FAFSA Completion Workshop
401 North Franklin St, Richwood, OH 43344
For more information and to register, call 740-943-3012

Who Can I Call if I Have Questions About the FAFSA or Financial Aid in General?

New, prospective or current Ohio State students may contact Matt Moreau, Director of Financial Aid & Institutional Research at Moreau.1@osu.edu, or by phone at (740) 725-6242. Students attending or planning to attend another college or university should contact their school’s Financial Aid Office for assistance.