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, 2018 to apply for financial aid for the 2018-2019 school year.
How Do I File the FAFSA?
The FAFSA must be completed online at www.fafsa.gov
When Should I File the 2019-2019 FAFSA?
The 2018-2019 FAFSA is available beginning October 1, 2017, 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 2018-2019 FAFSA?
• 2016 Student and Parent Federal Tax Returns (if they were filed)
• 2016 Student and Parent W2s (unless self-employed)
• A listing of any other types of untaxed income or benefits received in 2016
• Documentation from you and/or your parent's case worker with the total amount of TANF received for 2016
• Supplemental Social Security Disability received in 2016
• The total amount of child support paid and/or received in 2016
• The total amount of Federal Work Study received in 2016 (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.
FAFSA Completion Workshops
- Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
- Thursday, November 16, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
REGISTRATION FOR THESE FREE WORKSHOPS IS REQUIRED. Please click here to register.
Complete details and directions will be e-mailed to you within 1-2 days after registering.
Other Area Workshops
- Wednesday, October 18, 2017 – 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. - Upper Sandusky High School – Contact Kristal Dunlap at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
- Sunday, October 29, 2017, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Bucyrus Public Library – Registration info: www.crawfordcollegeconnection.org
- Monday, November 6, 2017 – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Marion Harding High School – Contact Cara Stevens at email@example.com to register.
- Thursday, November 9, 2017 – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – North Union High School – Contact Jennifer Willis at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
- Tuesday, November 14, 2017 – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Marysville High School – Contact Belinda Quisenberry at email@example.com to register.
- Tuesday, November 21, 2017 – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Mount Gilead High School – Contact Brant Hosack at firstname.lastname@example.org to register
- Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Cardington-Lincoln High School – Contact Caroline Denzer at email@example.com to register.
- Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Hayes High School in Delaware, Ohio – Registration Required - Please click here to register.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.