Qs and As
Where can I find my Financial Aid award?
How do I accept my financial aid award?
Will my aid be affected if I drop hours?
If you drop below full-time status at any time through the fourth Friday of the term, your aid may be adjusted. See the “Important Dates” section on theRegistrar's website for the semester's calendar, registration dates, and add/drop/withdrawal deadlines. Some scholarships such as the Grace Washburn, Charles High and the Ohio Academic Scholarship will be cancelled or reduced regardless of when you fall below full-time. Please refer to What Happens to Your Aid When You… for more information.
If you decide to withdraw fromallof your classes at any time during the semester and you have received a refund check or direct deposit, you may be required to return all or a portion of the refund. Your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) completion percentage will be affected. If you drop classes, but are still enrolled for at least one credit hour, only the classes with a mark of "W" will affect your SAP status. However, your aid may be subject to adjustments depending on the drop dates showing on your registration record and the final number of hours enrolled.
When the SAP completion percentage is below the requirement, your future financial aid will be in jeopardy. Please see the next question for more information. If you have had a SAP appeal approved and have been given specific conditions to meet, you will need to follow the stipulations listed on the SFA Status page in the Financial Aid section of your Student Center, accessible viaBuckeye Link, in order to continue to receive financial aid.
How do I waive my health insurance?
Please refer to the detailed instructions on the Student Health Insurance site. Health insurance must be waived prior to the deadline.
I turned in my verification documents but Student Self Service says the forms are still needed?
The To Do items on your Student Center (via BuckeyeLink) will be updated to show a date in the Received field once we have logged them in. The received date will be the actual date the item arrived in our office, not the date it was logged in. Once the item has been reviewed, the Status field will be updated to display "Completed." Depending on the time of year forms are requested, it may take 2-4 weeks for documents to show as received and the review to be completed.
Where do I find my billing statement?
How do I sign up for the payment plan (TOPP)?
How do I sign up for direct deposit?
How do I find my Book List?
How do I get aid again for next year?
Financial aid is awarded annually. You must apply each year. Enrolled undergraduates, graduate students, and professional students (in Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry, Veterinary Medicine, Law, and PHP Pharmacy) begin the application process by completing and submitting the following by the priority application date:
- The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education - The preferred method of filing the FAFSA is through online submission from the U.S. Department of Education's FAFSA website at https://fafsa.ed.gov. If you would prefer to complete a paper FAFSA, please print a copy from the Department of Education's website. For assistance in filing the FAFSA, access studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/completing_fafsa/index.html.
- The Scholarship Application: If you wish to be considered for special-eligibility and/or academic-based-only scholarships and Cooperative Scholarship Housing, see Applying for Scholarships for instructions and a link to the Application for Special Scholarships. See Important Dates for the priority application date.
- Summer Aid: If you are an enrolled undergraduate or graduate student and you register for upcoming summer term classes and have filed the FAFSA, Student Financial Aid will assume that you would like to receive financial aid for summer. No special application or notification to our office is required. Professional students will be awarded based on their college's academic schedule.
- Remember! Be sure to apply by the priority application date. Some financial aid funds are limited, and late applicants will not be awarded most types of institutional aid unless funds are available. The amount of financial aid awarded may vary each year according to your need, the type of aid you are requesting, your academic performance, and available funding.
How do I give permission for OSU to talk to my parents/designee about my financial aid?
What if my aid does not appear on my Statement of Account?
Prior to 10 days before the start of the term, check "Pending Financial Aid" under Student Accounts. Any aid displayed here for which you remain eligible will credit to your Statement of Account ten days before the first day of the term. You can check on the status of your financial aid online at your Student Center, accessible via Buckeye Link .
If you are not able to resolve your questions by these means, contact the Student Service Center directly to find out what you need to do.
What can I do if I did not file the FAFSA?
You were not considered for federal, state, and most forms of institutional financial aid if you did not file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To request consideration for aid for the current year, see How to Apply for more information. If you have not filed the 2014-2015 FAFSA, you can still complete and submit this form as soon as possible, but no later than June 30, 2015, in order to be considered for federal financial aid beginning summer term, 2014. When you apply after your priority deadline, funds from certain programs, including scholarships, Federal SEOG, Federal Perkins Loan, and Federal Work-Study, will be awarded only on a funds-available basis. The priority application date is February 15.
Why am I not eligible for more aid or certain types of aid?
Some financial aid is need based and some is merit based, while other types require both need and merit. Several factors are involved when determining your aid eligibility:
- Expected Family Contribution (EFC)- This figure indicates what a family is expected to contribute toward a student's educational expenses. It also serves as an index for awarding certain types of aid.
- Grade Point Average (GPA)- Certain scholarships require a specific cumulative GPA.
- Class Rank- The Federal Direct Loan Program has annual limits based on the total number of hours you have successfully completed. Visit borrowing limits for more details.
- Budget/Cost of Attendance- There are established budgets for all Ohio State students based on academic level, residency, living arrangements, etc. A budget includes tuition, room and board, transportation, clothing, laundry, telephone, and other miscellaneous expenses for the terms you enroll in an academic year. Federal regulations prohibit any institution from awarding aid that exceeds a student's annual budget or need-based aid in excess of a student's demonstrated financial need.
- Deadlines- There are federal, state, and university deadlines. If you do not file the FAFSA or Scholarship Application by your priority deadline, you may be ineligible for certain types of aid. Visit Important Dates and Deadlines for more information.
Where is my refund?
Review the Finances section of your Student Center, accessible viaBuckeye Link, first. If your financial aid has been posted to your account, and you have an overage after all charges are paid, you can expect your refund about 5-7 days prior to the start of the term if you have signed up for direct deposit. You can sign up for direct deposit with cashNet by clicking on the Account Refund link in the Finances section of your Student Center.
If you have not signed up for Direct Deposit, a check will be mailed to your current address.