Financial Aid Q's & A's
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 February 1st priority deadline:
- 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 https://studentaid.gov/apply-for-aid/fafsa/filling-out/help
- 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.
- 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 February 1st priority deadline. 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?
If you have not filed the FAFSA, you should still complete and submit this it as soon as possible at http://fafsa.gov. OSU's FAFSA code is 003090. When you apply after the February 1 priority deadline, funds from certain programs, including scholarships, the university's Affordability Grant programs, Federal SEOG, and Federal Work-Study will be awarded on a funds-available basis only. The priority application date is February 1 each year for the following academic year..
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.
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, 2022 to apply for financial aid for the 2022-2023 school year.
How Do I File the FAFSA?
The FAFSA must be completed online at www.fafsa.gov
When Should I File the 2021-2022 FAFSA?
The 2022-2023 FAFSA is available beginning October 1, 2021, 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 Jan. 1 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?
What Information/Documents Will I Need to Complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA?
• FSA IDs – 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.
• 2020 Student and Parent Federal Tax Returns (if they were filed)
• 2020 Student and Parent W2s (unless self-employed)
• A listing of any other types of untaxed income or benefits received in 2020
• Documentation from you and/or your parent's case worker with the total amount of TANF received for 2020
• Supplemental Social Security Disability received in 2020
• The total amount of child support paid and/or received in 2020
• The total amount of Federal Work Study received in 2020 (for current college students)
• Bank statements
• Investment records
• Student and parental Social Security numbers
Where Can I Get Assistance With Completing the FAFSA?
As a community service, The Ohio State University at Marion offers FAFSA completion workshops during the fall and early winter. You are welcome to attend even if you and/or your child plans to attend a college other than Ohio State. Please note that pre-registration is required…please see details below.
FAFSA Completion Workshop Dates
Dates being planned for 2021-2022. Please check back for more information.
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 Kelly Crum, Financial Aid Coordinator at Crum.firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (740) 725-6125
Students attending or planning to attend another college or university should contact their school’s Financial Aid Office for assistance.