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, 2020 to apply for financial aid for the 2020-2021 school year.

How Do I File the FAFSA?

The FAFSA must be completed online at

When Should I File the 2020-2021 FAFSA?

The 2020-2021 FAFSA is available beginning October 1, 2019, 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.

• Were you born before January 1, 1997?
• 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 2019-2020 FAFSA?

• FSA IDs – Both the student andone parent each need to create their own unique Federal Student Aid (FSA) username and password at at least three days prior to completing the FAFSA.
• 2018 Student and Parent Federal Tax Returns (if they were filed)
• 2018 Student and Parent W2s (unless self-employed)
• A listing of any other types of untaxed income or benefits received in 2018
• Documentation from you and/or your parent's case worker with the total amount of TANF received for 2018
• Supplemental Social Security Disability received in 2018
• The total amount of child support paid and/or received in 2018
• The total amount of Federal Work Study received in 2018 (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

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 – 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. – Room 230, Marion Campus Library and Classroom Building (registration is now CLOSED for this date)
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 – 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. – Room 230, Marion Campus Library and Classroom Building

Due to limited space, pre-registration is REQUIRED. Please click here to register.

You are also welcome to schedule an in-person FAFSA completion appointment on weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. by calling the Marion Campus Financial Aid Office at 740-725-6242.

Complete details and directions will be e-mailed to you within 1-2 days after registering.

Other Free Area Workshops

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Carey High School in Carey, Ohio
6:00 p.m.
E-mail Shannon Darby at to register

Thursday, October 17, 2019
Tri Rivers Career Center in Marion, Ohio
6:00 p.m.
E-mail Kirstin Large at to register

Sunday, October 27, 2019
Bucyrus Public Library in Bucyrus, Ohio
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Call the library at 419-562-7327 to register

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Elgin High School in Marion, Ohio
6:30 p.m.
E-mail Tammy Cress at to register

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
North Union High School in Richwood, Ohio
6:00 p.m.
E-mail Jennifer Willis at to register

Monday, November 11, 2019
Delaware County FAFSA Night
Big Walnut High School in Sunbury, Ohio
5:30 p.m.
E-mail Tammi Jordan at to register

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Union County FAFSA Night
Marysville High School Library in Marysville, Ohio
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Registration is mandatory, at 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 Michelle McKinniss, Student Success Coordinator at 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.