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FAQs


Applying for Aid

  1. How do I apply for financial aid?
  2. What is a first priority deadline?
  3. Is there anything I can do if I miss the first priority deadline?
  4. How can I be considered independent?
  5. Can I appeal my dependency?
  6. What is Ohio University’s school code and where do I enter it?
  7. I made a mistake on my FAFSA, how do I fix it?
  8. How much does it cost to attend Ohio University?

Awarding

  1. What is an overaward?
  2. Do I need to return my award letter?
  3. Why is my aid different this year than last year?
  4. Can I have more aid?
  5. How is financial need determined?
  6. Can I adjust my budget?
  7. What is the maximum income limit for financial aid?
  8. When will I get an award letter?
  9. Who is eligible for aid?
  10. For what aid are international students eligible?
  11. What aid can an external degree/correspondence student receive?
  12. Why is the aid Ohio University offered different than aid I was offered at other schools?
  13. I am going to transfer to/from Ohio University, what do I need to do?
  14. How many credit hours do I need to receive my full grant amounts?
  15. My sibling attends another school, why is my aid different?

Co-Ops & Internships

  1. Am I still eligible to receive aid while completing a co-op?
  2. Am I able to use my aid while completing an internship?

Disbursement

  1. How/why do I get a refund?
  2. How much will my refund be?
  3. When will I receive my refund?
  4. How do I know if/when all of my aid is disbursed?
  5. Why hasn't my financial aid/scholarship disbursed?
  6. What happens if I drop a class during the add/drop period and I've already received a refund?
  7. What will happen to my aid if I drop a class after the add/drop period?
  8. What will happen if I withdraw from OU?

Loans

  1. What is the difference between Stafford subsidized and unsubsidized loans?
  2. Why do I need to complete Entrance Loan Counseling?
  3. Why do I need to complete Exit Loan Counseling?
  4. Why hasn't my Stafford loan (subsidized or unsubsidized) disbursed?
  5. Why hasn't my Perkins loan disbursed?
  6. Why hasn't my parent loan (PLUS) disbursed?
  7. How do I receive my Alternative Loan funds?
  8. How can I accept my Stafford loans?
  9. How do I increase/reduce my Stafford loans?
  10. Why was I offered this amount in a Stafford loan?
  11. I'm trying to complete Entrance Counseling, but I don't have a PIN. What do I do?

SAP

  1. What is SAP?
  2. How do I appeal my SAP status?
  3. How long does it take to process a SAP appeal?
  4. What are the deadlines for submitting a SAP appeal?

Scholarships

  1. When will I know if I am getting a scholarship?
  2. How do I apply and what are the criteria for freshmen scholarships?
  3. How do I apply and what are the criteria for upperclassmen scholarships?
  4. If I did not get a scholarship this year, what should I do?
  5. How many credit hours do I need to receive my scholarships?
  6. Is my scholarship renewable?
  7. What do I do if I get an outside agency scholarship?

Special Circumstances/Change of Income

  1. What can I do if my financial situation changes after I apply for aid?
  2. My parents have divorced since I filed my FAFSA, what can I do?
  3. What if I have other special circumstances?
  4. How long does the Change of Income process take?
  5. How do I apply for a Change of Income?

Student Employment

  1. How do I find a job?
  2. Am I federal work-study (FWS) eligible?
  3. Is it easy to find a job on campus?
  4. What is PACE?
  5. Can I keep my FWS/PACE job next year?
  6. How do I apply for FWS/PACE?
  7. How many hours am I permitted to work as a student employee?

Study Abroad

  1. Is additional aid available if I study abroad?
  2. What steps do I need to take for my aid to disburse while I study abroad?
  3. I leave for my study abroad program before the quarter begins, can I get my aid earlier?

Verification

  1. What is the Verification process and why must I complete it?
  2. My Student Aid Report (SAR) states that I am selected for verification, what do I need to do?
  3. Do I have to complete verification?
  4. How long will the verification process take?

Applying for Aid

  1. How do I apply for financial aid?

    To apply for federal, state, and institutional financial aid, you must complete the FAFSA. You can complete it online here. You can obtain a paper FAFSA by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID. This form will ask for your tax information and, if you are dependent, your parents' tax information. If your parents are married you must supply information for both of them. If they are divorced, you should provide information for the parent who provides you with the most financial support. If your supporting parent is remarried, you must also include your stepparent’s information. This form should be completed by the beginning of February the year you plan on attending school. You should complete the FAFSA prior to each year you plan to be enrolled. You and your parents can file the FAFSA before filing federal income tax forms. You should use estimated income information. Your information can be corrected after your taxes are filed as needed. When filing the FAFSA you should list Ohio University’s school code of 003100. If you will be attending a regional campus, you should use the appropriate regional campus code. This will ensure that Ohio University receives the results of your FAFSA and processes your financial aid according to your eligibility. Allow plenty of time for processing the FAFSA as it can take up to six weeks to process.

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  2. What is a first priority deadline?

    Ohio University must receive the results of your FAFSA by our first priority deadline of March 15 each year in order for you to be considered for all available financial aid. This is not the date by which you must mail the FAFSA or submit it online. We must have already received your FAFSA results in order for you to be considered first-priority. If you file a paper FAFSA, you should allow up to six weeks for processing. If you file online, you should allow up to four weeks.

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  3. Is there anything I can do if I miss the first priority deadline?

    If Ohio University does not receive the results of your FAFSA by our first priority deadline of March 15 you will not be considered for all financial aid available. If the CPS or Ohio University made an error in loading your FAFSA results, we may be able to take that into consideration. Very few exceptions are made.

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  5. How can I be considered independent?

    To be considered an independent student when completing the FAFSA you must meet one of the following criteria: be married at the time you are filing; have a child or other legal dependents for whom you, personally, provide more than 50% of the support for that child or legal dependent and be able to document that support. A student is an orphan only when both biological parents are deceased. A ward of the court is someone whose guardianship has been placed with a court system or government agency, not necessarily someone who has a legal guardian or has been in foster care. A ward of the court must also have had that status until age 18.

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  6. Can I appeal my dependency? There is a Dependency Appeal process; however, only appeals with well-documented parental estrangement are approved. Being financially independent of your parents does not allow you to be independent for financial aid purposes. Parents unwillingness to complete the FAFSA is also not a reason a student can become independent. You must contact your assigned financial aid counselor to discuss your situation and obtain a Dependency Appeal Form if appropriate.

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  7. What is Ohio University’s school code and where do I enter it?

    Ohio University's school code is 003100. This code must be entered on the FAFSA. Even if you are planning on attending one of the Ohio University Regional Campuses, you enter the school code for the regional campus you will be attending. Those school codes are as follows:
    Athens Campus
    003100
    Eastern Campus
    003101
    Chillicothe Campus
    003102
    Southern Campus
    003103
    Lancaster Campus
    003104
    Zanesville Campus
    003108

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  8. I made a mistake on my FAFSA; how do I fix it?

    If you find incorrect information on your FAFSA or you originally used estimated information and need to report actual figures, you can make these updates at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Ohio University may request your or your parent's signed tax forms to process the changes.

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  9. How much does it cost to attend Ohio University?

    Visit the Bursar's site for up-to-date information on tuition and fees.

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Awarding

  1. What is an overaward?

    An overaward occurs when a student's need based financial aid exceeds his or her calculated financial need (as determined by the student's cost of attendance and results of the FAFSA) or all financial aid exceeds the student's cost of attendance. This is described as an overaward as financial aid is designed to help a student pay only expenses associated with financing his or her education and should not exceed that cost. Changes in the following areas can cause an overaward situation: campus of attendance, housing plans, enrollment status, FAFSA information, residency classification, student type (undergraduate, graduate, non-degree), SAP status, or additional financial aid awards or resources. If a student is in an overaward situation, Ohio University will modify their award as necessary and send an email notification to the student.

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  2. Do I need to return my award letter?

    You do not need to return your paper or online Award Letter to accept aid. You may return your award offer if you wish to reduce or cancel any of your financial aid awards or to cancel awards for particular quarters. Students who have completed a Master Promissory Note in prior award years may also choose to reduce or cancel student loans from the website of the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

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  3. Why is my aid different this year than last year?

    Each year students are required to complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA reflects the prior year's tax information. As your or your parent's income and asset information changes from year to year your financial aid eligibility may change. In addition to changes in your FAFSA information, your aid can be affected by changes in funding received by Ohio University at the federal, state or university levels. Another factor could be the time that you filed your FAFSA. Students who meet Ohio University's first priority deadline of March 15 are considered for all financial aid Ohio University offers. If you filed by the deadline in a previous year and filed after the deadline this year, you may not have been offered certain grants and loans that you previously received. If that is the case, you can contact or visit our office and asked to be put on a waiting list for additional aid.

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  4. Can I have more aid?

    A student's award package can include scholarships, federal grants, state grants, institutional grants, loan assistance, and employment. Not all students receive all types of financial aid. If you meet the March 15 priority deadline, you may receive a more attractive award package than if you apply later. If additional financial aid becomes available throughout the award year, the OSFAS re-awards that financial aid. If you do not receive a particular type of aid which you thought you should qualify for, you can contact us to discuss the eligibility criteria and possibly be put on wait list.

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  5. How is financial need determined?

    A student's financial need is determined by using the EFC derived from the FAFSA.\ The EFC takes into account the number of people in a student's household and the number of people in college. It considers the student's income and assets as well. For a dependent student, the EFC considers the income and assets of the student's parent(s) as well. Every student also has a student budget as determined by Ohio University. The student budget consists of actual tuition and an allowance for room, board, books, transportation, and personal expenses. Financial need is defined as the difference between the student's budget and the EFC. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that the student will receive enough need-based aid to cover all the student's need. Aid that applies against need includes grants, scholarships, fee waivers, Federal Perkins loans, and subsidized loans The remainder of the student's budget may be covered by a Parent Loan (PLUS), alternative loan from a private lender, or an unsubsidized loan depending on the student's eligibility.

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  6. Can I adjust my budget?

    A student's budget consists of costs for tuition and fees, room and board, personal and transportation expenses, and books. If a student spends more in a particular area, such as rent, than the amount we budget for the student, it may be possible to increase that student's budget. In order to increase a student budget, you must make an appointment with your assigned financial aid counselor and bring documentation of your educationally-related expenses. A student's budget may also be increase for a one-time computer purchase. To make this adjustment we would need an estimate or receipt to verify the computer expense. The estimate/receipt needs to include the name of the seller, the description of the personal computer, the cost of the equipment, and the payment type. If we increase a student's budget based on an estimate, we do require a copy of the receipt within 30 days. We will not increase a student's budget for computers purchased prior to the current academic year. Remember that increasing a student's budget does not guarantee additional financial aid.

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  7. What is the maximum income limit for financial aid?

    The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships uses the results of the FAFSA to determine a student's eligibility for need-based federal and institutional financial aid. Although there is no maximum income limit for financial aid, students with a lower EFC are typically eligible for more financial aid resources than students whose EFC is higher. The governing agency of the state has a separate formula for determining a student's eligibility for state grants.

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  8. When will I get an award letter?

    Initial award letters for prospective freshman are sent around April 1 of each year. Currently enrolled students will be sent an e-mail beginning in mid-May telling them when their award letters are available online. All eligible applicants who complete the FAFSA will receive an award offer.

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  9. Who is eligible for aid?

    To receive Title IV federal aid (Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Student Loan, Federal Work Study, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, or Federal Perkins Loan) and institutional grant aid a student must meet the following requirements: be a U.S. citizen, a national, or permanent resident of the U.S., or be in the U.S. for other than a temporary purpose; comply with U.S. Selective Service registration requirements; be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree program (teacher certification or preparatory coursework cases should be discussed with a financial aid administrator); be making Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by Ohio University and the OSFAS; not be in default on a Federal Loan; not owe any repayment on any Title IV funds; and have a valid Social Security Number. Some types of financial aid as well as most federal and institutional grants are not available if you have already received a bachelor's degree.

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  10. For what aid are international students eligible?

    Federal financial assistance is only available to citizens of the United States. The inside cover of the FAFSA discusses international student financial aid eligibility. It states that only citizens and eligible noncitizens may receive financial aid. An eligible noncitizen is someone who is a US permanent resident and has an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-551), a conditional permanent resident (I-551C), or an other eligible noncitizen with an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) stamped with refugee, asylum granted, indefinite parole, humanitarian parole, or Cuban-Haitian Entrant. If you have only an F1, F2, J1, or J2 student or work visa you are not eligible for federal student aid. For freshmen, completing an application for admissions automatically applies you for all available freshmen scholarships. The requirements for these scholarships are based on test scores from the ACT and/or the SAT and having a minimum high school GPA of 3.0. Also, for you to be eligible for such scholarships, you must apply and be admitted to Ohio University by February 1 of the year you plan to attend. If you will be transferring from another school, your transfer application serves as your application for all available transfer scholarships. The deadline for admittance is May 15. To be considered for transfer scholarships, you must have completed at least 45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours or course work with a minimum grade point average of a 3.5 or higher. For graduate students, academic departments award graduate scholarships and stipends. You should contact your department for more details.

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  11. What aid can an external degree/correspondence student receive?

    Students pursuing external/correspondence coursework at Ohio University are eligible to be considered for the Federal Pell Grant and Federal Direct Loans only. If you have received an award offer from Ohio University and have not been working individually with your financial aid counselor, your award offer most likely reflects the awards for which you would be eligible if you attend Ohio University on site and not as a correspondence student. Correspondence students are eligible for financial aid for the cost of tuition and fees and books only. This means that you will not receive a refund check to help with other costs such as your room, board, or transportation. Your award offer is based upon your cost of attendance, which is dependent upon the number of credit hours for which you enroll. Thus, your award offer cannot be finalized until your counselor has determined your awards based on your cost of attendance.

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  12. Why is the aid Ohio University offered different than aid I was offered at other schools?

    Financial aid offers can be different from one institution to another for many reasons. Some types of financial aid are awarded based on criteria established by the institution, such as institutional financial aid. Funding for some federal programs is limited. Institutions receive an allocation, or set amount, for each of the campus based aid programs (Federal Work Study, Federal Perkins Loan, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant) from the Department of Education. Since schools receive different allocation amounts, institutions will have different rules and methods for awarding their allocation of limited funding. Institutions also have different costs of attendance which can change a student's eligibility for need based financial aid funding and can affect the total amount of financial aid offered from one institution to the next.

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  13. I am going to transfer to/from Ohio University, what do I need to do?

    If you wish to transfer to Ohio University, you need to add Ohio University's school code of 003100 to your FAFSA. You can do this by sending us the first page of your SAR with a note saying "Add OU". You can also call the CPS at 1-800-433-3243 and add our school code over the phone. We will not be able to process the results of your FAFSA until you have applied to Ohio University. Once your admission's application is processed, we will begin the process of determining your financial aid eligibility. We will take into consideration the financial aid you received at your previous university in this process.

    If you are transferring from Ohio University to another university you should contact our office to make us aware that you will not be attending for the remaining quarters in the academic year.

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  14. How many credit hours do I need to receive my full grant amounts?

    In order to receive the full amount of your Pell Grant, SEOG, OUG, OUBA, or OUAG, you must be enrolled in at least twelve credit hours. These awards will be prorated for less than full-time enrollment. If you will be enrolled less than half-time, you will not be eligible for an SEOG, OUG, OUBA, or OUAG, you will still be able to receive a less than half-time Pell award.

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  15. My sibling attends another school, why is my aid different?

    It is possible that your sibling may be eligible for different forms of financial aid than you are if he or she is attending another university. Your sibling may have a different EFC than you. This is because your EFC is comprised of your parental contribution and your contribution. You and your sibling should have the same parental contribution, but your student contribution will differ according to specific income and assets. Your aid may also be different because schools distribute the funds they are given by the Department of Education differently. Each school has a different allocation of Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Bobcat Grant and Federal Work-Study Funds. Given the nature of these allocations, a student may receive an award at one school and not at another. Also, schools have various institutional funds that are only available at that particular university, such as the Ohio University Bobcat Grant and the Ohio University Access Grant. These funds are limited and are distributed by university policies.

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Co-Ops & Internships

  1. Am I still eligible to receive aid while completing a co-op?

    If you are on an official university co-op program, such as in the College of Engineering, then you can receive your Federal Pell Grant, Federal Campus-Based Aid, Federal Direct Student Loans and any Ohio University Scholarships you have been awarded. To receive your loan and/or scholarship the following criteria must be met:
    • The work experience must be full time,
    • You must register for one hour of co-op credit, and
    • The co-op must be approved by the Dean's Office of your college.
    We must have written verification from the Dean's Office of your college that these three criteria are met.

    If you are receiving any outside scholarships, it is up to the agency awarding you the scholarship as to whether or not you can use it for a co-op.

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  2. Am I able to use my aid while completing an internship?

    If you have an Ohio University undergraduate scholarship, you must meet the following requirements to use your scholarship while doing an internship:
    • The work experience must be full time,
    • You must register for one hour of internship credit, and
    • The internship must be approved by the Dean's Office of your college.
    We need to have verification in writing from your Dean's Office that these three criteria are met.

    If you are a graduate student, you must either be registered for at least 5 graduate hours in order to receive any Federal Direct Student Loans, or if you completing a clinical internship or practicum which is required for graduation in your program and is equivalent to being enrolled at least half time, your department chair and dean must complete a form entitled "Graduate Internship/Practicum Verification Form" in order for us to be able to disburse any student loans. This form is available from the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

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Disbursement

  1. How/why do I get a refund?

    A refund is sent to a student when the student's financial aid is greater than his or her charges for a particular quarter. For example, if a student has a Pell grant for $1250 per quarter, another grant for $600, and a subsidized loan for $1815 (net amount) per quarter the student's total aid would be $3665. If that student's charges total $2969 for that quarter, the student would receive a refund for $696. All university charges are paid for with a student's financial aid, including room and meal plan costs. Refunds can be used to purchase books, pay for off-campus housing and meals, provide necessary transportation, and pay for personal expenses.

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  2. How much will my refund be?

    To determine the amount of your refund, you should compare your university charges with your anticipated financial aid. In most cases, this is evident on your university account statement. You can access your account statement online at the Bursar's site. You can also use your online award letter to review your financial aid. The online award letter can be accessed from the Financial Aid site. If you have financial aid on your award letter that is not appearing as an anticipated credit on your account statement, you may need to complete additional paperwork, register for additional credit hours, or complete an online process for that award. Requirements for each award are explained on the award letter.

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  3. When will I receive my refund?

    You will receive your refund faster if you sign up for direct deposit through the Bursar's Office. Refunds made by direct deposit begin the first day of each quarter and continue to be made daily. Refund checks are mailed to students starting the first Friday of the quarter and continue on a weekly basis. To receive a refund promptly, students must be registered in the appropriate number of credit hours two weeks prior to the quarter opening. Students must also have completed all necessary paperwork or online procedures at this time as well. Requirements for each award are explained on the award letter.

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  4. How do I know if/when all of my aid is disbursed?

    You will receive an email each time funds are disbursed to your account. The email will list the type and amount of each financial aid award. If you are not sure whether all of your aid has disbursed, you can access your online award letter from the Financial Aid site and compare your awards to your disbursement email(s). If you have an award that has not disbursed, you may need to complete additional paperwork, register in additional credit hours, or complete an online process or form.

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  5. Why hasn't my financial aid/scholarship disbursed?

    • Loans — If you are a first-time loan borrower, in order for your loan to disburse you must have completed Entrance Counseling and completed the EMPN. They can also be done online at http://www.studentloans.gov/ . If you have not completed your EMPN, your loan will not disburse. If you cannot do an EMPN and need a paper promissory note, please contact our office. If you have received loans previously at Ohio University and your loan has not disbursed for this quarter, you may need to complete online confirmation. You must also be enrolled at least half-time to receive student loans.
    • Scholarships — If your scholarship has not disbursed, you are probably not registered in sufficient hours. Many scholarships require that a student register in 16 hours per quarter. Certain scholarships are also specific to a particular Ohio University campus. If a student was mistakenly awarded an Athens campus scholarship and is attending a regional campus, the scholarship will not disburse.
    • Grants — The Ohio Instructional Grant and the Federal Pell Grant will disburse a pro-rated amount for any number of hours. The SEOG and Ohio University grants will disburse pro-rated amounts for half-time and three-quarter time.

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  6. What happens if I drop a class during the add/drop period and I've already received a refund?

    If you received a refund at the beginning of the quarter and your enrollment status as of the fifteenth day of classes has now changed, your financial aid will be adjusted. Your aid will be reduced if your status changed to three-quarter time or half time status. If you have dropped below half time status, all of your aid, except for the Pell grant, will be deleted. Your university fees will be reassessed based on your new enrollment and you will be billed for any refund amount that you were paid for the higher enrollment status.

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  7. What will happen to my aid if I drop a class after the add/drop period?

    Nothing will happen to your aid at this particular time. Your charges will not be reduced and you will be paying for the original number of hours you were enrolled for in that term. You will be receiving a grade of WP/WF for the classes your drop at this time. This may affect your Satisfactory Academic Progress status at the end of the academic year.

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  8. What will happen if I withdraw from OU?

    If you withdraw from the university during, what is considered as, the first 60% of the quarter, your financial aid will be adjusted depending on the Federal Refund Calculation. This is a calculation that is processed by the Office of the Bursar. This office will review what your charges you are responsible for and what financial aid you are eligible to receive at the time of your withdrawal. Your aid may be reduced or canceled based on this process and you may owe a balance to the University. You will be notified by the Office of the Bursar as to the outcome of this process. It will take several weeks for this to be finalized.

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Loans

  1. What is the difference between Stafford subsidized and unsubsidized loans?

    Students must demonstrate financial need to receive a Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan. Ohio University will determine whether you qualify for this loan based on the results of your FAFSA. The federal government pays the interest on a Subsidized Loan while students are in school at least half-time and during periods of grace and deferment. Students can qualify for an Unsubsidized Loan regardless of financial need, but will have to pay all interest charges. Students have the option of allowing interest to accrue until they enter repayment or making an interest only payment quarterly to the Direct Loan Servicing Center.

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  2. Why do I need to complete Entrance Loan Counseling?

    Ohio University is required to provide Loan Entrance Counseling to all first-time student loan borrowers before we disburse a student loan. Loan Entrance Counseling is a short online tutorial that explains to you the necessity of repaying your Direct Loans. It gives you an explanation of the consequences if you fail to repay these loans and also helps you budget your money while in school. Your loans will not disburse until you have completed Entrance Counseling. You must only complete Entrance Counseling once.

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  3. Why do I need to complete Exit Loan Counseling?

    Ohio University is required to provide student loan borrowers with additional loan counseling before they graduate from school. You will receive an email instructing you to complete Exit Loan Counseling on the Web the quarter you apply for graduation. Exit Loan Counseling gives you the opportunity to give current address information and personal references. You only have to complete Exit Loan Counseling once.

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  4. Why hasn't my Stafford loan (subsidized or unsubsidized) disbursed?

    In order for your loan to disburse, you must have completed the following:
    • Registered for at least half-time enrollment.
    • Accepted your loan through online confirmation if you are not a first-time borrower.
    • Completed a Master Promissory Note (MPN), if this is the first year you have borrowed.
    • Completed Loan Entrance Counseling if you are a first-time borrower.
    If you have not completed one of the steps listed above, your loan will not disburse for that reason. You must also have returned all other documentation requested by our office.

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  5. Why hasn't my Perkins loan disbursed?

    In order for your Perkins loan to disburse, you must return the Perkins promissory note and confidential information sheet. You must be registered at least half-time, maintain satisfactory academic progress, and have a final admit status on your university admission's application. You must also have returned all other documentation requested by our office.

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  6. Why hasn't my parent loan (PLUS) disbursed?

    The most common reason preventing the parent loan from disbursing is that we have not received your Parent Loan (PLUS) Pre-Application and/or the PLUS electronic Master Promissory Note. If we do have your Pre-Application and electronic Master Promissory Note, your loan may have not disbursed because the credit check (which is performed by the loan servicing center) has not been approved.

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  7. How do I receive my Alternative Loan funds?

    Alternative Loan funds are sent to our office via check or Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Once we have verified that you are enrolled for the appropriate number of hours and are eligible for the funds, we forward the funds to the Office of the Bursar, in Chubb Hall 010. You will be sent an e-mail notifying you to endorse the alternative loan check, if necessary. Alternative loan funds are applied to your student account and if this creates a credit balance, you will receive a refund check from Ohio University.

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  8. How can I accept my Stafford loans?

    You may accept, reduce or decline your loans by visiting our website and clicking on "online services" then "Student Loan Decisions". You will need your Oak username and password to complete this process.

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  9. How do I increase/reduce my Stafford loans?

    If you have not yet confirmed your loans, you may reduce them online. If you have already completed this process and need a loan adjustment (increase or decrease), you will need to email your request to financial.aid.loan@ohio.edu. Please be sure to include your full name and Ohio University PID or date of birth with your request.

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  10. Why was I offered this amount in a Stafford loan?

    Your loan amount is based on your accumulated hours, student status, and the type of degree you pursue. You cannot increase these amounts even if you are declining a parent loan (PLUS). The only way you can receive an additional unsubsidized loan amount is if you are independent or your PLUS is declined due to an adverse credit check.

    Your Stafford loan is based on accumulated credit hours:
    • 00-44 hours — $5500 per year
    • 45-89 hours — $6500 per year
    • 90-graduation — $7500 per year
    • Graduate students — $20,500 per year

    Students pursuing an associate degree may borrow:
    • 00-44 hours — $5500 per year
    • 45-graduation — $6500 per year

    If you are an independent student, you may borrow an additional unsubsidized loan:
    • 00-89 hours — $4000 per year
    • 90-graduation — $5000 per year

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  11. I'm trying to complete Entrance Counseling, but I don't have a PIN. What do I do?

    After you have read though the Entrance Counseling Website you must complete the quiz. There are two options for entering your information. You may login with a PIN or you may login without a PIN (get your pin). If you choose to login without a PIN, you will be prompted to enter your name, social security number, and birth date. You must then enter a school. On the list of schools, you must choose Ohio University, Athens. Follow the instructions to finish Entrance Counseling.

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SAP

  1. What is SAP?

    SAP is a measurement of your academic performance and one of many requirements to maintain eligibility for financial aid. SAP consists of three different components: grade point average, minimum credit hours, and maximum time frame. Students who fail to meet SAP standards are notified by mail and given a warning period to correct their deficiency. If a student does not meet SAP standards after his or her warning period, he or she will become ineligible to receive financial aid. Correspondence sent to students regarding SAP should be carefully reviewed.

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  2. How do I appeal my SAP status?

    If you have become ineligible to receive financial aid due to SAP, you may have the right to appeal your status. Each summer, the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships sends appeals to students who have become ineligible for aid. Appeals may be submitted to our office for review by the SAP committee. You must submit your SAP appeal to our office within the first 21 class days of the quarter you would like to attend. Appeals submitted after that will not be considered until the next quarter. If your appeal is approved, you must meet all SAP standards during this extended period. If you fail to meet the criteria again, you will be denied further aid. There is a second chance to appeal. This can be done by writing a letter of appeal to the Director of the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

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  3. How long does it take to process a SAP appeal?

    Generally, SAP appeals are reviewed by our committee within three business days and appeal results are sent via mail the next business day. However, during peak periods (summer months and the first three weeks of each quarter) processing time may be as long as five business days.

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  4. What are the deadlines for submitting a SAP appeal?

    During the Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarter, students have the first 21 days of classes to submit an appeal to the Office of Student Financial Aid. SAP appeals are accepted through the last day of classes during the Summer Quarter.

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Scholarships

  1. When will I know if I am getting a scholarship?

    The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships begins mailing out Award Letters to prospective freshmen approximately April 1 and to notify via email all other students approximately May 15.

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  2. How do I apply and what are the criteria for freshmen scholarships?

    To be considered for one of Ohio University's academic scholarships, you must have your application for admission on file by February 1. The application for admission also serves as your scholarship application — no separate form is required. Scholarship decisions will be based on a student's academic record (minimum 3.0 g.p.a. and ACT/SAT I). Specific criteria for Ohio University's incoming freshmen renewable scholarship program can be found online. Additionally, freshmen are considered for endowed scholarships. While test scores and class rank are considered, these awards are often based on financial need or require the recipient to be from a particular city or county or to have graduated from a particular high school. The values of these awards vary. No additional application is necessary, although to be considered for some awards you must file a FAFSA.

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  3. How do I apply and what are the criteria for upperclassmen scholarships?

    All currently enrolled students, including students who are freshmen during the current academic year, must complete the OU Online Scholarship Application to be considered for scholarships for the next academic year. The first priority application period will be the beginning of winter quarter through the end of winter quarter. The application can be accessed through the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships' webpage.

    To be considered for the Deans Scholarship, applicants must typically have:
    • accumulated a GPA of at least 3.4 at the end of winter quarter;
    • earned at least 32 credit hours in the fall and winter of the current academic year (and be enrolled in at least 16 hours in spring quarter); and
    • completed a minimum of two quarters at Ohio University.
    Students who don’t meet the criteria for the Deans Scholarship should still apply; GPA requirements for many endowed scholarships vary.

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  4. If I did not get a scholarship this year, what should I do?

    It is wise to apply for scholarships annually to assure that you are considered for all possible awards. Each academic year includes a new pool of applicants and a new cycle of awards. Having not received a scholarship in the current academic year does not keep you from being considered for one in the next academic year. Continue to take and earn at least 16 hours each quarter, maintain your best possible GPA and apply for scholarships annually.

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  5. How many credit hours do I need to receive my scholarships?

    Many academic scholarships at Ohio University's Athens Campus, it is required that you maintain enrollment in 16 hours per quarter to assure that the scholarship credits your account. Many outside agency scholarships require 12 credit hours per quarter. Your Student Financial Aid and Scholarships Award Letter should specify your hours requirement.

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  6. Is my scholarship renewable?

    Unless you receive a letter that specifically states that your award is renewable, your award is not renewable. If you do have a renewable scholarship, the letter you receive should also specify the GPA and hours requirements that you must meet for the award to be renewed.

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  7. What do I do if I get an outside agency scholarship?

    All checks and correspondence should be forwarded to the address below. Since most checks are co-payable to you and OU, both parties must endorse the check before it can be applied to your account.
    Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships
    ATTN: Outside Scholarships
    020 Chubb Hall
    Athens, OH 45701
    Fax: 740-593-4140

    If you have an award notice, but have not yet received the check, mail or fax a photocopy (which clearly indicates your full name and Ohio University PID Number or date of birth) of your outside agency or community award notice to Outside Scholarships at the address above. Once you receive the check, you should then send it to Outside Scholarships. Awards over $1,000 will be divided evenly over our periods of enrollment. For example, a $1,500 award will be disbursed $750 fall semester and $750 spring semester. For the award to be applied differently (for example, to a single semester), we must have written permission from the scholarship donor. Each applicant for federal student aid has a calculated financial need and a total cost of attendance. Federal aid, including Federal Direct Loans, must not exceed these limits. If an outside or home community scholarship arrives after federal, state and university aid has been awarded, it may be necessary to reduce other aid, especially loans.

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Special Circumstances/Change of Income

  1. What can I do if my financial situation changes after I apply for aid?

    If you (or your family) experience a change in your financial situation after you have completed the FAFSA, you should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships to explain your circumstances to your financial aid advisor. If your (or your family's) income for the current tax year will be less than the income reported on the FAFSA, you may be eligible to complete a Change of Income (COI). This form allows us to use an estimate of your current year income to re-evaluate your aid eligibility. Even if changes are made to your eligibility, additional aid is not guaranteed.

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  2. My parents have divorced since I filed my FAFSA, what can I do?

    In cases of divorce, you should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships to request a Change of Income Form. This form, along with the documentation you will be asked to submit, allows our office to re-evaluate your financial situation and possibly adjust your financial aid eligibility. Even if changes are made to your eligibility, additional aid is not guaranteed.

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  3. What if I have other special circumstances?

    Although many families endure strains on their income, only some circumstances can be considered when evaluating a student's financial aid eligibility. For example, the amount that a student or parent pays monthly for a home or vehicle is already taken into consideration in the formula used to determine eligibility. Although these will vary in families, extraordinarily high expenses cannot be taken into consideration for additional eligibility. Expenses such as having more than one child in college or having numerous people in your household are already included in the formula as well. Other expenses that cannot be considered are tuition paid for students in private primary or secondary schooling, unless the schooling is due to a child's disability. Some items that may be taken into consideration are exceedingly high medical expenses, a parent's tuition costs, or, in some cases, bankruptcy payments. If you have once of these special circumstance you should contact your assigned financial aid advisor.

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  4. How long does the Change of Income process take?

    Generally, a Change of Income (COI) form takes three to four week to process. During times when our office is experiencing a high volume of requests (often in the Summer months), the process may take as long as five to six weeks. Make sure you are attentive to any notices regarding additional documentation needed for your COI, this may reduce processing time.

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  5. How do I apply for a Change of Income?

    To apply for a Change of Income, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

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Student Employment

  1. How do I find a job?

    There are several ways to find a job on the Ohio University Campus. When you complete the FAFSA form you are automatically considered for Federal Work-Study (FWS). If you qualify for FWS at Ohio University it will be included on your financial aid award letter.

    If you are not FWS eligible you may still be eligible for the Program to Aid Career Exploration (PACE). PACE is a program unique to Ohio University that allows upper-class students to work internship-like jobs on campus, while earning money for their education. To determine whether you are eligible for PACE and to learn about the program go here.

    All students who are currently enrolled are eligible to find employment through the Centralized Student Employment System (CSES). Both on and off campus employers post jobs to CSES and those can be viewed here.

    Lastly, some university units, such as the dining halls, the physical plant and the library hire students independently of our office. To inquire about positions with these units you should contact them directly.

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  2. Am I federal work-study (FWS) eligible?

    Any student demonstrating financial need is eligible for FWS. Unfortunately, Federal Work-Study funds are limited and as such only those eligible students demonstrating the most financial need are awarded FWS. To be considered for FWS make sure your FAFSA is on file with our office by the first priority packaging date, March 15. If you are not initially awarded FWS you can contact our office and ask to be put on the waiting list, however, there is no guarantee the individuals on this list will be awarded FWS.

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  3. Is it easy to find a job on campus?

    Searching for a job on the Ohio University campus can require some persistence but will almost always bear fruit if the student is diligent. Students can use the Financial Aid Web Page, the Jobs board in the financial aid office and local newspapers to help them in their search for employment.

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  4. What is PACE?

    The Program to Aid Career Exploration (PACE) provides academically qualified students who are in need of funds for education to earn money while gaining valuable career-oriented work experience. Students typically apply for PACE during the spring quarter for employment during the next school year. PACE positions are part-time (typically 10 hours a week) and pay $7.40 per hour. To find out more about PACE and see if you are eligible visit PACE on-line.

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  5. Can I keep my FWS/PACE job next year?

    Students can continue working in the same FWS job every year as long as their supervisors want for them to come back and they continue to demonstrate need when they complete their Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSAs). FWS Students will be reassigned to their position from the previous year unless they request otherwise.

    PACE students are not permitted to return to the same position that they held in a previous year. Since PACE positions are limited and there are more applicants than positions, each PACE position should be filled with a different individual each year. Students are permitted to hold a new PACE position each year, they are simply not permitted to return to the same position.

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  6. How do I apply for FWS/PACE?

    To apply for FWS students must complete the FAFSA as early as possible (preferably in January) and indicate on the FAFSA that they are interested in work opportunities. If the student is eligible for FWS, they will be informed in their financial aid award notification.

    To apply for PACE students must have earned at least 30 hours, have at least a 2.3 GPA and demonstrate the need for earnings. The ideal time to apply for PACE is during the spring quarter. To find out whether you are eligible for PACE go here.

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  7. How many hours am I permitted to work as a student employee?

    No student in any of Ohio University's employment programs is permitted to work more than 20 hours per week/40 hours per pay period during periods of enrollment. PACE students are limited to 100 hours per quarter. Federal Work-Study Students are limited to the number of hours indicated in the packet sent to the supervisor. CSES students are permitted to work full time over breaks at the discretion of their departments. FWS and PACE students are permitted to work over breaks only by special permission from our office.

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Study Abroad

  1. Is additional aid available if I study abroad?

    If the costs for your study abroad program are greater than our standard budget allowance for the same quarter or quarters, we can increase your budget with appropriate documentation. If you are not already receiving the maximum in your Federal Direct Student Loan, your loan amount could be increased. Also, a parent could apply for a parent loan (PLUS) to cover the extra costs. An alternative loan through a private lender is another option. You also may want to look for outside scholarships. The Office of Education Abroad may be able to assist you, and you may want to try a scholarship search such as FastWeb.

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  2. What steps do I need to take for my aid to disburse while I study abroad?

    It is critical that you complete all requirements to receive your aid before you leave. Those requirements may include completing a loan promissory note, confirming your loan on the web, and making sure the Office of the Registrar and the Office of Bursar have your correct address. We encourage all students to sign up for direct deposit.

    If you are studying abroad on an official Ohio University exchange program or by enrolling at another American or a foreign school, you must complete and submit the Verification of Overseas Enrollment Form before your aid will be released. This form is given to you by the Office of Education Abroad to take with you and is available from their web site. You should give the form to a program official after you arrive at your destination and your classes have started. Generally, the completed form is faxed to the Office of Education Abroad. The Office of Education Abroad immediately forwards a copy to the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, which allows us to then release your aid.

    Please remember that your aid will be disbursed to you or, in some cases, to a parent in the case of a PLUS. However, we cannot make out a check to another school. It will be up to you and/or your parents to receive your aid and make payment to the other school.

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  3. I leave for my study abroad program before the quarter begins, can I get my aid earlier?

    Your financial aid will not be released until your classes have started and the Verification of Overseas Enrollment has been completed and returned, if required. If all or some of your charges must be paid in advance, we can write a letter to verify what aid you will receive and when the money will be available. As a last resort, we may be able to give you an advance on your aid through the university's Short Term Loan program.

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Verification

  1. What is the Verification process and why must I complete it?

    All universities participating in the federal aid programs are required to verify the FAFSA data of a certain number of the students who apply for aid. This is called verification. If selected, students must complete verification in order to be eligible for need-based financial aid. The verification process is completed by collecting various tax information and comparing it to the information reported on a student's FAFSA. This is not done to find fraudulent FAFSA applicants, but to find and correct common mistakes made by students and parents. When an error is found, we make a correction to the student's FAFSA information. Most schools are required to verify 30% of their student population. However, because Ohio University participates in the Quality Assurance Program, we are permitted to select our own groups of students to verify. In our verification selection criteria, we try to target student FAFSAs that appear to have errors or may be on the border of grant eligibility.

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  2. My Student Aid Report (SAR) states that I am selected for verification, what do I need to do?

    The CPS selects students for verification using pre-set criteria. However, Ohio University participates in the Quality Assurance Program, which allows our university to set its own verification parameters. This means that your SAR may say that you have been selected to complete the verification process, but Ohio University may not select you to complete verification. In turn, your SAR may not state that you are selected for verification, but Ohio University may choose to verify you. You will receive notification shortly after we receive the results of your FAFSA if you are selected to complete verification at Ohio University.

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  3. Do I have to complete verification?

    If you have been selected for verification, you must return all required documents for that process. If you refuse to complete verification, you will not be eligible for any need-based financial aid.

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  4. How long will the verification process take?

    We will notify you via a letter or email telling you what information we need in order to complete verification. This notification is typically sent when we receive the results of your FAFSA. We will then send a second notification after 30 days and a third notification 30 days from that point. Once we receive all documents needed, we will compare your tax information to your FAFSA. If the information is correct, verification is complete and your aid will be awarded. If we need to make corrections to your FAFSA, it will take seven to ten days to receive the corrections back. At that time, we will complete verification and your aid will be awarded.

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FAQs


Applying for Aid

  1. How do I apply for financial aid?
  2. What is a first priority deadline?
  3. Is there anything I can do if I miss the first priority deadline?
  4. What is a Student Aid Report (SAR) and do I need to send it back?
  5. How can I be considered independent?
  6. Can I appeal my dependency?
  7. What is Ohio University’s school code and where do I enter it?
  8. I made a mistake on my FAFSA, how do I fix it?
  9. How much does it cost to attend Ohio University?

Awarding

  1. What is an overaward?
  2. Do I need to return my award letter?
  3. Why is my aid different this year than last year?
  4. Can I have more aid?
  5. How is financial need determined?
  6. Can I adjust my budget?
  7. What is the maximum income limit for financial aid?
  8. When will I get an award letter?
  9. Who is eligible for aid?
  10. For what aid are international students eligible?
  11. What aid can an external degree/correspondence student receive?
  12. Why is the aid Ohio University offered different than aid I was offered at other schools?
  13. I am going to transfer to/from Ohio University, what do I need to do?
  14. How many credit hours do I need to receive my full grant amounts?
  15. My sibling attends another school, why is my aid different?

Co-Ops & Internships

  1. Am I still eligible to receive aid while completing a co-op?
  2. Am I able to use my aid while completing an internship?

Disbursement

  1. How/why do I get a refund?
  2. How much will my refund be?
  3. When will I receive my refund?
  4. How do I know if/when all of my aid is disbursed?
  5. Why hasn't my financial aid/scholarship disbursed?
  6. What happens if I drop a class during the add/drop period and I've already received a refund?
  7. What will happen to my aid if I drop a class after the add/drop period?
  8. What will happen if I withdraw from OU?

Loans

  1. What is the difference between Stafford subsidized and unsubsidized loans?
  2. Why do I need to complete Entrance Loan Counseling?
  3. Why do I need to complete Exit Loan Counseling?
  4. Why hasn't my Stafford loan (subsidized or unsubsidized) disbursed?
  5. Why hasn't my Perkins loan disbursed?
  6. Why hasn't my parent loan (PLUS) disbursed?
  7. How do I receive my Alternative Loan funds?
  8. How can I accept my Stafford loans?
  9. How do I increase/reduce my Stafford loans?
  10. Why was I offered this amount in a Stafford loan?
  11. I'm trying to complete Entrance Counseling, but I don't have a PIN. What do I do?

SAP

  1. What is SAP?
  2. How do I appeal my SAP status?
  3. How long does it take to process a SAP appeal?
  4. What are the deadlines for submitting a SAP appeal?

Scholarships

  1. When will I know if I am getting a scholarship?
  2. How do I apply and what are the criteria for freshmen scholarships?
  3. How do I apply and what are the criteria for upperclassmen scholarships?
  4. If I did not get a scholarship this year, what should I do?
  5. How many credit hours do I need to receive my scholarships?
  6. Is my scholarship renewable?
  7. What do I do if I get an outside agency scholarship?

Special Circumstances/Change of Income

  1. What can I do if my financial situation changes after I apply for aid?
  2. My parents have divorced since I filed my FAFSA, what can I do?
  3. What if I have other special circumstances?
  4. How long does the Change of Income process take?
  5. How do I apply for a Change of Income?

Short-Term Loans

  1. Can I apply for a short term loan?
  2. My short-term loan is due, can I get an extension?

Student Employment

  1. How do I find a job?
  2. Am I federal work-study (FWS) eligible?
  3. Is it easy to find a job on campus?
  4. What is PACE?
  5. Can I keep my FWS/PACE job next year?
  6. How do I apply for FWS/PACE?
  7. How many hours am I permitted to work as a student employee?

Study Abroad

  1. Is additional aid available if I study abroad?
  2. What steps do I need to take for my aid to disburse while I study abroad?
  3. I leave for my study abroad program before the quarter begins, can I get my aid earlier?

Verification

  1. What is the Verification process and why must I complete it?
  2. My Student Aid Report (SAR) states that I am selected for verification, what do I need to do?
  3. Do I have to complete verification?
  4. How long will the verification process take?

Applying for Aid

  1. How do I apply for financial aid?

    To apply for federal, state, and institutional financial aid, you must complete the FAFSA. You can complete it online here. You can obtain a paper FAFSA by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID. This form will ask for your tax information and, if you are dependent, your parents' tax information. If your parents are married you must supply information for both of them. If they are divorced, you should provide information for the parent who provides you with the most financial support. If your supporting parent is remarried, you must also include your stepparent’s information. This form should be completed by the beginning of February the year you plan on attending school. You should complete the FAFSA prior to each year you plan to be enrolled. You and your parents can file the FAFSA before filing federal income tax forms. You should use estimated income information. Your information can be corrected after your taxes are filed as needed. When filing the FAFSA you should list Ohio University’s school code of 003100. If you will be attending a regional campus, you should use the appropriate regional campus code. This will ensure that Ohio University receives the results of your FAFSA and processes your financial aid according to your eligibility. Allow plenty of time for processing the FAFSA as it can take up to six weeks to process.

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  2. What is a first priority deadline?

    Ohio University must receive the results of your FAFSA by our first priority deadline of March 15 each year in order for you to be considered for all available financial aid. This is not the date by which you must mail the FAFSA or submit it online. We must have already received your FAFSA results in order for you to be considered first-priority. If you file a paper FAFSA, you should allow up to six weeks for processing. If you file online, you should allow up to four weeks.

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  3. Is there anything I can do if I miss the first priority deadline?

    If Ohio University does not receive the results of your FAFSA by our first priority deadline of March 15 you will not be considered for all financial aid available. If the CPS or Ohio University made an error in loading your FAFSA results, we may be able to take that into consideration. Very few exceptions are made.

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  4. What is a Student Aid Report (SAR) and do I need to send it back?

    The Student Aid Report (SAR) is a report of the information you provided on the FAFSA. You should review this information carefully for accuracy. If it is correct, do not send it back. File it for your records. Ohio University may later need to see your SAR. If you find incorrect information or you originally used estimated information and need to report actual figures, make your changes on the SAR and send it to Ohio University. Ohio University will need your or your parent’s signed tax forms to process the changes.

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  5. How can I be considered independent?

    To be considered an independent student when completing the FAFSA you must meet one of the following criteria: be married at the time you are filing; have a child or other legal dependents for whom you, personally, provide more than 50% of the support for that child or legal dependent and be able to document that support. A student is an orphan only when both biological parents are deceased. A ward of the court is someone whose guardianship has been placed with a court system or government agency, not necessarily someone who has a legal guardian or has been in foster care. A ward of the court must also have had that status until age 18.

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  6. Can I appeal my dependency?

    There is a Dependency Appeal process; however, only appeals with well-documented parental estrangement are approved. Being financially independent of your parents does not allow you to be independent for financial aid purposes. Parents unwillingness to complete the FAFSA is also not a reason a student can become independent. You must contact your assigned financial aid counselor to discuss your situation and obtain a Dependency Appeal Form if appropriate.

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  7. What is Ohio University’s school code and where do I enter it?

    Ohio University's school code is 003100. This code must be entered on the FAFSA. Even if you are planning on attending one of the Ohio University Regional Campuses, you enter the school code for the regional campus you will be attending. Those school codes are as follows:
    Athens Campus
    003100
    Eastern Campus
    003101
    Chillicothe Campus
    003102
    Southern Campus
    003103
    Lancaster Campus
    003104
    Zanesville Campus
    003108

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  8. I made a mistake on my FAFSA; how do I fix it?

    If you find incorrect information on your FAFSA or you originally used estimated information and need to report actual figures, make your changes on your SAR and send it to Ohio University. Ohio University will need your or your parent's signed tax forms to process the changes. Do not send your SAR to the CPS.

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  9. How much does it cost to attend Ohio University?

    Visit the Bursar's site for up-to-date information on tuition and fees.

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Awarding

  1. What is an overaward?

    An overaward occurs when a student's need based financial aid exceeds his or her calculated financial need (as determined by the student's cost of attendance and results of the FAFSA) or all financial aid exceeds the student's cost of attendance. This is described as an overaward as financial aid is designed to help a student pay only expenses associated with financing his or her education and should not exceed that cost. Changes in the following areas can cause an overaward situation: campus of attendance, housing plans, enrollment status, FAFSA information, residency classification, student type (undergraduate, graduate, non-degree), SAP status, or additional financial aid awards or resources. If a student is in an overaward situation, Ohio University will modify their award as necessary and send an email notification to the student.

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  2. Do I need to return my award letter?

    You do not need to return your paper or online Award Letter to accept aid. You may return your award offer if you wish to reduce or cancel any of your financial aid awards or to cancel awards for particular quarters. Students who have completed a Master Promissory Note in prior award years may also choose to reduce or cancel student loans from the website of the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

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  3. Why is my aid different this year than last year?

    Each year students are required to complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA reflects the prior year's tax information. As your or your parent's income and asset information changes from year to year your financial aid eligibility may change. In addition to changes in your FAFSA information, your aid can be affected by changes in funding received by Ohio University at the federal, state or university levels. Another factor could be the time that you filed your FAFSA. Students who meet Ohio University's first priority deadline of March 15 are considered for all financial aid Ohio University offers. If you filed by the deadline in a previous year and filed after the deadline this year, you may not have been offered certain grants and loans that you previously received. If that is the case, you can contact or visit our office and asked to be put on a waiting list for additional aid.

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  4. Can I have more aid?

    A student's award package can include scholarships, federal grants, state grants, institutional grants, loan assistance, and employment. Not all students receive all types of financial aid. If you meet the March 15 priority deadline, you may receive a more attractive award package than if you apply later. If additional financial aid becomes available throughout the award year, the OSFAS re-awards that financial aid. If you do not receive a particular type of aid which you thought you should qualify for, you can contact us to discuss the eligibility criteria and possibly be put on wait list.

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  5. How is financial need determined?

    A student's financial need is determined by using the EFC derived from the FAFSA.\ The EFC takes into account the number of people in a student's household and the number of people in college. It considers the student's income and assets as well. For a dependent student, the EFC considers the income and assets of the student's parent(s) as well. Every student also has a student budget as determined by Ohio University. The student budget consists of actual tuition and an allowance for room, board, books, transportation, and personal expenses. Financial need is defined as the difference between the student's budget and the EFC. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that the student will receive enough need-based aid to cover all the student's need. Aid that applies against need includes grants, scholarships, fee waivers, Federal Perkins loans, and subsidized loans The remainder of the student's budget may be covered by a Parent Loan (PLUS), alternative loan from a private lender, or an unsubsidized loan depending on the student's eligibility.

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  6. Can I adjust my budget?

    A student's budget consists of costs for tuition and fees, room and board, personal and transportation expenses, and books. If a student spends more in a particular area, such as rent, than the amount we budget for the student, it may be possible to increase that student's budget. In order to increase a student budget, you must make an appointment with your assigned financial aid counselor and bring documentation of your educationally-related expenses. A student's budget may also be increase for a one-time computer purchase. To make this adjustment we would need an estimate or receipt to verify the computer expense. The estimate/receipt needs to include the name of the seller, the description of the personal computer, the cost of the equipment, and the payment type. If we increase a student's budget based on an estimate, we do require a copy of the receipt within 30 days. We will not increase a student's budget for computers purchased prior to the current academic year. Remember that increasing a student's budget does not guarantee additional financial aid.

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  7. What is the maximum income limit for financial aid?

    The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships uses the results of the FAFSA to determine a student's eligibility for need-based federal and institutional financial aid. Although there is no maximum income limit for financial aid, students with a lower EFC are typically eligible for more financial aid resources than students whose EFC is higher. The governing agency of the state has a separate formula for determining a student's eligibility for state grants.

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  8. When will I get an award letter?

    Initial award letters for prospective freshman are sent around April 1 of each year. Currently enrolled students will be sent an e-mail beginning in mid-May telling them when their award letters are available online. All eligible applicants who complete the FAFSA will receive an award offer.

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  9. Who is eligible for aid?

    To receive Title IV federal aid (Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Student Loan, Federal Work Study, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, or Federal Perkins Loan) and institutional grant aid a student must meet the following requirements: be a U.S. citizen, a national, or permanent resident of the U.S., or be in the U.S. for other than a temporary purpose; comply with U.S. Selective Service registration requirements; be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree program (teacher certification or preparatory coursework cases should be discussed with a financial aid administrator); be making Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by Ohio University and the OSFAS; not be in default on a Federal Loan; not owe any repayment on any Title IV funds; and have a valid Social Security Number. Some types of financial aid as well as most federal and institutional grants are not available if you have already received a bachelor's degree.

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  10. For what aid are international students eligible?

    Federal financial assistance is only available to citizens of the United States. The inside cover of the FAFSA discusses international student financial aid eligibility. It states that only citizens and eligible noncitizens may receive financial aid. An eligible noncitizen is someone who is a US permanent resident and has an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-551), a conditional permanent resident (I-551C), or an other eligible noncitizen with an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) stamped with refugee, asylum granted, indefinite parole, humanitarian parole, or Cuban-Haitian Entrant. If you have only an F1, F2, J1, or J2 student or work visa you are not eligible for federal student aid. For freshmen, completing an application for admissions automatically applies you for all available freshmen scholarships. The requirements for these scholarships are based on test scores from the ACT and/or the SAT and having a minimum high school GPA of 3.0. Also, for you to be eligible for such scholarships, you must apply and be admitted to Ohio University by February 1 of the year you plan to attend. If you will be transferring from another school, your transfer application serves as your application for all available transfer scholarships. The deadline for admittance is May 15. To be considered for transfer scholarships, you must have completed at least 45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours or course work with a minimum grade point average of a 3.5 or higher. For graduate students, academic departments award graduate scholarships and stipends. You should contact your department for more details.

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  11. What aid can an external degree/correspondence student receive?

    Students pursuing external/correspondence coursework at Ohio University are eligible to be considered for the Federal Pell Grant and Federal Direct Loans only. If you have received an award offer from Ohio University and have not been working individually with your financial aid counselor, your award offer most likely reflects the awards for which you would be eligible if you attend Ohio University on site and not as a correspondence student. Correspondence students are eligible for financial aid for the cost of tuition and fees and books only. This means that you will not receive a refund check to help with other costs such as your room, board, or transportation. Your award offer is based upon your cost of attendance, which is dependent upon the number of credit hours for which you enroll. Thus, your award offer cannot be finalized until your counselor has determined your awards based on your cost of attendance.

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  12. Why is the aid Ohio University offered different than aid I was offered at other schools?

    Financial aid offers can be different from one institution to another for many reasons. Some types of financial aid are awarded based on criteria established by the institution, such as institutional financial aid. Funding for some federal programs is limited. Institutions receive an allocation, or set amount, for each of the campus based aid programs (Federal Work Study, Federal Perkins Loan, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant) from the Department of Education. Since schools receive different allocation amounts, institutions will have different rules and methods for awarding their allocation of limited funding. Institutions also have different costs of attendance which can change a student's eligibility for need based financial aid funding and can affect the total amount of financial aid offered from one institution to the next.

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  13. I am going to transfer to/from Ohio University, what do I need to do?

    If you wish to transfer to Ohio University, you need to add Ohio University's school code of 003100 to your FAFSA. You can do this by sending us the first page of your SAR with a note saying "Add OU". You can also call the CPS at 1-800-433-3243 and add our school code over the phone. We will not be able to process the results of your FAFSA until you have applied to Ohio University. Once your admission's application is processed, we will begin the process of determining your financial aid eligibility. We will take into consideration the financial aid you received at your previous university in this process.

    If you are transferring from Ohio University to another university you should contact our office to make us aware that you will not be attending for the remaining quarters in the academic year.

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  14. How many credit hours do I need to receive my full grant amounts?

    In order to receive the full amount of your Pell Grant, SEOG, OUG, OUBA, or OUAG, you must be enrolled in at least twelve credit hours. These awards will be prorated for less than full-time enrollment. If you will be enrolled less than half-time, you will not be eligible for an SEOG, OUG, OUBA, or OUAG, you will still be able to receive a less than half-time Pell award.

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  15. My sibling attends another school, why is my aid different?

    It is possible that your sibling may be eligible for different forms of financial aid than you are if he or she is attending another university. Your sibling may have a different EFC than you. This is because your EFC is comprised of your parental contribution and your contribution. You and your sibling should have the same parental contribution, but your student contribution will differ according to specific income and assets. Your aid may also be different because schools distribute the funds they are given by the Department of Education differently. Each school has a different allocation of Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Bobcat Grant and Federal Work-Study Funds. Given the nature of these allocations, a student may receive an award at one school and not at another. Also, schools have various institutional funds that are only available at that particular university, such as the Ohio University Bobcat Grant and the Ohio University Access Grant. These funds are limited and are distributed by university policies.

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Co-Ops & Internships

  1. Am I still eligible to receive aid while completing a co-op?

    If you are on an official university co-op program, such as in the College of Engineering, then you can receive your Federal Pell Grant, Federal Campus-Based Aid, Federal Direct Student Loans and any Ohio University Scholarships you have been awarded. To receive your loan and/or scholarship the following criteria must be met:
    • The work experience must be full time,
    • You must register for one hour of co-op credit, and
    • The co-op must be approved by the Dean's Office of your college.
    We must have written verification from the Dean's Office of your college that these three criteria are met.

    If you are receiving any outside scholarships, it is up to the agency awarding you the scholarship as to whether or not you can use it for a co-op.

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  2. Am I able to use my aid while completing an internship?

    If you have an Ohio University undergraduate scholarship, you must meet the following requirements to use your scholarship while doing an internship:
    • The work experience must be full time,
    • You must register for one hour of internship credit, and
    • The internship must be approved by the Dean's Office of your college.
    We need to have verification in writing from your Dean's Office that these three criteria are met.

    If you are a graduate student, you must either be registered for at least 5 graduate hours in order to receive any Federal Direct Student Loans, or if you completing a clinical internship or practicum which is required for graduation in your program and is equivalent to being enrolled at least half time, your department chair and dean must complete a form entitled "Graduate Internship/Practicum Verification Form" in order for us to be able to disburse any student loans. This form is available from the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

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Disbursement

  1. How/why do I get a refund?

    A refund is sent to a student when the student's financial aid is greater than his or her charges for a particular quarter. For example, if a student has a Pell grant for $1250 per quarter, another grant for $600, and a subsidized loan for $1815 (net amount) per quarter the student's total aid would be $3665. If that student's charges total $2969 for that quarter, the student would receive a refund for $696. All university charges are paid for with a student's financial aid, including room and meal plan costs. Refunds can be used to purchase books, pay for off-campus housing and meals, provide necessary transportation, and pay for personal expenses.

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  2. How much will my refund be?

    To determine the amount of your refund, you should compare your university charges with your anticipated financial aid. In most cases, this is evident on your university account statement. You can access your account statement online at the Bursar's site. You can also use your online award letter to review your financial aid. The online award letter can be accessed from the Financial Aid site. If you have financial aid on your award letter that is not appearing as an anticipated credit on your account statement, you may need to complete additional paperwork, register for additional credit hours, or complete an online process for that award. Requirements for each award are explained on the award letter.

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  3. When will I receive my refund?

    You will receive your refund faster if you sign up for direct deposit through the Bursar's Office. Refunds made by direct deposit begin the first day of each quarter and continue to be made daily. Refund checks are mailed to students starting the first Friday of the quarter and continue on a weekly basis. To receive a refund promptly, students must be registered in the appropriate number of credit hours two weeks prior to the quarter opening. Students must also have completed all necessary paperwork or online procedures at this time as well. Requirements for each award are explained on the award letter.

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  4. How do I know if/when all of my aid is disbursed?

    You will receive an email each time funds are disbursed to your account. The email will list the type and amount of each financial aid award. If you are not sure whether all of your aid has disbursed, you can access your online award letter from the Financial Aid site and compare your awards to your disbursement email(s). If you have an award that has not disbursed, you may need to complete additional paperwork, register in additional credit hours, or complete an online process or form.

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  5. Why hasn't my financial aid/scholarship disbursed?

    • Loans — If you are a first-time loan borrower, in order for your loan to disburse you must have completed Entrance Counseling and completed the EMPN. They can also be done online at https://www.dl.ed.gov/ and https://dlenote.ed.gov/. If you have not completed your EMPN, your loan will not disburse. If you cannot do an EMPN and need a paper promissory note, please contact our office. If you have received loans previously at Ohio University and your loan has not disbursed for this quarter, you may need to complete online confirmation. You must also be enrolled at least half-time to receive student loans.
    • Scholarships — If your scholarship has not disbursed, you are probably not registered in sufficient hours. Many scholarships require that a student register in 16 hours per quarter. Certain scholarships are also specific to a particular Ohio University campus. If a student was mistakenly awarded an Athens campus scholarship and is attending a regional campus, the scholarship will not disburse.
    • Grants — The Ohio Instructional Grant will not disburse unless a student is enrolled full-time. The Pell grant will disburse a pro-rated amount for any number of hours. The SEOG and Ohio University grants will disburse pro-rated amounts for half-time and three-quarter time.

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  6. What happens if I drop a class during the add/drop period and I've already received a refund?

    If you received a refund at the beginning of the quarter and your enrollment status as of the fifteenth day of classes has now changed, your financial aid will be adjusted. Your aid will be reduced if your status changed to three-quarter time or half time status. If you have dropped below half time status, all of your aid, except for the Pell grant, will be deleted. Your university fees will be reassessed based on your new enrollment and you will be billed for any refund amount that you were paid for the higher enrollment status.

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  7. What will happen to my aid if I drop a class after the add/drop period?

    Nothing will happen to your aid at this particular time. Your charges will not be reduced and you will be paying for the original number of hours you were enrolled for in that term. You will be receiving a grade of WP/WF for the classes your drop at this time. This may affect your Satisfactory Academic Progress status at the end of the academic year.

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  8. What will happen if I withdraw from OU?

    If you withdraw from the university during, what is considered as, the first 60% of the quarter, your financial aid will be adjusted depending on the Federal Refund Calculation. This is a calculation that is processed by the Office of the Bursar. This office will review what your charges you are responsible for and what financial aid you are eligible to receive at the time of your withdrawal. Your aid may be reduced or canceled based on this process and you may owe a balance to the University. You will be notified by the Office of the Bursar as to the outcome of this process. It will take several weeks for this to be finalized.

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Loans

  1. What is the difference between Stafford subsidized and unsubsidized loans?

    Students must demonstrate financial need to receive a Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan. Ohio University will determine whether you qualify for this loan based on the results of your FAFSA. The federal government pays the interest on a Subsidized Loan while students are in school at least half-time and during periods of grace and deferment. Students can qualify for an Unsubsidized Loan regardless of financial need, but will have to pay all interest charges. Students have the option of allowing interest to accrue until they enter repayment or making an interest only payment quarterly to the Direct Loan Servicing Center.

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  2. Why do I need to complete Entrance Loan Counseling?

    Ohio University is required to provide Loan Entrance Counseling to all first-time student loan borrowers before we disburse a student loan. Loan Entrance Counseling is a short online tutorial that explains to you the necessity of repaying your Direct Loans. It gives you an explanation of the consequences if you fail to repay these loans and also helps you budget your money while in school. Your loans will not disburse until you have completed Entrance Counseling. You must only complete Entrance Counseling once.

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  3. Why do I need to complete Exit Loan Counseling?

    Ohio University is required to provide student loan borrowers with additional loan counseling before they graduate from school. You will receive an email instructing you to complete Exit Loan Counseling on the Web the quarter you apply for graduation. Exit Loan Counseling gives you the opportunity to give current address information and personal references. You only have to complete Exit Loan Counseling once.

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  4. Why hasn't my Stafford loan (subsidized or unsubsidized) disbursed?

    In order for your loan to disburse, you must have completed the following:
    • Registered for at least half-time enrollment.
    • Accepted your loan through online confirmation if you are not a first-time borrower.
    • Completed a Master Promissory Note (MPN), if this is the first year you have borrowed.
    • Completed Loan Entrance Counseling if you are a first-time borrower.
    If you have not completed one of the steps listed above, your loan will not disburse for that reason. You must also have returned all other documentation requested by our office.

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  5. Why hasn't my Perkins loan disbursed?

    In order for your Perkins loan to disburse, you must return the Perkins promissory note and confidential information sheet. You must be registered at least half-time, maintain satisfactory academic progress, and have a final admit status on your university admission's application. You must also have returned all other documentation requested by our office.

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  6. Why hasn't my parent loan (PLUS) disbursed?

    The most common reason preventing the parent loan from disbursing is that we have not received your Parent Loan (PLUS) Pre-Application and/or the PLUS electronic Master Promissory Note. If we do have your Pre-Application and electronic Master Promissory Note, your loan may have not disbursed because the credit check (which is performed by the loan servicing center) has not been approved.

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  7. How do I receive my Alternative Loan funds?

    Alternative Loan funds are sent to our office via check or Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Once we have verified that you are enrolled for the appropriate number of hours and are eligible for the funds, we forward the funds to the Office of the Bursar, in Chubb Hall 010. You will be sent an e-mail notifying you to endorse the alternative loan check, if necessary. Alternative loan funds are applied to your student account and if this creates a credit balance, you will receive a refund check from Ohio University.

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  8. How can I accept my Stafford loans?

    You may accept, reduce or decline your loans by visiting our website and clicking on "online services" then "Student Loan Decisions". You will need your Oak username and password to complete this process.

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  9. How do I increase/reduce my Stafford loans?

    If you have not yet confirmed your loans, you may reduce them online. If you have already completed this process and need a loan adjustment (increase or decrease), you will need to email your request to financial.aid.loan@ohio.edu. Please be sure to include your full name and Ohio University PID or date of birth with your request.

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  10. Why was I offered this amount in a Stafford loan?

    Your loan amount is based on your accumulated hours, student status, and the type of degree you pursue. You cannot increase these amounts even if you are declining a parent loan (PLUS). The only way you can receive an additional unsubsidized loan amount is if you are independent or your PLUS is declined due to an adverse credit check.

    Your Stafford loan is based on accumulated credit hours:
    • 00-44 hours — $3500 per year
    • 45-89 hours — $4500 per year
    • 90-graduation — $5500 per year
    • Graduate students — $8500 per year

    Students pursuing an associate degree may borrow:
    • 00-44 hours — $3500 per year
    • 45-graduation — $4500 per year

    If you are an independent student, you may borrow an additional unsubsidized loan:
    • 00-89 hours — $4000 per year
    • 90-graduation — $5000 per year
    • Graduate students — $12,000 per year

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  11. I'm trying to complete Entrance Counseling, but I don't have a PIN. What do I do?

    After you have read though the Entrance Counseling Website you must complete the quiz. There are two options for entering your information. You may login with a PIN or you may login without a PIN (get your pin). If you choose to login without a PIN, you will be prompted to enter your name, social security number, and birth date. You must then enter a school. On the list of schools, you must choose Ohio University, Athens. Follow the instructions to finish Entrance Counseling.

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SAP

  1. What is SAP?

    SAP is a measurement of your academic performance and one of many requirements to maintain eligibility for financial aid. SAP consists of three different components: grade point average, minimum credit hours, and maximum time frame. Students who fail to meet SAP standards are notified by mail and given a warning period to correct their deficiency. If a student does not meet SAP standards after his or her warning period, he or she will become ineligible to receive financial aid. Correspondence sent to students regarding SAP should be carefully reviewed.

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  2. How do I appeal my SAP status?

    If you have become ineligible to receive financial aid due to SAP, you may have the right to appeal your status. Each summer, the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships sends appeals to students who have become ineligible for aid. Appeals may be submitted to our office for review by the SAP committee. You must submit your SAP appeal to our office within the first 21 class days of the quarter you would like to attend. Appeals submitted after that will not be considered until the next quarter. If your appeal is approved, you must meet all SAP standards during this extended period. If you fail to meet the criteria again, you will be denied further aid. There is a second chance to appeal. This can be done by writing a letter of appeal to the Director of the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

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  3. How long does it take to process a SAP appeal?

    Generally, SAP appeals are reviewed by our committee within three business days and appeal results are sent via mail the next business day. However, during peak periods (summer months and the first three weeks of each quarter) processing time may be as long as five business days.

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  4. What are the deadlines for submitting a SAP appeal?

    During the Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarter, students have the first 21 days of classes to submit an appeal to the Office of Student Financial Aid. SAP appeals are accepted through the last day of classes during the Summer Quarter.

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Scholarships

  1. When will I know if I am getting a scholarship?

    The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships begins mailing out Award Letters to prospective freshmen approximately April 1 and to notify via email all other students approximately May 15.

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  2. How do I apply and what are the criteria for freshmen scholarships?

    To be considered for one of Ohio University's academic scholarships, you must have your application for admission on file by February 1. The application for admission also serves as your scholarship application — no separate form is required. Scholarship decisions will be based on a student's academic record (minimum 3.0 g.p.a. and ACT/SAT I). Specific criteria for Ohio University's incoming freshmen renewable scholarship program can be found online. Additionally, freshmen are considered for endowed scholarships. While test scores and class rank are considered, these awards are often based on financial need or require the recipient to be from a particular city or county or to have graduated from a particular high school. The values of these awards vary. No additional application is necessary, although to be considered for some awards you must file a FAFSA.

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  3. How do I apply and what are the criteria for upperclassmen scholarships?

    All currently enrolled students, including students who are freshmen during the current academic year, must complete the OU Online Scholarship Application to be considered for scholarships for the next academic year. The first priority application period will be the beginning of winter quarter through the end of winter quarter. The application can be accessed through the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships' webpage.

    To be considered for the Deans Scholarship, applicants must typically have:
    • accumulated a GPA of at least 3.4 at the end of winter quarter;
    • earned at least 32 credit hours in the fall and winter of the current academic year (and be enrolled in at least 16 hours in spring quarter); and
    • completed a minimum of two quarters at Ohio University.
    Students who don’t meet the criteria for the Deans Scholarship should still apply; GPA requirements for many endowed scholarships vary.

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  4. If I did not get a scholarship this year, what should I do?

    It is wise to apply for scholarships annually to assure that you are considered for all possible awards. Each academic year includes a new pool of applicants and a new cycle of awards. Having not received a scholarship in the current academic year does not keep you from being considered for one in the next academic year. Continue to take and earn at least 16 hours each quarter, maintain your best possible GPA and apply for scholarships annually.

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  5. How many credit hours do I need to receive my scholarships?

    Many academic scholarships at Ohio University's Athens Campus, it is required that you maintain enrollment in 16 hours per quarter to assure that the scholarship credits your account. Many outside agency scholarships require 12 credit hours per quarter. Your Student Financial Aid and Scholarships Award Letter should specify your hours requirement.

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  6. Is my scholarship renewable?

    Unless you receive a letter that specifically states that your award is renewable, your award is not renewable. If you do have a renewable scholarship, the letter you receive should also specify the GPA and hours requirements that you must meet for the award to be renewed.

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  7. What do I do if I get an outside agency scholarship?

    All checks and correspondence should be forwarded to the address below. Since most checks are co-payable to you and OU, both parties must endorse the check before it can be applied to your account.
    Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships
    ATTN: Outside Scholarships
    020 Chubb Hall
    Athens, OH 45701
    Fax: 740-593-4140

    If you have an award notice, but have not yet received the check, mail or fax a photocopy (which clearly indicates your full name and Ohio University PID Number or date of birth) of your outside agency or community award notice to Outside Scholarships at the address above. Once you receive the check, you should then send it to Outside Scholarships. Your award will be divided evenly over our periods of enrollment. For example, a $1500 award will be disbursed $500 fall quarter, $500 winter quarter and $500 spring quarter. For the award to be applied differently (for example, to a single quarter), we must have written permission from the scholarship donor. Each applicant for federal student aid has a calculated financial need and a total cost of attendance. Federal aid, including Federal Direct Loans, must not exceed these limits. If an outside or home community scholarship arrives after federal, state and university aid has been awarded, it may be necessary to reduce other aid, especially loans.

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Special Circumstances/Change of Income

  1. What can I do if my financial situation changes after I apply for aid?

    If you (or your family) experience a change in your financial situation after you have completed the FAFSA, you should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships to explain your circumstances to your financial aid advisor. If your (or your family's) income for the current tax year will be less than the income reported on the FAFSA, you may be eligible to complete a Change of Income (COI). This form allows us to use an estimate of your current year income to re-evaluate your aid eligibility. Even if changes are made to your eligibility, additional aid is not guaranteed.

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  2. My parents have divorced since I filed my FAFSA, what can I do?

    In cases of divorce, you should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships to request a Change of Income Form. This form, along with the documentation you will be asked to submit, allows our office to re-evaluate your financial situation and possibly adjust your financial aid eligibility. Even if changes are made to your eligibility, additional aid is not guaranteed.

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  3. What if I have other special circumstances?

    Although many families endure strains on their income, only some circumstances can be considered when evaluating a student's financial aid eligibility. For example, the amount that a student or parent pays monthly for a home or vehicle is already taken into consideration in the formula used to determine eligibility. Although these will vary in families, extraordinarily high expenses cannot be taken into consideration for additional eligibility. Expenses such as having more than one child in college or having numerous people in your household are already included in the formula as well. Other expenses that cannot be considered are tuition paid for students in private primary or secondary schooling, unless the schooling is due to a child's disability. Some items that may be taken into consideration are exceedingly high medical expenses, a parent's tuition costs, or, in some cases, bankruptcy payments. If you have once of these special circumstance you should contact your assigned financial aid advisor.

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  4. How long does the Change of Income process take?

    Generally, a Change of Income (COI) form takes three to four week to process. During times when our office is experiencing a high volume of requests (often in the Summer months), the process may take as long as five to six weeks. Make sure you are attentive to any notices regarding additional documentation needed for your COI, this may reduce processing time.

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  5. How do I apply for a Change of Income?

    To apply for a Change of Income, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

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Short-Term Loans

  1. Can I apply for a short term loan?

    The purpose of a university Short Term Loan (STL) is to provide temporary cash for educational expenses for a brief period of time until other resources become available. An STL is normally paid back the same quarter it is borrowed.

    To be eligible to borrow a STL, you must have a guaranteed source of repayment and meet all eligibility requirements. A guaranteed source of repayment includes financial aid that has not been disbursed, employment, veteran's benefits, a graduate stipend, or funds from a foreign country.

    The eligibility requirements include the following: a 2.00 accumulative g.p.a. for an undergraduate or a 3.00 for a graduate student and/or you must be making satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, must be officially registered as at least a half-time student (6 credit hours for undergraduates and 5 for graduate students), must have a satisfactory repayment history if you have had previous STLs, and the STL application must be accompanied by any required documentation.

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  2. My short-term loan is due, can I get an extension?

    You need to contact the Office of the Bursar, 015 Chubb Hall, 740-593-9932, or e-mail disbursements@ohio.edu to get further information about requesting an extension.

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Student Employment

  1. How do I find a job?

    There are several ways to find a job on the Ohio University Campus. When you complete the FAFSA form you are automatically considered for Federal Work-Study (FWS). If you qualify for FWS at Ohio University it will be included on your financial aid award letter.

    If you are not FWS eligible you may still be eligible for the Program to Aid Career Exploration (PACE). PACE is a program unique to Ohio University that allows upper-class students to work internship-like jobs on campus, while earning money for their education. To determine whether you are eligible for PACE and to learn about the program go here.

    All students who are currently enrolled are eligible to find employment through the Centralized Student Employment System (CSES). Both on and off campus employers post jobs to CSES and those can be viewed here.

    Lastly, some university units, such as the dining halls, the physical plant and the library hire students independently of our office. To inquire about positions with these units you should contact them directly.

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  2. Am I federal work-study (FWS) eligible?

    Any student demonstrating financial need is eligible for FWS. Unfortunately, Federal Work-Study funds are limited and as such only those eligible students demonstrating the most financial need are awarded FWS. To be considered for FWS make sure your FAFSA is on file with our office by the first priority packaging date, March 15. If you are not initially awarded FWS you can contact our office and ask to be put on the waiting list, however, there is no guarantee the individuals on this list will be awarded FWS.

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  3. Is it easy to find a job on campus?

    Searching for a job on the Ohio University campus can require some persistence but will almost always bear fruit if the student is diligent. Students can use the Financial Aid Web Page, the Jobs board in the financial aid office and local newspapers to help them in their search for employment. In addition, there is a new e-mail list-serv which will keep students apprised of all new job postings through CSES. You will need your OAK ID and password to subscribe here.

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  4. What is PACE?

    The Program to Aid Career Exploration (PACE) provides academically qualified students who are in need of funds for education to earn money while gaining valuable career-oriented work experience. Students typically apply for PACE during the spring quarter for employment during the next school year. PACE positions are part-time (typically 10 hours a week) and pay $7.30 per hour. To find out more about PACE and see if you are eligible visit PACE on-line.

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  5. Can I keep my FWS/PACE job next year?

    Students can continue working in the same FWS job every year as long as their supervisors want for them to come back and they continue to demonstrate need when they complete their Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSAs). FWS Students will be reassigned to their position from the previous year unless they request otherwise.

    PACE students are not permitted to return to the same position that they held in a previous year. Since PACE positions are limited and there are more applicants than positions, each PACE position should be filled with a different individual each year. Students are permitted to hold a new PACE position each year, they are simply not permitted to return to the same position.

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  6. How do I apply for FWS/PACE?

    To apply for FWS students must complete the FAFSA as early as possible (preferably in January) and indicate on the FAFSA that they are interested in work opportunities. If the student is eligible for FWS, they will be informed in their financial aid award notification.

    To apply for PACE students must have earned at least 30 hours, have at least a 2.3 GPA and demonstrate the need for earnings. The ideal time to apply for PACE is during the spring quarter. To find out whether you are eligible for PACE go here.

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  7. How many hours am I permitted to work as a student employee?

    No student in any of Ohio University's employment programs is permitted to work more than 20 hours per week/40 hours per pay period during periods of enrollment. PACE students are limited to 100 hours per quarter. Federal Work-Study Students are limited to the number of hours indicated in the packet sent to the supervisor. CSES students are permitted to work full time over breaks at the discretion of their departments. FWS and PACE students are permitted to work over breaks only by special permission from our office.

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Study Abroad

  1. Is additional aid available if I study abroad?

    If the costs for your study abroad program are greater than our standard budget allowance for the same quarter or quarters, we can increase your budget with appropriate documentation. If you are not already receiving the maximum in your Federal Direct Student Loan, your loan amount could be increased. Also, a parent could apply for a parent loan (PLUS) to cover the extra costs. An alternative loan through a private lender is another option. You also may want to look for outside scholarships. The Office of Education Abroad may be able to assist you, and you may want to try a scholarship search such as FastWeb.

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  2. What steps do I need to take for my aid to disburse while I study abroad?

    It is critical that you complete all requirements to receive your aid before you leave. Those requirements may include completing a loan promissory note, confirming your loan on the web, and making sure the Office of the Registrar and the Office of Bursar have your correct address. We encourage all students to sign up for direct deposit.

    If you are studying abroad on an official Ohio University exchange program or by enrolling at another American or a foreign school, you must complete and submit the Verification of Overseas Enrollment Form before your aid will be released. This form is given to you by the Office of Education Abroad to take with you and is available from their web site. You should give the form to a program official after you arrive at your destination and your classes have started. Generally, the completed form is faxed to the Office of Education Abroad. The Office of Education Abroad immediately forwards a copy to the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, which allows us to then release your aid.

    Please remember that your aid will be disbursed to you or, in some cases, to a parent in the case of a PLUS. However, we cannot make out a check to another school. It will be up to you and/or your parents to receive your aid and make payment to the other school.

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  3. I leave for my study abroad program before the quarter begins, can I get my aid earlier?

    Your financial aid will not be released until your classes have started and the Verification of Overseas Enrollment has been completed and returned, if required. If all or some of your charges must be paid in advance, we can write a letter to verify what aid you will receive and when the money will be available. As a last resort, we may be able to give you an advance on your aid through the university's Short Term Loan program.

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Verification

  1. What is the Verification process and why must I complete it?

    All universities participating in the federal aid programs are required to verify the FAFSA data of a certain number of the students who apply for aid. This is called verification. If selected, students must complete verification in order to be eligible for need-based financial aid. The verification process is completed by collecting various tax information and comparing it to the information reported on a student's FAFSA. This is not done to find fraudulent FAFSA applicants, but to find and correct common mistakes made by students and parents. When an error is found, we make a correction to the student's FAFSA information. Most schools are required to verify 30% of their student population. However, because Ohio University participates in the Quality Assurance Program, we are permitted to select our own groups of students to verify. In our verification selection criteria, we try to target student FAFSAs that appear to have errors or may be on the border of grant eligibility.

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  2. My Student Aid Report (SAR) states that I am selected for verification, what do I need to do?

    The CPS selects students for verification using pre-set criteria. However, Ohio University participates in the Quality Assurance Program, which allows our university to set its own verification parameters. This means that your SAR may say that you have been selected to complete the verification process, but Ohio University may not select you to complete verification. In turn, your SAR may not state that you are selected for verification, but Ohio University may choose to verify you. You will receive notification shortly after we receive the results of your FAFSA if you are selected to complete verification at Ohio University.

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  3. Do I have to complete verification?

    If you have been selected for verification, you must return all required documents for that process. If you refuse to complete verification, you will not be eligible for any need-based financial aid.

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  4. How long will the verification process take?

    We will notify you via a letter or email telling you what information we need in order to complete verification. This notification is typically sent when we receive the results of your FAFSA. We will then send a second notification after 30 days and a third notification 30 days from that point. Once we receive all documents needed, we will compare your tax information to your FAFSA. If the information is correct or within a $400 difference, verification is complete and your aid will be awarded. If we need to make corrections to your FAFSA, it will take seven to ten days to receive the corrections back. At that time, we will complete verification and your aid will be awarded.

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