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Completing the FAFSA

  • Financial Aid Offer Timeline

    Ohio University has begun receiving FAFSA data. While errors in FAFSA data received from the U.S. Department of Education are making headlines, OHIO's Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships is carefully reviewing FAFSA data before sending Financial Aid Offers. Later in April, OHIO expects to begin sending Financial Aid Offers to incoming students by mail to home addresses and notifications of aid offers to their OHIO email addresses. OHIO will reach out to students via email if any additional information is needed and also post requested documents to the To Do List in MyOHIO Student Center.

    We recognize this delay in receiving your Financial Aid Offer can impact your college enrollment planning. We are doing everything we can to help, including extending our deadlines and awarding select scholarships prior to receiving FAFSA data.

    We're happy to talk with you and your family more about any questions you have and provide one-on-one assistance with completing your FAFSA. Please reach out to us at 740.593.4141 or Admitted for summer? Please review your summer 2024 aid timeline and frequently asked questions.

  • 2024-25 FAFSA Submission

    While OHIO's first-priority deadline has passed, we encourage all students to submit their FAFSA as soon as possible for best consideration for aid. 

  • FAFSA Completion Help

    Choose a virtual appointment or meet with a financial aid advisor in person at Chubb Hall on the Athens campus.

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    FAFSA Filing Issues & Tips

  • Why Should You Complete the FAFSA?

    Submissions of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are down more than 40% as of late March, and yet filing a FAFSA is the single most important thing you can do to get money for college. Completing the FAFSA gives you access to federal student aid — the largest source of aid — along with state and institutional aid. FAFSA submission is also required for some scholarships at OHIO, and you don't have to have financial need to be eligible. You are not obligated to accept any types of financial aid offered, including loans. Completing the FAFSA gives you and your family financial options, so submit the FAFSA today!

2024-25 Timeline Updates Due to FAFSA Changes

OHIO is closely monitoring how changes to the 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are impacting students and families. We will post any updates to our process and timelines here to keep you informed.

  • FAFSA Launch: While the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is normally available October 1 each year, due to these significant changes, the 2024-25 FAFSA was delayed until December 31. The December release date is only applicable to the 2024-25 FAFSA. The 2025-26 FAFSA is expected to be available October 2024. 
  • Merit Scholarship Notifications: OHIO began sending merit scholarship notifications in December 2023. Because comprehensive Financial Aid Offers were delayed, OHIO sent updated scholarship notifications to recipients of the OHIO Admission Promise, OHIO Presidential Opportunity Promise and Regional Promise Awards in February.
  • FAFSA First-Priority Date: On April 1, OHIO extended the first-priority date for submission of the FAFSA to April 15. 
  • Financial Aid Offers: OHIO expects to begin sending Financial Aid Offers to incoming students in April. Aid Offers will be sent by mail to home addresses and notification of aid offers will be sent by email.
  • Deadline to Confirm Intent to Enroll at OHIO: In February, OHIO extended the deadline for incoming students to confirm their intent to enroll at OHIO to May 15. Students confirm their intent to enroll by submitting their housing contract and deposit or commuter contract. We understand the delay in Financial Aid Offers impacts families, and we expect to be flexible with families who are waiting for financial aid information to make their decision about college enrollment this fall.

Visit the FAFSA Simplification page for more information on the changes to the application process and calculation of financial aid eligibility beginning with the 2024-25 academic year. 

Those without internet access, can obtain a paper FAFSA by calling the Federal Student Aid Center at 1.800.4FED.AID (1.800.433.3243).

The 2023-24 FAFSA is still available! Complete it as soon as possible.

Items Needed to Complete the FAFSA

  • Social Security Number of Student and Parents of Dependent Students
  • Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. Citizen)
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • An FSA ID to sign electronically
  • The appropriate federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned based on the FAFSA you are completing
If You Plan to Attend College FromYou Can Submit the FAFSA FromMust Use Tax Information From
Summer Semester 2024 - Spring Semester 2025December 2023 - mid-April 20252022
Summer Semester 2023 - Spring Semester 2024October 1, 2022 - mid-April 20242021


Students will list the Federal School Code for the campus they plan to attend on the FAFSA. If you are unsure of which campus you plan to attend, please list the Athens campus Federal School Code. All Ohio University Federal School Codes are as follows:

CampusFederal School Code
Heritage College of Osteopathic MedicineE00306

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