Ohio University

Completing the FAFSA

Each year, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA serves as the application for all federal, state, and institutional financial aid at Ohio University. Students can file their FAFSA online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov beginning October 1 each year. This is the fastest and most efficient way to file the FAFSA. Those without internet access, can obtain a paper FAFSA by calling the Federal Student Aid Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).

2017-2018 Ohio University FAFSA Overview (PDF)

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 www.fsaid.ed.gov
  • 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 From You Can Submit the FAFSA From Must Use Tax Information From
Summer Semester 2017 - Spring Semester 2018 October 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018 2015
Summer Semester 2018 - Spring Semester 2019 October 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019 2016


Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool reduces the chance of additional information being requested to complete your FAFSA.

Federal School Codes

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:


Campus Federal School Code



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First-Priority Deadline

Some forms of federal and institutional financial aid are limited due to funding levels. These aid programs are considered priority awards. To be considered for priority awards, students should complete the FAFSA by OHIO's first-priority consideration date of January 15. Be advised that filing the paper FAFSA can take 6-8 weeks for processing. FAFSA results must be received before or during the time of enrollment to be considered for financial aid. The financial aid award year begins in the summer semester and ends in the spring semester.

Important Links

FAFSA: https://fafsa.ed.gov

FSA ID: https://fsaid.ed.gov

Determining Dependency Status: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/dependency-status.png (infographic)

Reporting Parental Information: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/parent-info