The following checklist is your guide to applying for and finalizing your financial aid. You can follow this step-by-step checklist to complete all requirements for receiving financial aid. For more details, review your Financial Aid Offer or review the Financial Aid Enclosure.
Submit your FAFSA
- Create an FSA ID – The FSA ID is the electronic signature for your FAFSA. Both the student and a parent must obtain an FSA ID to sign FAFSA upon submission.
- Complete a FAFSA – The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the only application for Federal, State, and institutional financial aid. Do not pay to complete the FAFSA. It is a free application. The FAFSA opens October 1 each year. Complete the FAFSA by OHIO's first-priority consideration date of January 15 to be considered for all available financial aid programs.
Financial Aid Offer
- Visit OHIO Student Center – login to your Student Center to review your financial aid.
- Review financial aid information in the Financial Aid Enclosure.
- Accept/Decline Loans – On your Student Center, select Accept/Decline to make loan decisions.
- View Financial Aid Details – Select each financial aid item listed on your Student Center to review the details. Make sure to review all scholarship information for renewal criteria.
- Select a Position – If you were offered Work-Study, login to Financial Aid Online Services to select a Work-Study job.
- Need a Job – Visit Student Employment to learn about jobs on campus.
Selected for Verification?
- Check your To-Do List – Any items required to complete your FAFSA processing will be listed here.
- Visit Forms – The Forms webpage will give you access to all requested forms.
- Submit all documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships via:
- Secure Portal Upload
- Mail – Chubb Hall 020, Athens, OH 45701
- Fax – 740-593-4140
Federal Loan Requirements
- Students (First-time borrowers) complete the following at https://studentaid.gov:
- Loan Agreement (MPN)
- Entrance Counseling
- Parent Borrowers (if desired), complete the following at https://studentaid.gov:
- Parent PLUS Loan application
- Complete PLUS Loan Agreement (MPN)
- Complete PLUS Counseling
Set up Direct Deposit.
- Visit Additional Payment Options to review methods of paying out-of-pocket expenses.
- Report any and all outside agency scholarships you've been awarded.