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First-Priority Deadline

At Ohio University, we want to have the results of your FAFSA by March 15 for you to be considered first-priority for the federal campus-based aid programs (Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Perkins Loan and Federal Work-Study) and for Ohio University need-based grants. In order for Ohio University to receive the results of your FAFSA by our first-priority deadline, we strongly recommend that you file your FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1, but no later than February 15, even if you have to use estimated financial information. This should allow the federal government adequate time to process your FAFSA and send the results to Ohio University by March 15. If you cannot or do not file your FAFSA in time for us to receive the results by our first-priority deadline, please file as soon as you can. You will be considered for the Federal Pell Grant, student loans, etc.

Be sure to keep copies of all (both student and parent) federal income tax returns and W-2s. It is possible that the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships may need to receive signed copies of your tax returns along with other information to complete a quality assurance process called verification.

It is your responsibility to be sure that the information you reported on the FAFSA is correct. If you filed your FAFSA using estimated financial information and corrections are necessary, the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships would prefer to make those corrections for you electronically. You should submit your corrected and signed Student Aid Report (SAR) to our office along with signed copies of all applicable federal income tax returns. If you filed using FAFSA on the Web and provided an e-mail address, you will receive an e-mailed SAR. You can print your e-mailed SAR and send it to us to make corrections along with the appropriate tax returns.