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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. Ohio University does not have an institutional application for aid, but currently enrolled students must apply separately for scholarships on our web site during the spring semester.

You should file the FAFSA online at This is the fastest and most efficient way to file the FAFSA. FAFSA on the Web provides numerous edit checks that will help prevent errors. FAFSA on the Web is available beginning January 1 each year.

Ohio University has a first-priority deadline of March 15 to be considered for the most possible aid. This is the date by which we need the processed results of your FAFSA. Processing time for completing the FAFSA online takes two to four weeks, so we recommend that you file online by February 15. If you have not yet filed your taxes, you can use estimated income information rather than a completed tax return. We must receive your FAFSA results while you are enrolled and before the end of the financial aid year. The financial aid year starts with summer semester and ends with the spring semester.

You and your parent (if you are a dependent student) must use a Federal Student Aid (FSA) User ID to sign the FAFSA electronically. If you or your parent does not already have an FSA ID, apply for one at If you had previously used a Federal PIN to complete your FAFSA, you will now need to obtain an FSA ID. For more information about the FSA User ID, please visit

If you will attend the Athens campus of Ohio University, you must list the Ohio University Athens campus Federal School Code of 003100. If you are attending one of our regional campuses, you should list the appropriate regional campus school code on your FAFSA. All Ohio University Federal School Codes are as follows:



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If you prefer, you can complete the FAFSA using a paper application. A paper FAFSA is available by calling the Federal Student Aid Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).


Processing time using the paper form can be as long as six weeks and the chance of error is greatly increased leading to an even longer processing time; therefore, we encourage students and parents to obtain and use a FSA ID. If you file online but do not use your FSA ID, please be aware that you will need to print a signature page, sign the page and have a parent sign if you are a dependent student, and mail in the signature page to the federal processor.

It is important that you read the instructions before completing your FAFSA because the instructions should answer most of your questions. However, if after reading the instructions that accompany the FAFSA, you need help completing your form, there are several places you can contact to receive assistance. You can call 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243), consult your high school guidance counselor, or contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.