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October 01, 2018 : Filling Out Financial Aid Form is First Key Step in College Process



The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form is available to give prospective students the ability to qualify for loans and grants. Students may begin filing on October 1 and can find this year’s FAFSA form online at - Important - Use Code #003104 - OHIO University Lancaster.


To apply for federal student aid, grants, work-study, and loans, students need to complete the FAFSA form. Completing and submitting the FAFSA form is free and it gives students access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college.


“The FAFSA is a requirement to apply for all federal financial aid and many state programs,” said Andy Ellinger, marketing manager and adjunct professor of journalism for Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington. “Most local scholarship applications require that the FAFSA is completed as well.  So, this is an opportunity to get help with financing your college education.”


In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.


The FAFSA is the key to funding a college education and helping families to overcome financial barriers that otherwise prevent students from attending the institution they want to.  Studies show that a student is 50% more likely to attend college when they complete the FAFSA.


“The FAFSA can sometimes confusing and overwhelming, students can contact the financial aid office at most colleges to alleviate any confusion with the FAFSA form and help students get the financial aid they need to pursue their education,” said Ellinger.


To make it an easier process this year, students will finally be able to apply for federal financial aid on their phones. The Department of Education has created an app that students can use to submit the FAFSA. A beta version of the app went live on August 15 and officials expect it to be fully functional by October 1, when students can begin applying for financial aid for the 2019-2020 school year. The app is called My Student Aid.

Students may begin filing on October 1 and can find this year’s FAFSA form online at


Over 2,500 students enroll each semester for the resources of an Ohio University campus in Lancaster and the convenience of two locations in Fairfield County – Lancaster and the Pickerington Center (near Hill Road). Students can begin any of the more than 250 degrees Ohio University offers as well as 12 bachelor's degrees and 13 associate’s degrees that can be completed at Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington. To apply online or learn more about the options available, visit or call 740-681 3310.