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FAFSA Process

Financial Aid Application - FAFSA

Follow the steps below to apply for aid online using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The FAFSA application is used to apply for nearly all types of financial aid including federal, state, and college aid. The purpose of the FAFSA is to determine the families' ability to pay for college according to a federal calculation. The result is called the Effective Family Contribution (EFC). This figure is used by the financial aid office to determine how much and what types of aid may be awarded.

Incoming and transfer students should also check out additional OU scholarships by visiting Be sure to always follow OU Financial Aid Services' recommended deadlines!

For a comprehensive booklet on student financial aid review the following publication from the U.S. Department of Education, Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid available in both English and Spanish.

FAFSA Checklist

  1. Click here to obtain a U.S. Department of Education PIN number.
    The student and at least one parent of a dependent undergraduate student will need a PIN. The PIN allows you to file the FAFSA online, serves as your electronic signature and to access your federal loan history. DO NOT share this PIN with anyone!

  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at Filing the FAFSA is FREE!
    Step by step instructions are available on the FAFSA website including online help and contact information. The Federal Student Aid Information Center has extended hours and may be reached by phone at 1.800.4.FED.AID. Be sure to include OU's Title IV School Code 003184 and your intended housing plans for OU when completing the FAFSA!

  3. Review the Student Aid Report
    After completing the FAFSA, an email is sent by Federal Student Aid to the student at the email address provided on the FAFSA. This email includes a link to the Student Aid Report. The SAR includes instructions to review the information carefully and make any corrections necessary. If tax information was originally estimated, a request is sent by Federal Student Aid in mid-April to update your FAFSA information. Log into to make any corrections.
  • OU Financial Aid Services will normally receive your FAFSA results (called the Student Aid Report or SAR) 3-5 working days after completion or corrections are made.

Please visit the Financial Aid Process link now for what happens next at OU Financial Aid Services.

At any time, visit Ask the Sooners to find answers to you most frequently asked questions about financial aid, billing and payment issues!