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Financial Aid for Your Online Graduate Degree | OU Online

What is the FAFSA?

The Federal Application for Free Student Aid (FAFSA) provides more than $120 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds to help students pay for college each year and qualify for scholarships.

While the FAFSA typically opens on October 1, the 2024-2025 FAFSA has been redesigned under the FAFSA Simplification Act for a better user experience. The new FAFSA application will be available to complete by December 31, 2023.

Visit the Student Financial Center website to learn more about the 2024-2025 FAFSA changes.

Filling out a FAFSA doesn’t cost anything and usually takes less than an hour to complete. Remember, to receive aid, you must have full and clear admission into the program.

Complete your free FAFSA application

What do you need to file a FAFSA?

  • FSA ID, which you'll create at
  • OU Federal School Code: 003184
  • Social Security number
  • Driver's license
  • Bank statements W-2 forms and tax returns from two years ago*

*You may use an estimated income; however, OU may require you to verify your income.


Our financial aid advisors are here to help you succeed and provide you with the support needed to obtain educational funding.

The Department of OU Online Financial Aid has experts available to help students attend the University of Oklahoma online with peace of mind, so they can focus on their degree.


1. Fill out the FAFSA

You can fill out the FAFSA electronically on the FAFSA website, use the myStudentAid app (available in your phone’s app store), or download a FAFSA PDF form that you can fill out and mail in.


2. OU will send you an aid package

Once OU has determined your aid status, you will be sent an electronic or paper aid offer or award letter detailing the specific types of financial aid you have been awarded.

3. Review and claim your aid

To claim your aid package, you must indicate the specific forms of aid you are accepting and return the signed acceptance form to the OU Student Financial Center.

Important Deadlines

Submit FAFSA for the 2024/2025 academic yearJune 30, 2025
Apply for scholarships through CASHFebruary 1, 2024 - October 1, 2024

OU Online Tuition Calculator

At OU Online, we understand the cost of college can be overwhelming for students. Our calculator can help you estimate the tuition and fees for your online graduate program so you can create a plan to reach your educational goals.

Disclaimer: This is not a bill. This is only an estimate. Current tuition and fees are subject to change based on approval by the Oklahoma Board of Regents or as otherwise consistent with regent policy. Such modifications are applicable to students enrolled at that time as well as incoming students. This estimate is based on current rates for OU Online Graduate programs only. This is not a guarantee of future costs.

Applying for Online Financial Aid

You must submit the free Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application each year. Apply early so you can receive your official aid offer as soon as possible. When completing your FAFSA, choose the correct year, depending on when you plan to enroll in courses. 

Complete Your FAFSA

Financial Aid Limitations

Financial Aid is limited in some programs as federal regulation prohibits funding students pursuing licensure or seeking certification.

For example, only coursework in the Master of Human Relations standard degree program, up to 36 hours or degree completion, is eligible for aid. For the Clinical and Mental Health Counseling degree, aid is available up to 60 hours.

If you have questions about financial aid for your program, contact your advisor.

Military Benefits

If you are military-affiliated and have questions about military benefits for online students, please contact OU Veteran Student Services at 405-325-4308 or