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How to Apply for Financial Aid

Save time and reduce errors—file the FAFSA electronically

It's faster and easier to file the FAFSA electronically on the Internet. Students who apply using FAFSA-on-the-Web get results 7 to 14 days faster and make fewer mistakes than those who mail in the form.

OSU-Tulsa's Federal School Code is 003170.

First, Get an FSA ID:

The FSA ID -- a username and password -- has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites, including the FAFSA site, the student and parent loan site, the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and the TEACH Agreement to Serve (ATS) site.

Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents.  If you don't already have an FSA ID, you can create one when logging into any of the sites listed above.  Read "How to Create an FSA ID" for additional information about switching from a PIN to an FSA ID or setting up an FSA ID for the first time.

Then, File the FAFSA via the Web:

By filing the FAFSA electronically, you have the advantage of catching common errors before you submit the application. Plus, the sooner you have a correct application on file, the sooner we can make an award to you.

By using both student and parent (if required) FSA IDs when applying, you avoid the delays of printing, signing and mailing the required signature page(s). You can access FAFSA-on-the-Web at

OSU-Tulsa's Federal School Code is 003170.

Submit your FAFSA starting Oct. 1

Students can fill out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) earlier for a better chance to receive grants, work-study and priority consideration for scholarships for next year. You may file using your prior year income tax returns

Example: Use your 2017 tax returns to submit the 2019 - 20 FAFSA and use 2018 tax returns for the 2020-21 FAFSA.


After OSU receives your FAFSA information from the processor, you may receive a request for documents to verify information you reported. No offer of federal assistance can be made until the information is verified. The earlier you respond, the earlier you will receive notification of eligibility for financial aid.

Your Award Offer

Log on to Student Self Services at to view your award offer and to accept or decline. Log in and under the Financial Aid section, select “Award,” then "Award for Aid Year." Once you choose the desired year, you can review and accept your award offers. (New to OSU? Before accessing Student Self Services, you must first activate your O-Key account at

Awards not accepted by the deadline may be cancelled.

If you receive aid from a non-university source, such as a scholarship program, you must immediately notify the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education will notify you and OSU if you are awarded the Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant (OTAG).

If you are applying for tribal or vocational rehabilitation grants, you should contact that agency for details.