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Parent FAQ's

Planning for College Expenses

1. Where can I find out how much the cost will be? (Actual cost versus estimated)

2. How can I save money?

3. Net Price Calculator

Beginning the process

1. How does my student apply for financial aid? (FAFSA)

2. What if I have more than one student?

3. How does my student apply for scholarships? (varies for prospective and continuing students)

4. What if I have “special circumstances”?

Common FAFSA Questions

1. I am divorced/separated. Whose information is used on the FAFSA?

2. Why does my student need parent information?

3. What is the Expected Family Contribution?

Funding for college

1. Should my student work?

2. What funds are available?

3. How can my student borrow a loan?

4. How can I borrow a loan?

5. My student is in the Oklahoma’s Promise program. What funds are available through that?

6. What about private loans?

7. Why doesn’t my student qualify for certain funds?

8. My student may be eligible for veterans benefits. How can I find out more about this?

Receiving information

1. How will my student receive information from your office?

2. How will I receive information from your office?

3. When will we receive financial aid award information?

Which Office Does What?

1. Scholarships and Financial Aid

2. Academic Colleges and Departments

3. Bursar

4. Undergraduate Admissions

5. Registrar

6. Residential Life

7. University Dining Services

8. Career Services

9. New Student Orientation and Enrollment

 

How can I contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid?

Parents can contact the office in person (119 Student Union), by email ( finaid@okstate.edu), by fax (405-744-6438), or by phone (405-744-6604). All inquiries are handled by full-time, professional staff members.

How can I access my student’s information?

1. Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid

2. Student Information on the OSU Portal (student log in)

3. OSU Bursar Bill

Will my financial information remain private?

The information you and your student provide on the FAFSA and documents submitted to the OSU Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid is used to determine eligibility for federal student financial aid. All information submitted for the purpose of securing financial aid is protected under OSU policy, the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), and the Gramm-Leach Bliley Act of 1999 (GLB). Under these provisions, OSU ensures the privacy and safeguarding of all financial aid information. Details of the OSU policies can be found in the OSU Catalog.

Continued Eligibility

1. How does my student maintain eligibility for scholarships?

2. How does my student maintain eligibility for financial aid? (SAP)

General

1. My student is in the NOC-Gateway Program. How does financial aid work and who do I contact?

2. My student is going to be studying abroad. What scholarships/financial aid are available?

3. My student is an OSU degree-seeking student, but taking some classes elsewhere. Can he/she receive financial aid for those classes?

4. My student is concurrently enrolled in high school and at OSU. How does that work?

5. Where can I get information about Academic Common Market?

6. Where can I get information about National Student Exchange?