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Oklahoma State University

Certificate Programs

The only certificate program at OSU for which a student can receive federal financial aid is the teacher certificate program. Students in principal or superintendent certification, or any other non-teacher certificate programs, are not eligible to receive federal aid.

Students taking coursework towards teacher certification may be eligible for federal financial aid if they are:

  • enrolled at least half-time in coursework that is
  • required for elementary or secondary teacher certification to teach in the state.

Aid Restrictions:

  • Ford Federal Direct Loans (Direct Subsidized, Direct Unsubsidized and Direct PLUS for parents of dependent students only), Perkins Loans, and Federal Work-Study only
  • Subsidized Loan eligibility maximum of $5,500
  • Independent students may also qualify for up to $7,000 more in Unsubsidized Loans
  • Total federal aid amounts can never be more than the difference between Cost of Attendance and any other financial assistance

Application Process:

  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Submit all documents requested by our office
  • Make an appointment with a financial aid counselor by calling (405) 744-7295.
  • Provide copies, signed by the appropriate College of Education official, of:
    • the “Application for Admission to OSU’s Professional Education Program” and
    • OSU’s Check Sheet for Teacher Certification and Recommendation for Elementary Education or Secondary Education Subject.” (The OSU Check Sheet must list the required courses.)
  • Alternative Certification students must provide in lieu of the College of Education documents listed above:
    • A copy of their memo from the Professional Services Section of the Oklahoma State Department of Education titled “Alternative Placement Program Requirements” and
    • A copy of their Oklahoma State Department of Education Teaching Certificate.