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Last Updated: 9/17/2020 1:25 PM

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Financial Aid Information Night (FAFSA)

Seniors: If you are planning to attend college we strongly encourage you to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). For more details about the FAFSA and how to submit it, listen to Faith Phillips, Financial Aid Director from OSU Newark/COTC. Click here for the FAFSA Handout and don't hesitate to reach out to Faith if you have questions about the FAFSA.

An overview of Financial Aid will be explained in detail.  All parents with students attending a college/university during the 21-22 school year should attend and apply.  Application opens October 1.

Presentation from Faith Phillips, Financial Aid Director 

FAFSA Handout

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

What is the FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used by two and four-year colleges and universities throughout the U.S. to determine eligibility for Federal, State and campus-based financial aid, which includes grants, scholarships, work study programs, and all Federal student and parent loan programs.

Students at all income levels are strongly encouraged to file the FAFSA every year by their college or university’s published deadline to maximize their overall financial aid package. 


How Do I File the FAFSA?

The FAFSA must be completed online at


When Should I File the 2021-2022 FAFSA?

The 2021- 2022 FAFSA is available beginning October 1, and should be submitted as soon as possible after that date, but no later than your college or university’s published deadline.

PLEASE check the Priority Dates for Ohio Schools <CLICK HERE> (2020-2021 information).  Missing deadlines means missing the opportunity to receive financial aid.  LAST YEAR'S DATES...Contact colleges for updates.


Dependency Status: Whose Information Must I Enter on the FAFSA?

Per Federal law, the student must fill out their FAFSA annually with both their own, and their parental income and asset information unless they can legitimately answer “Yes” to one or more of the following questions. Simply living on their own, and claiming themselves for tax purposes does NOT mean the student is independent for financial aid purposes.

• Will you be 24 or older by Dec. 31 of the school year for which you are applying for financial aid?
• Will you be working toward a master’s or doctorate degree (such as M.A., M.B.A., M.D., J.D., Ph.D., etc.)?
• Are you married or separated but not divorced?
• Do you have children who receive more than half of their support from you?
• Do you have legal dependents (other than children or a spouse) who live with you and receive more than half of their support from you?
• At any time since you turned age 13, were both of your parents deceased, were you in foster care, legal guardianship or were you a ward or dependent of the court?
• Are you currently serving on active duty in the U.S. armed forces for purposes other than training?
• Are you a veteran of the U.S. armed forces?
If none of the criteria listed above apply to you, you are considered a dependent student and are required to provide your parent/s financial information when completing the FAFSA.


What Information/Documents Will I Need to Complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA?

• 2019 Student and Parent Federal Tax Returns (if they were filed)
• 2019 Student and Parent W2s (unless self-employed)
• A listing of any other types of untaxed income or benefits received in 2019
• Documentation from you and/or your parent's case worker with the total amount of TANF received for 2019
• Supplemental Social Security Disability received in 2019
• The total amount of child support paid and/or received in 2019
• The total amount of Federal Work Study received in 2019 (for current college students)
• Bank statements
• Investment records
• Student and parental Social Security numbers

• FSA ID – Both the student and one parent each need to create their own unique Federal Student Aid (FSA) username and password at at least three days prior to completing the FAFSA.
• The FSA ID is used to sign the FAFSA online, as well as to access and modify the FAFSA after it has been submitted, if needed.


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