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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).

Please attend our Financial Aid Information Night Meeting (in-person) featuring:   Faith Phillips, Financial Aid Director from OSU Newark/COTC. 

September 21  6:30pm  at Westerville NORTH High School.

An overview of Financial Aid will be explained in detail.  All parents with students attending a college/university during the 22-23 school year should attend and apply.  Application opens October 1.




Otterbein University Virtual Parent Financial Aid Information Sessions 

Interested in learning more about the Scholarship and Financial Aid process? This October, join members of the Otterbein University Leadership team as they share information around Scholarship and Financial Aid opportunities at Otterbein.  You will learn tips and advice around our merit and need based opportunities, along with details on completing the FAFSA, and important dates and deadlines. Register below to take advantage of this opportunity. 

Oct 7, 2021  6:30pm Register Here

Oct 14, 2021  12pm Register Here

Link to Financial Aid Overview for High School Parents



FAFSA Webinar/Workshops

FAFSA WORKSHOPS: You may attend any workshop regardless of where your child attends.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Westerville North High School 
Register Here

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Westerville South High School
Register Here

Thursday, October 21, 2021
Westerville Central High School 
Register Here

Tuesday, November 18, 2021
Westerville South High School
Register Here



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 FAFSA?

The 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.


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 FAFSA?

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




Helpful Links

  • FinAid – Links to scholarships, grants, loans, and graduate aid.

  • – Information from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.

  • College Affordability Guide – This site’s mission is to provide clear, correct info and advice on the many options students have to reduce the cost of their degree, and to offer a fresh analysis of which colleges are doing the most to make high-quality education affordable.-


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