Financial Aid


No student should avoid college because he or she doesn't have the money! In 2015-2016, 86% of USAO's students received some type of financial aid assistance. The total of aid awarded for that year was $10,100,496.  In addition, 73% of incoming freshmen were awarded an institutional scholarship for fall 2016.

For students who need financial assistance to go to school, these pages will help. They contain information on scholarship and grant programs, federal work-study and federal student loans that are available to students enrolled at least half-time. Aid recipients must be degree-seeking with USAO and making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as defined by USAO policy. Financial Aid is awarded and adjusted according to enrollment status: full time (12 or more hours), three-quarter time (9-11 hours) and half-time (6-8 hours). Enrollment status is finalized at the end of the designated add/drop period. Students with financial aid questions are always welcome to consult the Office of Financial Aid.