The first step for most students seeking aid is to complete the  Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  To complete the FAFSA, you must be a U.S. Citizen, reside legally in the U.S. for other than temporary purposes, or be a permanent resident of the Trust Territories.

For the FAFSA, students will need to know USAO' s "Federal Title IV Code Number.": 003167.

The FAFSA is the starting point in applying for all types of federal financial aid; including grants, student loans, and work-study.  Complete your FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1st each year.  Early application is key to maximizing your financial aid eligibility.

The results of the FAFSA will provide the financial aid office with your Effective Family Contribution (EFC).  The EFC represents the amount you and your family are expected to contribute toward the cost of your education for the academic year, although this amount may not match the amount that is actually contributed.  If you have concerns regarding changes in your income, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

When the financial aid office receives valid results of your FAFSA (the Institutional Student Information Report, or ISIR), eligibility may be determined.  New students will also need to complete the online admissions applicationStudents must be regularly admitted to USAO before aid eligibility can be determined.  Students who are currently already attending USAO are also expected to complete a yearly Financial Aid Office Update form.

If other documentation is needed to complete the financial aid application, the student will be contacted.

Be sure to also visit USAO's 2017-2018 Scholarship information page.