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How to Get Financial Aid

STEPS TO APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

  1. Apply for Admission to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma using our online admissions application.
    • The admissions office will need your high school transcript and ACT scores to admit you to USAO.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1st.

Things to know:

  • You will need to create a U.S. Department of Education FSA ID to sign your FAFSA electronically.
  • For the 2020-2021 award year the FAFSA will use your 2018 tax information. If possible use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to input your tax information.
  • USAO’s School Code is 003167
  • If you have concerns about an income change since the 2018 tax year, please contact our office after you have submitted your FAFSA.
  • If other documentation is needed to complete the financial aid application, the student will be contacted.

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To receive funding from any of the federal or state student aid programs, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Demonstrate financial need, except for some loan programs.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working on a degree.
  • Must not be in default or owe a repayment to any federal program.
  • Meet USAO's Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy requirements.
  • Certify funds will be used for educational purposes.
  • Comply with the Selective Service Registration requirements.

APPLY ANNUALLY

In order to receive federal financial aid, you must re-submit the FAFSA each award year. The earliest date you may apply for the FAFSA is October 1st.

Students who are currently already attending USAO are expected to complete a yearly Financial Aid Office update form.

HOW DO I MAKE A PAYMENT ON MY BILL?

Contact the Business Office at 1-405-574-1213.

WHERE DOES MY REFUND GO?

USAO and Herring Bank have teamed up to offer you a convenient one-card solution with the Drover Card. This card acts as both your Student ID and allows you to open an optional checking account which offers free access to Herring Bank ATM’s nationwide. This is the default account for all USAO student disbursements if you do not designate another financial institution.

To make changes to your direct deposit banking institution log into your MyUSAO account.

RESOURCES AND INFORMATION

Mobile app for FAFSA: myStudentaid Mobile App
Apple App Store (IOS)
Google Play (Android)

Do you need online FAFSA help?
800-433-3243
fafsa.ed.gov/help.htm

Do you need help with your FSA ID?
800-557-7394
fsaid.ed.gov

Do you need to request a copy of your IRS Tax Return Transcript?
Call 800-908-9946 or visit irs.gov

Do you suspect identity theft, fraud, or waste?
Call 800-547-8733 or visit ed.gov/misused

Hearing Impaired/TDD:
1-800-730-8913

Assistance in planning for a career & college:

Financial planning information:

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Additional Resources

U.S. Department of Education

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

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