Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2021-2022 school year today! Doing so as soon as possible gives you time to:

  • Make the best decision for your circumstances.
  • Discover scholarships based on financial need.
  • Be eligible for programs with limited funding.

Use this timeline guide for submitting your FAFSA:

Term You Desire to Begin Enrollment FAFSA for School Year When to Submit FAFSA Application Use This Year’s Income and Tax Information
Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Summer 2024 2023-2024 Now 2021
Fall 2022, Spring 2025, Summer 2025 2024-2025 October 1st 2023 2022
Fall 2025, Spring 2026, Summer 2026 2025-2026 October 1st 2024 2023

OCU students enrolled in fall 2023 or spring 2024 should submit their 2023-2024 FAFSA as soon as possible to ensure maximum federal aid eligibility. The FAFSA uses income from an earlier tax year, not the current year’s income tax information.

OCU freshmen enrolling in the 2023 Fall Semester may expect notification of their federal financial aid in January. A few aid programs have limited funds, so be sure to apply as soon as the FAFSA is available.

Contact the Financial Aid Office at OCU for assistance.