To apply for most forms of financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must submit new financial aid applications for each academic year. Forms are available online at www.fafsa.gov and should be submitted as soon as possible. Applications for 2016-2017 are available beginning January 1, 2016. Applications for 2017-2018 will be available in October 2016.
As part of the FAFSA application, students and parents (if applicable) must provide income information. In many cases, you may be able to retrieve your tax information from the IRS and transfer it to your FAFSA. You are highly encouraged to use this option when applicable. For an online FAFSA Tutorial, watch Seven Steps to Filing the FAFSA!
You can sign the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronically using the Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID). The FSA ID will consist of username and password, both created by the FSA ID holder. The FSA ID can be creasted as the first step when beginning the FAFSA or can be done at the end as part of the final “Sign and Submit” step. This will act as the electronic signature each year you complete the FAFSA. If you are a dependent student, both you and a parent will need to create an FSA ID.
Determining who to list as your parent(s) on your FAFSA, and what their current marital status is can be confusing. You may use the following documents as a guide:
If you are a dependent student with a documentable extenuating circumstance that prevents you from supplying your parent's information, you may submit a Petition for Independent Status Form. Extenuating circumstances generally are defined by a student's inability to have contact with their parents.
* The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must include the Owens Title IV school code 005753.
|Program||Application(s) required||Deadlines for 2016-2017 academic year
Summer 2016 - Spring 2017
|Federal Pell Grant||FAFSA*||30 days before last date of enrollment|
|Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant||FAFSA*||30 days before last date of enrollment|
|Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant||FAFSA*||February 20, 2016, priority deadline|
To be considered, the student must indicate on the FAFSA that he/she is interested in Federal Work-Study
|February 20, 2016, priority deadline|
|Owens Community College Grant||FAFSA*||February 20, 2016, priority deadline|
|Federal Direct Loan||FAFSA*||45 days before last date of enrollment|
|Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan||Parent PLUS Loan Request
|45 days before last date of enrollment|
|Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program||FAFSA*
|July 15, 2015
FAFSA must be processed before the NEALP application can be submitted
|Owens Foundation Scholarships||FAFSA*
Foundation Scholarship Application with written personal statement
|February 16, 2016
(Scholarships based on financial need must have FAFSA on file with Owens by March 1, 2016)
If you have already completed the FAFSA for the current year and is transferring to Owens, add the Owens Title IV School Code 005753 to your Student Aid Report (SAR) by making a correction using FAFSA on the Web.
What happens next?
After your FAFSA has been processed, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). If you completed the FAFSA on the web and provided an electronic signature and email address, your SAR will usually be sent to that email address within 1-2 days. If the student did not provide an email address, your SAR will be mailed to the mailing address provided on the FAFSA within 7-10 business days. If you sent a paper FAFSA application to the FAFSA processor, allow 2 to 3 weeks to receive the SAR.
Information regarding your financial aid is usually sent to your Owens Ozone account. For instructions on how to use the Ozone account, click on the Guide to Online Account Information listed below:
Students that answered "Yes" to FAFSA question 23 (Have you been convicted for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid?) may be required to complete the following Drug Eligibility form.
If you are seeking a degree or certificate from Owens Community College and are also enrolled in courses at another institution, you may be able to receive financial aid based on your combined enrollment at both institutions by applying for a consortium agreement. Eligibility requirements apply; refer to the Consortium Agreement for further details.
Students with Bachelor's degrees
If you have a bachelor's degree (or higher), you are not eligible for grants, but may complete the FAFSA to be considered for the Federal Work-Study program and the Federal Direct Loan program.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) requires students who are considered dependent to provide information about their parents. The instructions on the FAFSA state that you must provide information for your parents even if you do not live with them.
Your legal parents are considered your biological, adoptive, or state-designated parents. A person would also be considered your legal parent if they were determined to be so by the state (for example, if the parent is listed on the birth certificate).
Grandparents, foster parents, legal guardians, aunts and uncles are not considered parents for your FAFSA unless they have legally adopted you. If you have any questions about who counts as a parent, please contact Oserve.