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Federal School Code 005753

How to Apply

To apply for most forms of financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students must submit new financial aid applications for each academic year. Forms are available online at www.fafsa.gov beginning January 1 for the upcoming year and should be submitted as soon as possible.

As part of the FAFSA application, students and parents (if applicable) must provide income information. In many cases, students and parents may be able to retrieve their tax information from the IRS and transfer it to their FAFSA. Students and parents are highly encouraged to use this option when applicable.

Students and parents can sign the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronically.

In early 2015, the U.S. Department of Education will replace the current form of electronic signature known as the PIN with a Federal Student Aid user name and password.

Determining who to list as your parent(s) on your FAFSA, and what their current marital status is can be confusing. The Office of Financial Aid has created the following documents to use as a guide:

Application requirements and deadlines

* The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must include the Owens Title IV school code 005753.

Program Application(s) required Deadlines for 2014-2015 academic year
Summer 2014 - Spring 2015
Deadlines for 2015-2016 academic year
Summer 2015 - Spring 2016
Federal Pell Grant FAFSA* 30 days before last date of enrollment 30 days before last date of enrollment
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant FAFSA* 30 days before last date of enrollment 30 days before last date of enrollment
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant FAFSA* February 21, 2014, priority deadline February 20, 2015, priority deadline
Federal Work-Study FAFSA*
To be considered, the student must indicate on the FAFSA that he/she is interested in Federal Work-Study
February 21, 2014, priority deadline February 20, 2015, priority deadline
Owens Community College Grant FAFSA* February 21, 2014, priority deadline February 20, 2015, priority deadline
Federal Direct Loan FAFSA* 45 days before last date of enrollment 45 days before last date of enrollment
Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan Parent PLUS Loan Request
FAFSA*
45 days before last date of enrollment 45 days before last date of enrollment
Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program FAFSA*
NEALP application
July 15, 2014
FAFSA must be processed before the NEALP application can be submitted
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 17, 2014
(Scholarships based on financial need must have FAFSA on file with Owens by March 1, 2014)
February 16, 2015
(Scholarships based on financial need must have FAFSA on file with Owens by March 1, 2015)

Transfer students

If the student has already completed the FAFSA for the current year and is transferring to Owens, add the Owens Title IV School Code 005753 to the studentís Student Aid Report (SAR) by making a correction using FAFSA on the Web.

What happens next?

After the studentís FAFSA has been processed, the student will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). If the student completed the FAFSA on the web and provided an electronic signature and email address, the studentís SAR will usually be sent to that email address within 1-2 days. If the student did not provide an email address, the studentís SAR will be mailed to the mailing address provided on the FAFSA within 7-10 business days. If the student sent a paper FAFSA application to the FAFSA processor, allow 2 to 3 weeks to receive the SAR.

Information regarding the studentís financial aid is usually sent to his/her Owens Ozone account. For instructions on how to use the Ozone account, click on the Guide to Online Account Information listed below:

Students with Bachelor's degrees

Students with bachelor's degrees (or higher) are not eligible for grants, but may complete the FAFSA to be considered for the Federal Work Study program and the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program.

Answering Questions on the FAFSA Relating to Your Parent(s) Marital Status

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).

  • If your legal parents are married to each other, select "Married or remarried", and answer the questions on the FAFSA for both of them. Same-sex couples must report their marital status as married if they were legally married in a state or other jurisdiction (foreign country) that permits same-sex marriage.
  • If your legal parents are separated but living together, select "Married or remarried" and answer the questions on the FAFSA for both of them.
  • If your legal parents were never married to each other or divorced and live together, select "Unmarried and both parents living together" and answer the questions on the FAFSA for both of them regardless of their gender. Do not include any person who is not married to your parent and who is not a legal parent.
  • If your legal parents are divorced or separated and NOT living together, select "Divorced or separated" and answer the questions about the parent you lived with more during the past 12 months. If you did not live with one parent more than the other, or with either parent, give answers about the parent who provided more financial support to you during the past 12 months or during the most recent year that you actually received support from a parent. If this parent is remarried as of the day you complete your FAFSA, select "Married or remarried" and answer the questions about that parent and your stepparent.
  • If your legal parents are divorced but living together, select "Unmarried and both parents living together" and answer the questions on the FAFSA for both of them.
  • If your parent was never married and does not live with your other legal parent, provide information for only one parent. Answer the questions about the parent you lived with more during the past 12 months. If you did not live with one parent more than the other, or with either parent, give answers about the parent who provided more financial support to you during the past 12 months or during the most recent year that you actually received support from a parent.
  • If your widowed parent is remarried as of the day you complete your FAFSA, select "Married or remarried" and answer the questions about that parent and your stepparent.

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.




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