Applying for Aid


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Basic Financial Aid Timeline

After January 1

TimelineSubmit FAFSA to federal processor in time to be processed by March 1st. File electronically for faster processing and fewer errors by going to www.fafsa.gov . Check and/or update your admission status if you're an incoming student.

In February

Incoming freshman should be admitted before March 1st if they want to be in the scholarship pool. SWOSU does not have a separate scholarship application for freshman. Transfer students who will be attending SWOSU for the first time in fall semester and who have completed at least 24 credit hours at another institution should complete the Transfer Scholarship Application. Also check on the SWOSU Foundation Scholarship Application. Students who want to receive the Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant should complete the FAFSA before March 1st prior to the fall term when they expect to receive the funds.

In March

Confirm the Office of Student Financial Services has received all paperwork needed for your aid application for the coming fall semester. You should also search on the Internet and at the library for outside scholarship options you may qualify for. Apply now for next fall. The federal processor should also have received your FAFSA. Students receive official notification of freshman scholarships.

In April

SWOSU imports federal financial aid applications and notifies students of eligibility when files are complete.

In May

Confirm aid award has been calculated, or that all paperwork has been completed properly.

In June

Students who expect to borrow should complete a master promissory note at studentloans.gov Continuing students are notified if they are eligible to receive the continuing scholarship for fall.

In July

Review and respond to your bill from SWOSU's Bursar's Office.

In August

Confirm aid has been applied to your school bill by first day of class. Excess aid is made available on your "Bulldog Card" either by Check, Debit Card or ACH to your bank account.

Note: Most of these dates apply only to on-time applicants (students whose complete and correct applications are received by March 1). Late application means delays in financial aid processing time and may affect the level of aid you receive.