Student Financial Aid Checklist

In order to receive the maximum amount of financial aid that you are eligible for, you need to make sure to complete all the necessary steps. Take full advantage of the scholarships and other aid you may be qualified for by following this simple checklist:

  • Fill out a FAFSA
    To be eligible for almost all financial aid, you must fill out this Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You can pick up the paper form from any high school or college financial aid office, or complete the form on the web at

    Make sure to:

    • send in a FAFSA in October or November
    • fill out a new FAFSA each year
    • know your school's application deadlines
    • know if your school requires more than just the FAFSA

    Next, each college that you list on the FAFSA will send a Notice of Award. This tells what has been awarded and how much the family is expected to pay.

  • Fill out the Scholarship App
    Use the OSAC Student Portal to apply for OSAC-administered scholarships. If you cannot file the Scholarship App and need a paper application, please contact OSAC.
  • Search for other scholarships
    Keep all of your options open by looking for outside scholarship sources.
  • Get more information
    Contact your high school counselor, financial aid office professional, or admissions officer for more information about scholarships and applications. They are there to help you with all aspects of funding your education.