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 fafsa.gov and should be submitted as soon as possible. Applications are available beginning October 1 prior to the academic year.
As part of the FAFSA application, students and parents (if applicable) must provide income information using a copy of the federal tax return. The FAFSA instructions will direct you to the specific lines on your tax return. If you do not have a copy of your federal tax return, you can request a Tax Return Transcript from the IRS. The IRS allows students to use the Data Retrieval Tool to copy information directly from their tax returns to their FAFSA. For an online FAFSA Tutorial, watch Seven Steps to Filing the FAFSA! For help, contact Oserve.
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 created 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:
- Answering Questions on the FAFSA Relating to Your Parent(s) Marital Status
- Who’s My Parent When I Fill out My FAFSA? (diagram)
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.
Application requirements and deadlines
|For these semesters…||Complete the FAFSA for…|
|Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020||2019-2020|
* The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must include the Owens Title IV school code 005753.
|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*||Funds are limited, apply early|
|Funds are limited, apply early|
|Owens Community College Grant||FAFSA*||Funds are limited, apply early|
|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 before fall semester
FAFSA must be processed before the NEALP application can be submitted
|Owens Foundation Scholarships||FAFSA*
Foundation Scholarship Application
|2019-2020 priority deadline is March 8, 2019|
|Ohio College Opportunity Grant||FAFSA*
(ETV Voucher, for foster youth only)
|October 1 of fall semester|
If you have already completed the FAFSA for the current year and are 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 you 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:
If you 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?), you may be required to complete the Drug Eligibility form. This form is available in Oserve.
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.
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 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.