Contact the Student Service Center for assistance with tuition, payment plans, or financial aid.
To apply for most forms of financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) at fafsa.gov.
- You must submit a new financial aid application for each academic year.
- Applications are available beginning October 1 prior to the academic year and should be submitted as soon as possible. Please note that the U.S. Department of Education has delayed the 2024-2025 FAFSA application until some time in December 2023.
Completing the 2023-2024 FAFSA®
As part of the FAFSA® application, students and parents (if applicable) must provide income information. In many cases, the information can be copied directly from your tax returns to the FAFSA® when you apply at fafsa.gov. Otherwise, you can use a copy of the federal tax return. The FAFSA® instructions will direct you to the specific lines on the tax return. If you do not have a copy of your federal tax return, you can request a Tax Return Transcript from the IRS.
You can sign the FAFSA® electronically using the Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID), which is created as part of the application process. The same FSA ID is used as the electronic signature each year you complete the FAFSA®. If you are a dependent student, both you and a parent will need an FSA ID.
You may use the following information as a guide to help you determine who to list as your parent(s) on your FAFSA® and how to report their current marital status:
- 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 unusual circumstance that prevents you from supplying your parent’s information, you may submit a Petition for Independent Status due to Unusual Circumstances Form. Unusual circumstances generally are defined by a student’s inability to have contact with their parents.
- Summer 2023, Fall 2023, and Spring 2024: 2023-2024 Petition for Independent Status due to Unusual Circumstances Form
If you are a dependent student who does not qualify for independent status based on the Petition for Independent Status listed above, or if you do not wish to submit a petition, you may be able to borrow a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan based on the dependent student loan limits if your parents:
- refuse to provide information on the FAFSA or
- have ended financial support AND refuse to complete additional steps to finish the FAFSA process, such as verification
Please contact Student Financial Services for details and instructions. A request for a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan using this option will prevent you from being eligible for the Federal Pell Grant, other need-based aid, and any aid which requires a completed FAFSA®.
Application requirements and deadlines
|For these semesters…||Complete the FAFSA® for…|
|Summer 2023, Fall 2023, Spring 2024||2023-2024|
|Summer 2024, Fall 2024, Spring 2025||2024-2025 (applications are scheduled to be available in December 2023)|
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|
|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
|2023-2024 application is closed
2024-2025 application will open early February 2024
|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 at fafsa.gov.
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 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.
If you are seeking a degree or certificate at another institution and are taking classes at Owens Community College, please contact their financial aid office to ask if you qualify for a consortium agreement. You are responsible for paying your balance to Owens Community College. However, your enrollment in classes at Owens Community College will be held if a completed consortium agreement is on file.
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 any 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 the Student Service Center.
FAFSA® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Education.