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Applying for Financial Aid

To begin the process of applying for assistance through the UW Oshkosh Financial Aid Office, students must take the following three steps.

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The first step in applying for financial aid at UW Oshkosh is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Applying online is a quick and easy way to file the FAFSA.

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After processing your FAFSA, the Department of Education will send you a Student Aid Report (SAR).

Students should review the SAR carefully and mail corrections if needed.

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Students may be randomly selected by the federal government for a verification process.

In that case, UW Oshkosh’s Financial Aid Office will request additional information from you.

Step 1: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The first step in applying for financial aid at UW Oshkosh is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

In order to be considered for all types of financial aid, we recommend filing the FAFSA by UW Oshkosh's March 15 priority date.

Please note: You can submit an application beyond the priority date of March 15. Your application will be processed after all on-time applicants are completed. Because funds are limited for the Perkins Loan, Nursing Loan and Supplemental Grant programs, students are encouraged to apply by March 15.

We urge our students to apply online because it shortens the processing time as well as gives access to other important financial aid functions, such as signing Master Promissory Notes, viewing loans history, etc.

Please remember to store your FSA ID in a safe place as you will need it to make any corrections on your FAFSA, reapply for financial aid in the future and sign Master Promissory Notes! 

If the FAFSA is to be filed online, students and parents must apply for a FSA ID. The FSA ID  is used to electronically sign the application. The online FAFSA will not be processed until both students and parents sign it with their FSA ID's.

Note: Filing the FAFSA is a FREE process when done directly through the U.S. Department of Education. There are a number of legitimate companies assisting in filing FAFSA for a fee starting at around $50. Such for-fee service is not illegal; however, please be aware that you can complete it for free.


Step 2: Review Student Aid Report (SAR)

After processing your FAFSA, the Department of Education will send you a Student Aid Report (SAR). SAR summarizes the information you submitted on FAFSA. In addition, SAR contains comments alerting you of any incomplete information required for processing your FAFSA. It is very important to review SAR carefully — incomplete information will prevent UW Oshkosh from awarding your financial aid package.

If all the information on your SAR is correct, you do not need to return it. If your FAFSA information is complete, you will find an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) printed in the upper right hand corner of your SAR. UW Oshkosh will use the EFC to award your financial aid package.

If your FAFSA information is incomplete, you may mail the corrections to the address mentioned on your SAR or log onto the FAFSA Web site (you will need a PIN) to make the corrections online.

The fastest way to receive SAR results is to fill out a FAFSA on the Web, provide a valid and current e-mail address and sign the application electronically using a U.S. Department of Education PIN (note: if you are a dependent student, your parent must also apply for a PIN and sign your FAFSA on the Web).


Step 3: Complete Verification (if required)

After your FAFSA information is completed and processed, the federal government may randomly select your FAFSA for a verification process. If selected, UW Oshkosh's Financial Aid Office will request additional student and/or parent information. You will be notified of the request for information via an email (please see the University E-mail Policy in the appropriate undergraduate bulletin) or letter from our office.  You will also have a "To Do List" on Titan Web.

Some of the documents requested may be:

It is important to provide the requested documents in a timely manner. Once all of the requested information is returned to our office, the counselors will review the documents and follow up if any addition information is needed. Please be patient, as it takes time for our counselors to process the data. After the verification process is complete, the student will be awarded a financial aid package.

How to complete the FAFSA


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