In order to qualify for Need-Based Grants from the Moritz College of Law, Stafford Loans, and Graduate PLUS Loans, students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form or a FAFSA Renewal form at the earliest possible date after January 1 and no later than February 15. Students only need to complete only the student section (not the parent section). Ohio State’s federal code is 003090-00.

Complete the FAFSA online

Federal regulations mandate that borrowers go through a verification process. This step is similar to an audit and requires selected students to provide documentation that supports the financial information the student provided. Students selected for verification must comply with the request for additional information. Any failure to do so will result in financial aid not being processed. Verification forms are available on your Student Center TO DO List and on The Ohio State University Office of Student Financial Aid website.

Finally, students should know that completion of the FAFSA relies upon tax information for the year that just ended. Borrowers are encouraged to have their taxes filed before completing the FAFSA and use the IRS Data Retrival Tool. They can complete the FAFSA using estimated income for the year; however, this may result in the individual being selected for verification.

A paper FAFSA form may be obtained by contacting the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243.