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Accepting Financial Aid Packages
The Ohio State University Office of Student Financial Aid prepares an Award Notification for each student who completes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and/or receives a scholarship from the Moritz College of Law. The Award Notification lists all grants, scholarships, and loans available to the student for the coming academic year.
To accept the Federal Stafford Unsubsidized Loan, a student needs to have a valid Ohio State Username and then log onto the Student Center to accept, reduce, or decline the loan. Incoming students need to follow the links on their Student Center to complete the necessary requirements for receipt of their aid.
To accept the Federal Grad PLUS Loan, a Grad PLUS Loan Application is required to be a completed and submitted to the Financial Aid office at Moritz. The recommended deadline for processing fall semester financial aid is July 15.
Students awarded a grant(s) and/or scholarship(s) from outside of the Moritz College of Law and the University (e.g., from a local philanthropic organization), must inform the Office of Student Financial Aid of this financial assistance. Students should email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the award and the amount of the award.
Students are encouraged to minimize loan assistance whenever possible. In the instance when a student is unsure about the amount of loan assistance needed, the student is advised to request the lowest possible amount of aid to meet expenses. If a student subsequently needs additional aid, he or she may request part or all of the aid that was previously offered but declined.
Ohio State law students whose financial aid will exceed charges due to the university are encouraged to establish direct deposit.
Students with direct deposit have access to credit balances due no earlier than 10 days prior to the start of classes. By contrast, when direct deposit is not in place, the student’s refund check will be mailed sometime after the end of the first week of classes.
Direct deposit only needs to be established once during a student’s career at the university, unless there is a change in banks. Direct deposit should be established no later than July 15 for the new academic year. For more information or to set up direct deposit, visit the Buckeye Link Student Center.