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Financial Aid Overview

Our Financial Aid Overview is a downloadable document that provides a brief description of the four primary types of financial assistance available to students: grants, work-study programs, scholarships and loans.   This document provides a great first step in preparing for the financial aid process.

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Oklahoma's Promise (Formerly OHLAP)

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Oklahomans want to see deserving students succeed – students who study and work hard, but whose families find it difficult to afford college. If your child dreams of going to college and works to achieve it, then we can help make it a reality!
 

To make that happen, the Oklahoma Legislature has set up a unique program for eighth-, ninth- and 10th-grade students (homeschool students must be age 13, 14 or 15) that will help pay for their college education if their family's income is $50,000 or less at the time the student applies for the program.* This program is Oklahoma's Promise.
 

But college isn't easy. So to make sure students get ready for college while they're still in high school, the program requires students to take certain high school courses. They will have to pass those courses and keep up their grades. And besides staying on top of the books, students will also have to show that they're in control outside the classroom. That means staying away from trouble like gangs, drugs and alcohol. In short, the student promises to prepare academically for college and stay out of trouble, and in return, the state of Oklahoma promises to help pay the student’s college tuition.
 

If you don't qualify for this program, there are still other ways to pay for college, including scholarships, grants and student loans. For more information on other financial aid, see your counselor for more details, visit the financial aid section on the Student Center, or call the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education's student information hotline at 800.858.1840.
 

*In addition, the income of the student's parents (or the student if the student is financially independent of their parents) may not exceed $100,000 at the time the student begins college and prior to receiving the scholarship. This provision becomes effective for students receiving the award in college for the first time in 2012-13 and thereafter.

Oklahoma Tuition and Grant Program

The Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program (OTAG) is a need-based grant program for Oklahoma residents who attend eligible colleges, universities and career technology centers in Oklahoma. Awards are approved for full-time or part-time undergraduate students.

Application

Application is made through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available through high school counselors, the financial aid office at the college you are planning to attend, or at http://www.fafsa.gov/. For best consideration, you should complete and submit the FAFSA to the federal student aid application system as soon as possible after Jan. 1. IT IS IMPORTANT TO APPLY EARLY. Typically, OTAG receives more eligible applications than can be awarded with available funds, and how early a student applies can be the deciding factor in whether that student is offered an OTAG award. For undocumented immigrant students, a special application is available. See “Undocumented Immigrant Eligibility” below.

Eligibility

Financial need is measured by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is determined based on the information the student provides on their FAFSA. The maximum EFC eligible to receive OTAG may vary from year to year based on volume of eligible applications received and available state funding. State funding is usually finalized around the end of May each year. The EFC appears on the Student Aid Report sent to students by the U.S. Department of Education once the FAFSA has been processed. An award will not be denied for academic reasons as long as the school's minimum requirements for admission are fulfilled and satisfactory academic progress is made according to the school's policy for student financial aid recipients.

Undocumented Immigrant Eligibility

Undocumented immigrants meeting certain requirements may be considered for OTAG awards. In general, qualified applicants enrolling in postsecondary education for the first time in 2007-08 and thereafter must:

  • Have graduated from a public or private high school in Oklahoma.
  • Have resided in Oklahoma with a parent or guardian while attending a public or private high school in Oklahoma for at least two years prior to graduation.
  • Satisfy admission standards, as determined by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, and be admitted and enrolled in an institution within the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education.
  • Either hold a valid temporary visa or have provided to the institution a copy of a true and correct application or petition filed with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to legalize the student's immigration status.

Undocumented immigrants who have previously received OTAG awards and/or who were enrolled in postsecondary education in 2006-07 or earlier are eligible under the criteria that was in effect in 2006-07. These students should call (405) 225-9456 or toll free (800) 858-1840 for more information regarding their qualifications.

Qualified undocumented immigrant students should complete the Application for Undocumented Immigrants, following the directions included on the form regarding completion, and mail directly to the Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program.

Award Amount

Currently, the maximum annual award is the lesser of 75 percent of enrollment costs or $1,000 for students attending public colleges, universities or career technology centers, and $1,300 for students attending eligible private colleges or universities. One-half of the award is disbursed in the fall semester, and one-half is disbursed in the spring semester. Funds are released to eligible students by campus officials after eligibility has been confirmed.

OTAG awards may be paid in part or in whole with funds provided by the State of Oklahoma, the Federal Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) program, or the Federal Special Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (SLEAP) program.

For Further Information

See FAQs About Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant (OTAG) or contact:

Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program
P. O. Box 108850
Oklahoma City, OK 73101-8850
Toll-free: (800) 858-1840
In Oklahoma City: (405) 225-9456
studentinfo@osrhe.edu