December 2015

 


Filing the FAFSA

 


Upcoming 2016 Financial Aid Deadlines


 

Scholarship Deadlines Approaching


Honors Program at Oklahoma City University


Financial Aid at Oklahoma City University

We know that financing an Oklahoma City University education is an important part of a student's plan for attendance. The Office of Financial Aid provides information and guidance that students and parents need for understanding the expenses. OCU is committed to offering the most beneficial award possible that is individually prepared according to each student's eligibility, so students can focus on choosing a college based on the most important issue - what it offers academically - instead of the costs.
 
Oklahoma City University has teamed up with faTV to bring you a series of short videos focusing on information about financial aid. Watch here or visit www.okcu.edu/financialaid/.


Applying for Aid with the FAFSA


Now that the admission application season is winding down, it's important to start focusing on the next step in the university planning process: filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is an online form college students and their families submit, which allows the Office of Financial Aid to determine a student's eligibility for federal financial aid.

 
Submit the FAFSA online at fafsa.ed.gov, which is the official website for submitting the FAFSA and it's free to complete! There are other websites, which list a fee associated with the FAFSA, those are not official and should be avoided. The priority FAFSA filing period is January 1, 2016 to March 1, 2016.

 

Processing the FAFSA at Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma City University will determine eligibility for aid after receiving each student's FAFSA. In order to gain access and sign the FAFSA, both parents and students must register to log in with FSA IDs (Federal Student Aid ID) and passwords. To submit the FAFSA, parents (and students, if applicable) will use 2015 tax information. If taxes have not yet been filed, estimated amounts from completed 2014 tax returns may be used, and then updated after 2015 taxes are filed with the IRS. Those parents (and students, if applicable) who have already filed 2015 taxes will find that utilizing the IRS Data Retrieval system will simplify and expedite the FAFSA submission and verification process.

 

After the FAFSA is submitted with OCU’s federal school code (003166), the information will be sent to Oklahoma City University, where it will be reviewed by a financial aid counselor. As a result, a financial aid package will be prepared and provided to admitted students based on the estimated family contribution (EFC) and considering Oklahoma City University’s cost of attendance (COA). The aid award can also be accessed online through the OCU student web, Bluelink.

 

Remember to submit the FAFSA application early and contact the Office of Financial Aid if you have
questions or need guidance with aid at OCU.
 

Financial aid can be awarded as follows:*
•  Scholarships: awarded based on merit, major/departmental, and talent
•  Grant: funding which does not require repayment
•  Work-Study: an allotted amount of money the student may earn as a student worker on campus while attending the university
•  Direct Loans: Direct Subsidized loans (interest begins when student goes into repayment) and/or Direct Unsubsidized loans (interest accrues while the student is in school)

*Often financial aid award packages are a combination of the above.
 

 

Upcoming Deadlines



January 1, 2016
The 2016-2017 FAFSA Application is available online at fafsa.ed.gov. Don't forget to include OCU's federal school code (003166) on the FAFSA.

March 1, 2016
File completion deadline for best consideration of campus-based federal funds (FSEOG, and Federal Work-Study) and endowed scholarships for 2016-2017 award year. Funding for these programs is limited; eligible students who have complete and accurate files in the Office of Financial Aid by this date are the most likely to receive assistance from these programs.

March 1, 2016
Final Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant (OTAG) deadline. To be considered for OTAG, you must file your FAFSA by March 1. OTAG funds are limited and are awarded to eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis. Completion of the FAFSA by March 1, 2016 does not guarantee funding for this award, so apply early.

May 1, 2016
Priority deadline for financial aid applications for the 2016-2017 academic year. For financial aid to be packaged by the start of the fall term, you must return all requested documents for aid application files to the Office of Financial Aid by this date.

Don't forget to apply for OCU scholarships.
Application deadlines vary. Get yours in early!

 


Scholarship Deadlines Approaching


To obtain maximum funding, it is important to apply for as many scholarships as possible in addition to submitting the FAFSA. The holiday break is a great time for students to work on scholarship essays and applications. OCU offers the following scholarship opportunities to our students. 

 

Bishops Scholar Award
Full-tuition; Initial Application (can be Pastor Recommendation or Student Application)
Deadline: December 15, 2015;
Other Recommendation Deadline: February 1, 2016
Awarded to high school seniors entering Oklahoma City University as a first-year student through the university's regular admission standards and hold membership in a United Methodist Church. Criteria include letter of recommendation from student's senior pastor, maintain full-time enrollment in the Wimberly School of Religion, reside in campus housing freshman through senior years, and plan to pursue a career in Christian service to the United Methodist Church.  Click here for more details

Clara Luper Scholarship Program
Amounts Vary; Deadline: March 1, 2016
Oklahoma City University's Clara Luper Scholarship program honors the legacy of the Oklahoma civil rights leader (1923-2011) by providing a private college education to deserving students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds who demonstrate financial need. In addition to maintaining high academic performance, community service activities are an integral part of this highly competitive scholarship program. Engaging in community service combined with the vital financial assistance demonstrates the United Methodist tradition of leadership in scholarship and community. Application

American Indian Scholarship Program
Amounts Vary; Deadline: March 1, 2016

The American Indian Scholarship program strives to maintain a student population that reflects the diverse community we serve. The Native students greatly benefit from the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC), which they participate in annually. The OIMC, comprised of 89 United Methodist churches in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas, represents the largest concentration of Native American United Methodists in the United States. The historic conference was started by Cherokee, Creek, and Choctaw tribes in 1844 and continues today. The OIMC ministers to the needs of approximately 6,000 Native peoples, with 84 churches (several of these congregations being over 100 years old), five fellowships, and a church and community center. Application
Frank G. Brooks Memorial Scholarship
Full-Tuition; Priority Deadline: March 1, 2016
The Frank G. Brooks Memorial Scholarship is a competitive, full-tuition scholarship awarded to an outstanding freshman student who chooses to study biology at Oklahoma City University. This award cannot be combined with other university scholarships. The scholarship selection committee will assess multiple criteria including, but not limited to, ACT/SAT scores, GPA, letter of recommendation from a teacher or mentor, community involvement, and application essay. Interviews with selected applicants will be scheduled during the month of March and notifications will be made my March 31, annually. Application
 
Mary Ellen & George R. Randall Endowed Great Plan Scholarship
Full-Tuition + Basic Room & Board and Fees; Priority Deadline: March 1, 2016
Scholarship is awarded to one high school senior who intends to study pre-med at Oklahoma City University. Criteria includes review of ACT/SAT scores, GPA, letter of recommendation, community involvement, financial need, and an on-campus interview. Application
 
Gary Moore Great Plan Scholarship
Deadline: February 15, 2016
The purpose of the Gary M. Moore, M.D., Great Plan Scholarship Fund with the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is to facilitate outstanding high school seniors in need of financial assistance so that they may experience the educational opportunities offered by the Oklahoma City University College of Arts and Sciences. Eligible recipients of the scholarship must be a graduating senior in the upper 10% of his or her graduating class from an accredited Oklahoma high school, a 30 or higher on the ACT, a non-smoker, and plans to pursue a major within the OCU College of Arts and Sciences. The scholarship is renewable up to four years. Recipients must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Funds may be used for tuition, fees, and book expenses. Application

Native American Business Academy Scholarship (Chickasaw Nation)
Full-Tuition; Priority Deadline: On-going
The Chickasaw Nation has partnered with Meinders School of Business and Oklahoma City University to provide a full-tuition scholarship to five qualified Chickasaw students. Scholarship recipients will enter into the Native American Business Scholars Academy and take part in an innovative, highly-engaging academic experience.
Application

OCULeads: the Presidents Leadership Class Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2016
The OCULeads Scholarship is available to first-time freshmen immediately graduating from high school who show strong leadership skills. 
Students must submit an essay describing a past leadership project, have a minimum of 3.25 GPA and a 24 ACT or 1110 SAT. Click here to apply
Note: Due to scheduling considerations and arts management focus, prospective dance majors should apply to Dance & Entertainment LEADS in place of OCULeads. See information below.

Dance and Entertainment LEADS Scholarship 
Deadline: March 1, 2016
Dance and Entertainment LEADS is a scholarship program to recognize outstanding Dance and Arts Management Majors who are first-time freshmen immediately graduating from high school. Students selected for this program receive a scholarship for their freshman year, participate in personalized arts management leadership workshops, and are assigned leadership roles in dance and arts management productions.
  Click here to apply 

Oxford Plan
Deadline: February 1, 2016
The Oxford Plan is an interdisciplinary program in political science, philosophy and economics that prepares students for law school. By following a rigorous academic program and meeting specific criteria for admission, students can receive early and/or preferred admission to the Oklahoma City University School of Law. Oxford Plan students can be eligible to save a year of tuition costs by completing their Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Juris Doctor (JD) degrees in just six years. Application
CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE SCHOLARSHIPS THAT ARE AVAILABLE

Honors at OCU


The Oklahoma City Honors Program is a university-wide program open to academically talented and motivated students enrolled in any of OCU's undergraduate programs. The program offers students the opportunity to enhance their college education through unique academic, cultural, and social experiences. 

 
The goal of the University Honors Program is to help students reach their potential. 
 
Specifically, the program aims to:
  • Provide access to the highest quality academic learning experiences
  • Encourage and recognize outstanding intellectual achievement
  • Foster servant leadership among students
  • Enhance the intellectual and academic life of the university for the benefit of the students