Financial Aid  
Types of Assistance

We are here to assist with your educational costs. We'll take your academic talents, personal qualities, and/or financial need into consideration when determining eligibility for financial assistance. Every year, more than 90 percent of Oklahoma City University students receive financial assistance in many different forms.

To apply for Federal Pell Grants, SEOG, OTAG, OTEG, student loans and need-based scholarships, please complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online: fafsa.ed.gov.

What is a FAFSA?

 Breakdown of Types of Assistance:

  Pell Grants are awarded by the federal government to those students who are found eligible after completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A Pell Grant is applied directly to your student account and does not have to be repaid. The amount is determined according to eligibility and the number of hours in which you enroll. Pell Grants are not available to students who have already completed their first bachelor's degree.

  Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) are federal grants administered by the university. The SEOG is applied directly to your student account and does not have to be repaid. Students who complete the FAFSA by March 1 and who are eligible for a Pell Grant have first priority for the SEOG. Eligibility is determined by the results of the FAFSA. The amount is subject to change based on availability of funds. SEOGs are not available to students who have already completed their first bachelor's degree.

Oklahoma Tuition Equalization Grant (OTEG) is a grant issued by the State of Oklahoma to students attending private universities who meet the eligibility requirements of being an Oklahoma resident, full-time student and income threshold requirements determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The funding is limited and awarded on the basis of completion of the requirements.


Oklahoma's Promise (OHLAP) is a grant provided by the state of Oklahoma. Students who meet qualifications can apply in the eighth, ninth and tenth grades (home school students must be ages 13, 14 or 15). To qualify, parents' income from taxed and untaxed sources must be $50,000 or less at the time the student applies for the program. In addition, students must complete the required academic courses while in high school.


Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grants (OTAG) are grants awarded by the State of Oklahoma. Eligibility is determined by the results of the FAFSA and by the OTAG residency requirements. OTAG is applied directly to the student's account and does not have to be repaid. Students must complete and submit the FAFSA by March 15 to be considered for OTAG. The amount is subject to change based on the availability of funds. OTAG Grants are not available to students who have already completed their first bachelor's degree.


Student Loans (Stafford and Perkins) and Parent Loans (PLUS) are funds provided by the federal government that must be repaid. Different types of student loans may be available, depending on your eligibility for each.


 

Part-time campus employment opportunities are available, through Student Financial Services, to help assist with your expenses.


The Distinguished Scholarships and Internship Office at OCU can provide information about national scholarships and internships, as well as Oklahoma scholarship opportunities. Dr. Abigail Keegan, the coordinator, offers advice to students on scholarship and intern preparation and assists students throughout the application processes.


Oklahoma City University Scholarships are awarded by the university and do not have to be repaid. Your application for admission serves as your application for merit-based aid. Just indicate on your application for admission the types of scholarships for which you would like to be considered. We will use your FAFSA to determine eligibility for scholarships that are awarded on the basis of financial need.


Endowed Scholarships have been made available from a variety of private sources and awarded based on many factors, such as membership in the United Methodist Church, athletics, academics, leadership skills, career goals, and financial need. These donated scholarship dollars are used to underwrite existing university, merit, and need based scholarships that are a discount of the annual tuition for a student’s specific curriculum. There is not a separate scholarship application process as recipients do not receive additional scholarship. Most endowed scholarships require that a thank you letter be sent to the donor. Notifications are sent to the student by the end of October and a hold is placed on the student’s account until a signed copy of the letter has been received by the Office of Financial Aid. Please click here for the list of endowed scholarships at Oklahoma City University.