The Ohio State University at Lima

Financial Aid: Tips on Completing the FAFSA

FAFSA School Code for OSU: 003090

TIP 1 - Apply for a Federal Student Aid ID. If you are dependent, your parent will need to apply for a Federal Student Aid ID also. This will allow you to sign your application electronically and you'll be able to make corrections and track your FAFSA online. You can apply for your FSAID any time so it's available when you're ready to complete your FAFSA. It is very important to keep these FSAIDs in a safe area, because these will be reused every year until the student graduates.

TIP 2 - Complete and submit your FAFSA by February 1 for the next academic year. Do not wait to find out if you have been admitted! February 1 is the Ohio State scholarship application deadline as well as the priority filing date for certain other types of aid, including Federal Work Study, Federal Perkins Loan, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant.

TIP 3 - File electronically at FAFSA on the Web. It's faster, it's easier, and it's more user-friendly than the paper application. Complete the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet first and you'll sail through the process! You'll need to gather these documents in order to complete either the worksheet or paper FAFSA:

  • Your Social Security card and driver's license
  • W-2 forms or other records of income earned
  • Your (and your spouse's, if you are married) Federal Income Tax return
  • Your parents' Federal Income Tax Return, if you are a dependent student
    Records of other untaxed income received such as welfare benefits, social security benefits or veteran's benefits, disability, or military or clergy allowances
  • Current bank statements and records of stocks, bonds and other investments
    Business or farm records, if applicable
  • Your alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

TIP 4 - When filing your FAFSA, avoid processing delays by:

  • Filing on time (February 1)
  • Using accurate information
  • Following FAFSA instructions carefully
  • Providing your e-mail address on the FAFSA
  • Monitoring your status and complying quickly to any requests for additional information

Contact us if you have additional questions:

The Ohio State University at Lima
Student Financial Aid Office
Student Services Center
4240 Campus Drive
Lima, OH 45804
Phone: 567-242-7520
FAX: 567-242-7506