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How do I apply for financial aid?

You should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as it becomes available in your senior year of high school and each year you are in college. By completing this application, you have applied for most federal and state financial aid.

  1. Gather materials
  2. Create an FSA ID
  3. Fill it out
  4. Sign & submit
  5. Follow up
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To complete the FAFSA you will need to create a account. This is a username and password that allows you to log in to some Department of Education websites as well as access and electronically sign your FAFSA. The first time you submit the FAFSA, you'll need to create your account and allow 2-3 days for the login credentials to be verified. After your account is approved, you'll be able to submit your FAFSA.

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Use the Account Worksheet to keep track of your username and password.

Visit OKcollegestart's Scholarship Search to find additional opportunities and check out other resources to make college more affordable.

The FAFSA may not be the only form required to receive a financial aid offer from a school. You must also complete the college admission process. Check with each of the colleges and universities you listed on your FAFSA to determine their admission requirements.

For more information on FAFSA completion, visit to find helpful resources and videos.



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OCAP believes that financial literacy and understanding the financial aid process are critical aspects of college planning and student success. OCAP staff who work with students, parents, educators and community partners in the areas of personal finance education, state and federal financial aid, and student loan management do not provide financial, investment, legal, and/or tax advice. This website and all information provided is for general educational purposes only, and is not intended to be construed as financial, investment, legal, and/or tax advice.