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What You Need to Know About the 2017-2018 FAFSA

1. You'll be able to submit your FAFSA earlier. Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year, you will now be able to submit your FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016, rather than beginning on January 1, 2017. This will be a permanent change, allowing you to submit the FAFSA as early as October 1 every year.

2. You'll use earlier income and tax information. Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, you-and your parent(s) if applicable-will report your 2015 income and tax information, rather than your 2016 income and tax information.

Because the FAFSA will ask for older income and tax information (referred to as prior-prior year), you will have already done your taxes by the time you fill out your FAFSA, eliminating the need to estimate your tax information and then go back and update your FAFSA later. Since you'll already have done your taxes by the time you fill out the FAFSA, you may be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to automatically import your tax information into your FAFSA. 

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Financial Aid Award Information

Oklahoma's Promise Students

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As you review your financial aid letter, please remember that if you qualify for any of the State grants, they cannot be included in your award package until we are able to verify eligibility with the Oklahoma State Regents of Higher Education (OSRHE). If you think you qualify for the Oklahoma's Promise Grant, you can contact the OSRHE office by email at or by phone at (405) 225-9152 or toll free at (800) 858-1840. If you have verified your eligibility, please notify our financial aid office. Students are responsible for notifying our office of eligibility.

Please contact Scott Garrison at to notify us of your eligibility.

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Financial Aid Quick Guide

Because we offer you an education like no other, Oklahoma City University does all we can to help you cover your costs. We're all about helping both undergraduate and graduate students become who they want to be.

That's why we do all we can to ease your mind about expenses, so you can focus on choosing a college based on the most important issue – what it offers you academically – not based on what it costs.

You'll find our commitment to student success in the numbers: We award more than $34 million annually in academic merit scholarships or performance scholarships; awards range from $1,000 to $10,000. Oklahoma City University works hard to put together a financial aid package that meets your needs. More than 90 percent of our students are awarded financial aid!

Both The National Review College Guide and The Student Guide to America's 100 Best College Buys have recognized Oklahoma City University's academic excellence and affordability. Our financial aid counselors are a group of caring people who work closely with students and their parents to create personalized financial aid packages. Contact our office for more information.