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Financial Aid

Oklahoma State University offered more than $320 million in scholarships, financial aid and grants last year, and is dedicated to working with families to make a great OSU education a reality. To get started, students should apply for admission and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once students have been admitted, they should regularly check their OSU email.  All official information about financial aid awards is sent to the student’s OSU email account and can be found at

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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (opens Oct. 1)

We encourage all students to submit their FAFSA every year, regardless of their financial situation. Some financial aid awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis, so it's important to complete your FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1, using OSU's school code 003170. All grants and some scholarships require a completed FAFSA, so you may miss out on financial opportunities if you do not complete the process. The federal government provides more than $150 billion in grants, loans and work-study funds to students each academic school year as a result of the FAFSA.  The FAFSA is an important piece to the financial aid equation for all students.

Pell Grant - Federal Government Grant

A grant is a type of aid that does not require repayment. The Pell Grant is a subsidy the government provides to students who demonstrated exceptional financial need by submitting their FAFSA. Students can receive this award for a maximum of 12 full-time semesters.

Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) provides part-time jobs for students who demonstrate financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay educational expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to your course of study. You must submit your FAFSA to qualify for this program. Some on-campus jobs are available only to FWS students, although any student can work on campus. Wages are paid as the work is completed.

Oklahoma's Promise

Oklahoma's Promise is a state-based tuition assistance program that covers the cost of college tuition. Oklahoma students in grades 8-10 who demonstrate financial need can sign up to participate in the Oklahoma's Promise program, previously known as OHLAP. Once you graduate from high school and complete the curricular and conduct requirements for the program, you will receive funding from Oklahoma's Promise to cover the cost of tuition at OSU. At OSU, Oklahoma's Promise is valued at $5,940 per year. The Cowboy Covenant Program is OSU's commitment to help Oklahoma's Promise recipients gain a high-quality, affordable education by offering an additional $1,000 award per year for up to four academic years.


Financing a college education is a fact of life for many students. OSU has a variety of of lower-cost borrowing options to best fit your financial needs. Financing a portion of your education expenses could be a smart investment that gives you control over your repayment options. Learn more about loans here.

Payment Option Plan

OSU offers families a semester-based payment option plan that allows students to pay their charges throughout the semester, rather than one up-front fee at the beginning of the semester. Students must register for the payment option plan to participate.