Financial Aid Services
Caryn Pacheco, Director of Financial Aid Operations
1000 Asp Ave., Room 312
Norman, OK 73019-4078
Phone: (405) 325-9000
FAX: (405) 325-7608
Financial Assistance and Costs
Financial aid is any financial resource that a student receives to assist in meeting the cost of attending college. These resources include awards such as federal and state grants, loans, student employment, scholarships, etc. Students must apply for financial aid annually and demonstrate eligibility as determined by regulations established by the U.S. Department of Education. Financial Aid Services is responsible for the administration of the federal financial aid programs. Additional sources of funding may include tribal grants, vocational rehabilitation assistance, Reserve Officer Training, and funding from other outside agencies.
Financial Aid Programs
Many financial aid programs are available at The University of Oklahoma. Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online to apply for the following federal financial aid programs: Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Perkins Loan, Stafford Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized), and Federal Work-Study. The Federal PLUS Loan (Parent Loan) and Graduate PLUS loans require a separate loan application in addition to the FAFSA. Additional financial aid programs (most requiring the FAFSA) include the Oklahoma Promise, Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant, Sooner Promise, additional need-based scholarships, and several low interest OU Institutional Loan programs. Please visit our Financial Aid Services and OU Scholarships websites for complete information on the financial aid and scholarship programs available at OU. Financial Aid programs are subject to change.
Applying for Financial Aid
Those planning to attend OU and current students are encouraged to apply for financial aid. First visit OU Financial Aid Services website. A wealth of information about financial aid, scholarships, and other financial aid, scholarships, and other financial resources is available. Also listed are deadlines, eligibility requirements, applications, and links to other helpful websites.
- Apply for financial aid by the OU Financial Aid Services recommended deadlines.
- Apply for a U.S. Department of Education FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID) online. This FSA ID serves as your electronic signature for the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and to access certain financial aid information online. Obtain an FSA ID for your parent if parental information is required on the FAFSA.
- Next, complete the FAFSA on the web at to apply for federal, state, and institutional aid. Applying for financial aid is FREE!
- List OU’s school code, 003184, on your FAFSA application. Be sure to include your housing plans on your FAFSA.
- Once your FAFSA is processed, a Student Aid Report will be sent to you and your information will be sent to OU if you listed OU’s code on your FAFSA.
Important Note: The FAFSA must be completed annually. Submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1, but before March 1, to be considered for all available aid programs for the following fall/spring semesters. For priority processing, all requested documents must be received in Financial Aid Services by June 1 for the following fall/spring semesters and by November 1 for the spring only semester. Check the Financial Aid Services website for summer financial aid information.
Please contact 1-800-4FEDAID for a paper FAFSA if unable to file the FAFSA on the Web.
What Happens Next...
- the Student Financial Center will notify admitted students via their OU email account if any additional information is needed.
- Instructions about activating your OU email account are included with the admission letter to OU. Financial aid applicants not yet admitted are notified via postal mail.
- The application is reviewed after submitting all requested information (processing times vary).
- The Student Financial Center sends an OU-FAN (Financial Aid Notification) to the students’ OU email listing the financial aid awards available.
- Awards may consist of a combination of aid, such as grants, loans, student employment, scholarships, and/or other resources.1
- The student then decides which aid programs to accept, reduce or decline, and submits the OU-FAN acceptance online.
- Complete information regarding the financial aid programs offered and the disbursement process is included as links on the OU-FAN.
Important Note: Students who receive academic, talent based, or other awards that also receive federal financial aid may expect their financial aid awards to be revised. This is required by federal regulations.
Students are encouraged to apply for outside scholarships, grants, fellowships and other types of financial assistance that can help pay for their college or general living expenses. Many opportunities are available that require an application from the student. Be careful about possible scholarship scams. If in doubt about the legitimacy of an organization that offers financial aid, scholarships, or college funding check the Federal Trade Commission Scholarship Scams website at
Ask the Sooners
Finding answers to financial aid and other related questions is easy using the “Ask the Sooners” knowledge-base. Hundreds of answers to your most frequently asked questions regarding financial aid, payment, and billing can be found 24/7. Just type a keyword(s) in the search and view the answers listed! Use the “Ask a Question” tab to send a secure e-mail to the Student Financial Center (SFC). The SFC is located at 1000 Asp Ave. Room 105, Norman, OK 73019-4078. Phone: (405) 325-9000; FAX: (405) 325-7608
Financial Education and Counseling Center
The OU Financial Education and Counseling Center (also known on campus as “The FED”) has been established to provide students with the financial planning skills students need to choose their debt wisely and effectively manage their hard earned money. The four CORE focus areas include; counseling, outreach, research, and employment. For more information call (405) 325-4183 or e-mail email@example.com.
Cost of Attending OU
Using federal regulations, the Financial Aid Services office develops standard budgets to determine the estimated costs of attending OU. This “budget” is used to award financial aid. The cost of attending The University of Oklahoma includes tuition, fees, books, housing (including food), transportation, and miscellaneous living expenses. The actual costs will vary depending on a student’s resident status, academic level, course load, housing and food options, personal needs, and spending habits.
For current cost estimate information, see Cost to Attend the University of Oklahoma.
Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships to help meet the costs of attending The University of Oklahoma. Numerous scholarships are available to OU students based on academic merit, talent, athletics, financial need, etc. Students may conduct a personalized search of most OU scholarships or check out the most recent online version of the comprehensive Guide to Financial Aid and Scholarships.
High school seniors apply for all general freshmen scholarships at OU by completing our online scholarship process which is now a section of the admission application. February 1 of the senior year is the deadline to apply for these scholarships by completing the admission/scholarship application. See Future Sooners Scholarships for general freshman scholarships covered by the admission/scholarship application. Some OU academic areas may have further requirements for scholarship selection (e.g., auditions for the School of Music, etc.).
Undergraduate transfer students will also find the transfer scholarship application as part of their admission application process. Annually March 1 is the deadline to apply for transfer scholarships by completing the admission/scholarship application. Transfer students may also be eligible for departmental scholarships. See Future Sooners Scholarships for general transfer scholarships covered by the admission/scholarship application.
Important note: Students who receive academic, talent based, or other awards that also receive federal financial aid may expect their financial aid awards to be revised. This is required by federal regulations.
Student Financial Center
The offices of Financial Aid Services, OU Scholarship Office, and Bursar Services have combined services to better serve students as the Student Financial Center.
The Student Financial Center, or SFC, is an all-inclusive office where staff can answer questions regarding Financial Aid, Scholarships or payment issues.