Need assistance in paying for college? These steps will help you apply for federal student aid by completing the FASFA and for financial aid at Southern State.
Note: Financial aid is NOT automatically renewed each year. Students must reapply each year to be considered for financial assistance. FAFSA results received prior to July 1 will be considered for priority aid (SEOG and college Work Study). Scholarship applications received by March 15 will receive priority processing as well.
Additional Note: Classes taken that are not required in the student’s major will not be covered by federal financial aid.
Summer Financial Aid
Summer financial aid options consist of Federal Pell grants, Federal Direct student loans, and OCOG (Ohio College Opportunity Grant). Certain restrictions apply with each of these programs. The 2015-16 FAFSA is required for Summer Funding. If you are a current financial aid recipient at Southern State interested in attending Summer Semester we can determine your eligibility for summer financial aid by completing the Summer Financial Aid Request Form. If you currently have summer aid on your Financial Aid Award Letter no further action is needed.
Pell grants: These funds will be awarded for Summer Semester if you have remaining eligibility for the current academic year. If you were a full-time student in Fall and Spring semesters, you will not have Pell remaining for summer.
Direct student loans: You may be eligible for loan funds for Summer Semester if you have not exhausted your total loan eligibility for the current academic year. It is wise to plan ahead and reserve some loan funds if you plan to attend Summer Semester. You must enroll for a minimum of six semester hours to receive the student loan.
OCOG: The Ohio College Opportunity Grant is a state grant and is now available for Summer Semester only. Students must be in an associate degree program, be Pell eligible and must have completed the FAFSA by October 1 of the award year. To qualify for the OCOG grant students must have received Pell grants both Fall and Spring Semesters.
Overview of the Financial Aid Process
Step 1 – Create a Federal Student Aid ID
The FSA ID - a username and password - has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites, this change effects our current students as well as new students. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically signs Federal Student Aid documents. If you do not already have an FSA ID, you can create one when logging in to:
For further information on creating an FSA ID watch this video:
For further information refer to the link:
Step 2 – Gather Required Info to Apply
The following information is required for the completion of the FAFSA:
- Student’s social security number and a household parent’s social security number and birth date (if dependent)
- Student’s driver’s license number
- Federal income tax information for all members of the student’s household (student, spouse and parents if dependent) for the last completed calendar year
- Untaxed income received in the household for the last completed calendar year (child support, veteran’s benefits, social security, etc.)
- Information on any investments or assets (not including the home)
Step 3 – Complete the FAFSA
All students must complete and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) after the close of each tax year in order to have eligibility determined for federal, state and some types of institutional financial aid. Apply at:
- 1. Select "Start Here".
- 2. Enter your personal required information.
- 3. Select the appropriate academic year for processing.
- 4. Answer all of the questions.
- 5. In the income area, select the option to retrieve you and your spouse’s or you and your parent’s income tax data pulled into the FASFA directly from the IRS 1040 form (otherwise the student will need to request a copy of their tax transcript from the IRS).
Step 4 – Complete a Southern State Scholarship Application
Southern State offers several types of scholarships for our new and returning students that can be applied for online. Learn how at:
Financial Aid for Senior Citizens
Southern State offers discounted tuition to senior citizens. To apply, complete the following form and submit it to the Office of Financial Aid.