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The FAFSA Process
To be eligible for most types of financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA). These applications compile financial information and other details about students and families, which the US Department of Education and the State of Oregon use to determine financial need and eligibility for various financial aid opportunities.
SOU’s school code is “003219” when completing your application.
Who files the FAFSA? United States citizens and eligible noncitizens.
- The FAFSA opens October 1. You must reapply each academic year for financial aid.
- If this is your first time completing a FAFSA, you must create an FSA ID in order to sign your application. You and one of your parents (if you are a dependent undergraduate student) must sign your FAFSA electronically with your FSA IDs before the application can be fully processed.
- You should receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) Information Acknowledgment in the mail and/or email within one week of completing your FAFSA. Your SAR summarizes the information you reported on your FAFSA. Review the SAR for accuracy. If corrections need to be made, make the corrections online at studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa or correct the SAR and mail it to the address provided.
- The Office of Financial Aid at SOU begins processing new FAFSA data December of each year. Award packages will be processed tentatively beginning on or before February 1 of each year. Students will receive award notifications via SOU student email. Students who meet the priority deadline date will have their awards packaged first.
SOU FAFSA school code: 003219
In addition to Federal Student Aid, SOU students are encouraged to apply for scholarships here.
Southern Oregon University’s priority deadline for submitting the FAFSA is March 1.
All new and continuing students must meet the admissions deadline and have submitted a FAFSA including the SOU School Code 003219 no later than March 1.
Submitting your FAFSA as early as possible, after October 1 is recommended. FAFSA submissions after March 1 are still eligible for aid but will not be considered for some funds.
SOU will send you a financial aid offer after the successful completion of the FAFSA and all requested documentation.
Once your offer has been received, you will need to complete the financial aid checklist.
Applying for ORSAA
Who files the ORSAA? Oregon residents who have undocumented status, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, and/or Temporary Protected Status (TPS). ORSAA Filers: Add ORSAAHelp@hecc.oregon.gov to your email contacts so that important messages do not go to your Spam/Junk folder.
The ORSAA opens on (or after) October 1 each year. Eligible students should complete the ORSAA as soon as possible after the application opens each year. Applying early ensures that students can access the most financial aid opportunities available to them.
ABOUT: The Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) is an alternative to the FAFSA for undocumented Oregon students, including students who have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status or Temporary Protected Status (TPS). By filing the ORSAA, eligible undocumented and DACA students in Oregon can get help paying for college through grants, scholarships, and tuition reduction. After you file the ORSAA, be sure to contact the financial aid office at your college to find out how to apply for the school’s additional financial aid opportunities.
Do NOT complete the ORSAA if you are (1) a U.S. citizen, (2) a legal noncitizen with an Alien Registration number, or (3) an international student who is in the United States with a valid visa. You are not eligible to receive Oregon Opportunity Grants or Oregon Promise grants if you are an international student attending school in Oregon under one of the following visas: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, TN, TD, U, V, TROV, or NATO.
Not sure if you should file a FAFSA or the ORSAA? Take the quiz!