Federal Student Aid Resources

Federal Student Aid Resources

FAFSA Instructions

2021-22 School Year

The information below applies to the 2021-22 year, which includes fall 2021, spring 2022 and summer 2022.

For all students seeking admission or returning to C of O during the 2021-22 year, completion of a 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA) is required. Listed below are the suggested steps you should follow in order to complete your FAFSA.

•The 2021-22 FAFSA will open on October 1.

• Once you have filed a 2021-22 FAFSA, do not complete another application.  If you did not include the Federal School Code for College of the Ozarks on the FAFSA you submitted, access the FAFSA already completed and add school code 002500 for College of the Ozarks.

• In order to sign and complete a FAFSA, the student and a parent must use a unique Federal Student Aid ID (FSAID). To create your own unique FSAID, please go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid#parents.

• Complete your FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov. You will need 2019 tax and other financial information for you (and your parents) to complete the FAFSA. We highly recommend using the IRS Data Retrieval function in the FAFSA to retrieve unaltered student and parent tax data from the IRS to populate the appropriate FAFSA fields.  Doing so provides a more accurate result and reduces the additional documents required to process the file when it arrives at the College.

• Following completion and submission of your FAFSA, the financial aid office should receive your results in about two weeks.  

• If additional information is required in order to process your FAFSA results and financial aid file at C of O, the financial aid office will notify you accordingly.

FAFSA Completion Dates

New Applicants and First Time Students – Financial Aid Dates

The dates for Admission and Financial Aid occur early for the next school year (which starts in August).  More information can be found on the Application Process webpage.

For quick reference, here are the dates:

New Students

                                                                                  Preferred completion dates

FAFSA                                                                    November 15, for December 31 initial admission consideration (for fall classes starting next August)

C of O General Scholarship Application*                February 15, for the fall semester


Current Students

                                                                                  Preferred completion dates

FAFSA                                                                    January 16, for next fall semester

C of O General Scholarship Application*             February 15, for next fall semester


 *Alumni Scholarship and C of O General Scholarship Applications will open in January each year.