Federal Student Aid Resources


Federal Student Aid Resources

Federal Student Aid – Account Access, Management and Tools


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 opened 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*  March 15, for the fall semester (applications taken later, but may result in reduced scholarship opportunities)

Current Students 

  Completion dates
FAFSA Deadline for completion online at www.fafsa.gov : December 31, for next fall semester
(failure to meet this deadline may affect eligibility for Summer Work Program and class registration)

C of O General Scholarship Application*  Priority Date: March 15, for next fall semester (applications taken later, but may result in reduced scholarship opportunities)


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