To apply for federal aid you must:


1. Make sure you meet federal eligibility requirements to receive financial aid.

2. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), applying as soon as possible after Oct. 1 using previous year tax data from 2 years prior (for example, the 2017-18 application will use 2015 tax information). Improvements to the FAFSA application process now allow for direct data download from your IRS return! Follow the prompts while completing the application to authorize this information exchange. Always remember that there is no fee to apply for federal aid.

3. List Oregon State on your FAFSA application using our school code, 003210.

4. The priority FAFSA application deadline for Oregon State is February 28th. This date is used to determine eligibility for some need-based aid programs as well as State and Institutional funds. Applications received after the priority deadline will still be eligible for federal aid such as the Pell Grant and Direct Loans. Graduate students are not eligible for federal grants.

5. Apply for admission to Oregon State: Apply Online. You will not be considered for any financial aid award until you have applied to the University.


Applying as a Transfer Student

When transferring to another institution, it is important to understand that a financial aid award is not always fully transferable to other schools; each institution may award you different amounts and types of aid. Awards are determined by eligibility, the cost of attendance at each school, and the total number of aid dollars available at each school. To begin the process of requesting aid at a different institution, simply add your new school’s code to the FAFSA, that school will then receive your FAFSA application and begin the process of awarding you financial aid.


You should also contact the financial aid office of the school you will be attending to determine:

  • their aid application procedures
  • what aid is available
  • what forms may be required
  • if you must be admitted before your file will be reviewed


Also allow a reasonable amount of time for the necessary paperwork to be processed. Be sure to follow through with the process by staying in touch with the school to make sure paperwork has been received and your file is complete.


Transferring to Oregon State:

To start the financial aid process at Oregon State you must first have applied for admission. Below is a helpful checklist to make sure your transition is smooth and successful.


1. Apply for admission to Oregon State: Apply Online.

2. Add Oregon State to your financial aid application (FAFSA) by adding our school code (003210) online at or by calling the FAFSA processor at 1-800-433-3243.

3. Contact your current school's financial aid office and cancel any financial aid for subsequent terms. You cannot receive aid at more than one school at a time so it is critical that this process occur.

4. Once your FAFSA has been received you will receive an award notification, or a request for additional information from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships via email.

5. Turn in any information that is requested by financial aid.

6. Accept your financial aid award.


Applying for Scholarships

Oregon State is committed to recruiting and retaining motivated, diverse, and driven students. In an effort to assist with the expenses involved in a high caliber education, incoming students are automatically considered for scholarships based on their application for admission and completion of the scholarship portion of the application at the time of admission and prior to the February 1 deadline.


Where to look for other scholarships

State aid in Oregon includes the Oregon Opportunity Grant (for OR residents) and many additional opportunities can be found at the OSAC website (Oregon Student Access Commission).


Institutional aid includes scholarships based on your major/college. Oregon State now offers an online searchable database that can help refine your search. Visit to see what is waiting for you!


Private aid includes scholarships and aid given by outside agencies and can include such places as churches, labor unions, service groups; like Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, P.E.O., Zonta, Soroptomist, your local community, your parents place of employment, and professional organizations in your major, i.e. Society of Women Engineers. Also go to your local city or county library for scholarship books, or find opportunities on the Internet search using various criteria. A little time spent researching can pay off in the end!


International Students

OSU offers and administers a number of scholarships and tuition remission programs for qualified international students. Scholarship and award information for newly admitted and continuing students, undergraduate and graduate students can be found in International Student Advising & Services (ISAS). Please note that international students are not eligible for U.S. federal financial aid.


Federal Work Study

Federal Work-Study is a Federal aid program administered by the OSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. Eligibility is need-based and limited to students with exceptional financial need. Part-time federal work-study employment gives you the opportunity to earn money during the school year to help pay for educational costs including rent, books, food, and personal expenses.


If you have been awarded Federal work-study funds, and have accepted them, we encourage you to take advantage of the work-study opportunities during the upcoming year, and hope this information helps you find a federal work-study job. NOTE: If you have not been awarded federal work-study, you can still work on campus in a regular student job.


Additional Information on Federal Work-Study