General Information

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General Information

What is the FAFSA?

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The Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA is the application used to determine your eligibility for federal, state and need-based institutional aid. Go to www.fafsa.gov to apply. Once you have completed the application, the Department of Education will send ORU a report of your elligibility for aid.

How can I check my financial aid status?

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The most up-to-date status of your financial aid is available through Vision. Log in to the secure area, then click on “Financial Aid” and “My eligibility.”

In order to watch the “How to Access the Vision Website” video, click here.

In order to watch the “How to Accept Award Offers on VISION” video, click here.

Can my financial aid change?

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Yes. As listed in the award terms and conditions, your financial aid is subject to change. Factors that may affect your financial aid include (but are not limited to): Losing eligibility for scholarships/grants due to GPA/WPA; Enrolling less than full time; Completion of Federal Verification process; EFC change; State/Federal budget changes; additional scholarships/grants; outside resources such as scholarships or vocational rehabilitation. If a change is made for any reason you will be contacted via email.

How do I apply for financial aid?

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You should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as soon as possible after January 1. FAFSA on the Web at http://www.fafsa.gov is the best way to apply. You will need to reapply for financial aid every academic year. The ORU prioirty deadline for you to file your FAFSA is March 1st. Students who complete their FAFSA early have the first opportunity for limited aid.

Do I have to complete a FAFSA each year?

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You must complete a new FAFSA  for each year while you’re in college and apply for financial aid. The new FAFSA becomes available on January 1 of each year.

What semesters are covered by the FAFSA?

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The FAFSA covers the fall, spring and summer semesters. For example, the 2014-2015 FAFSA covers Fall 2014, Spring 2015 and Summer 2015 semesters.

What information will I need to complete the FAFSA?

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If you are a FAFSA dependent student, you will need the following information for yourself and your parents. If you are FAFSA independent, you will need the information for yourself and your spouse, if married.

- Actual or estimated tax returns – W-2 forms – Records of untaxed income (e.g. clergy housing allowance information, veteran’s  non-education benefits records, military Basic Allowance for Sustenance records, statements of child support received, etc.) – Bank statements – Investment records – Business and farm asset information – Driver’s license number – Social Security Number – Alien registration number (for eligible non-citizens)

It is recommended that students and parents who have filed taxes, use the availabe IRS Data Retrieval Tool.  This tool automatically links tax information to the FAFSA, saving time and the likelyhood of falling into verification.  It also ensures that the proper information is entered in the correct line items. The DRS tool is available to use in the Financial Information section of the FAFSA.

What is a PIN number?

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A PIN is a personalized four-digit number issued only to you by the U.S. Department of Education that allows you to sign your FAFSA application electronically. You will also use your PIN to sign your Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Interview if you are awarded student loans. A PIN can be obtained from the PIN website at www.pin.ed.gov. If you do not have a PIN, the FAFSA application will direct you to apply for one before you can continue filing out the form.

Where do I get a PIN number?

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You can apply for a FAFSA PIN online at www.pin.ed.gov. Your PIN will be issued to you immediately; however, it will be “conditional” until your information is verified against Social Security Administration records. You may also apply for a PIN in the “Get Started” section of the FAFSA.

My PIN is not working. What should I do?

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Make sure the name and Social Security Number you are using to sign your FAFSA are correct.

You can visit http://pin.ed.gov to request a duplicate PIN. For more assistance with your PIN, call 1-800-4-FEDAID.

What is the Student Aid Report? (SAR)

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The Student Aid Report is a summary of your FAFSA and its results that the Department of Education sends to the student, usually via email, after they have finished processing the application.  A student can also view their SAR by logging into FAFSA and clicking on “View Processed Information.”  The SAR includes the student’s Estimated Family Contribution amount (EFC) information. It will communicate if a student is in verification, or if the student has any issues to resolve (social security number, etc.).

How do I know if my FAFSA has been received?

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After you have completed your FAFSA you will need to wait at least 3-5 business days before attempting to check the status on Vision. You will see a received FAFSA listed under “My Eligibility” on Vision. If ORU has not received it by this time, please check the FAFSA website to ensure there are no errors displayed for you to correct and that you put ORU’s school code on the FAFSA.

How long does it take to process my file?

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Financial aid packages are generated weekly (beginning March 1 for the upcoming school year). Once your Financial Aid file is complete, your award will be available on Vision within one week. If you are a new student, your award letter will also be mailed to you.

I am not admitted to a degree or eligible certificate program. Can I receive aid?

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You must be a degree-seeking student in order to be eligible for federal financial aid. Contact the ORU Admissions Office to be admitted as a degree-seeking student.

Are non-citizens eligible for financial aid?

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As a non-citizen you are eligible for federal aid only if you are:

- A legal permanent resident of the U.S. – A conditional resident with documention that is not expired – On refugee or asylum status in the U.S., (as stamped on your I-94) – A person paroled into the U.S. for at least one year and has evidence that they intend to become a citizen – A T-visa holder (a victim of human trafficking) – A Cuban-Hatian entrant – A battered immigrants-qualified alien or victims of domestic violence by their U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse. – A Canadian-born Native American, under terms of the Jay Treaty – A resident of Palau, the Marshall Islands, or Micornesia

If you are an international student on an F or J visa, you are NOT eligible for federal financial aid.

What is Constitution Day?

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Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the ratification of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.

In recognition of this historic day, we encourage you to visit the following websites to become more familiar with our country’s foundational documents:

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration.html

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights.html

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution.html

How can I receive updates about my financial aid?

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You can check the status of your Financial Aid at any time on the Vision website (vision.oru.edu). You should also be sure to check your ORU email account for email updates from the Financial Aid Office.

What are your office hours?

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The Student Service Group is available to students Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm. If the Student Service Group is unable to assist you, they will make a next-day appointment for you with the Financial Aid Office. This will allow the Financial Aid Specialist to research your question and provide answers to any concerns you may have.

What is your address?

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ORU Financial Aid Office 7777 S Lewis Ave Tulsa, OK 74171

What is the fax number for the ORU Financial Aid Office?

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Our fax number is 918-495-6803. Please allow up to 2-3 business days for received documents to reflect on Vision.

What is the phone number for ORU Financial Aid?

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918-495-6510 is the number for the Student Service Group. They assist students who call regarding Financial Aid.

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