Sometimes, students find it necessary to completely withdraw from all of their classes at OSUIT after receiving their federal financial aid. If you use financial aid to pay your educational charges, any refund of tuition, fees, or on-campus room and board associated with your withdrawal can be returned to the federal financial aid program that helped you pay your charges.
OSUIT’s tuition and fee refund policy is as follows:
- If you withdraw during OSUIT’s designated add/drop period (typically, 2nd week of school) you receive a 100% tuition refund.
- If you withdraw AFTER OSUIT’s designated drop/add period you will receive NO TUITION REFUND. ADDITIONALLY, you may be subject to U.S. Department of Education regulations regarding Return of Title IV funds, based on the latest date of attendance in class as reported to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships by classroom instructors.
In accordance with 34CFR Sec.668.22, any student at OSUIT who completely withdraws from all classes or ceases attendance will be subject to the Return of Title IV funds policy. Federal regulations require a student to remain enrolled or attend classes beyond 60% of the semester to earn 100% of their financial aid.
All first-time student loan borrowers at OSUIT must wait 30 days after school begins to receive the first disbursement of the Federal Direct Loan. Your student loan funds will not be available for you on the first day of school.
The first time you borrow through the Federal Direct Loan Program, you will be required to complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN). This student loan counseling session and MPN are completed via the Internet at studentloans.gov. If you have Internet access, you can visit this website from your personal computer. There are computers available to use for financial aid purposes in the OSUIT library and in the lobby of the Grady W. Clack Center. You will be required to complete these requirements before we can disburse your first Direct Loan funds.
All available Federal Work-Study (FWS) job openings are listed here. Most FWS positions are on campus. Your FWS work schedule will be developed around your class schedule so, as not to interfere with the time you need to be in the classroom. FWS student employees are allowed to work 15 hours per week. If you are interested in finding on-campus employment, here’s what you need to do:
- Stop by the Student Financial Services Office to obtain a FWS Referral and application. (This will verify that you qualify for Federal Work Study).
- Choose the job from the FWS job link. Contact the department contact listed on the link above for an interview. Take your FWS Employee Referral / Authorization form and application to the supervisor responsible for filling that position. Remember, you are applying for a real job, so treat it as such.
- Once you have been hired, have the supervisor sign your FWS Referral Form and return it to Student Financial Services along with your application, social security card and photo ID.
- Once your background check is complete, human resources will contact your supervisor to notify them that you may begin working.
- Your supervisor will work with you to develop a work schedule. If you’re not hired for the first position you apply for, you can choose another position from the FWS job list.
Academic counseling is available for students who are experiencing academic difficulties. Academic counseling is available from several sources, including your instructor(s), your faculty advisor, and from the Director of your academic division. In addition to the academic counseling available in your department, counseling is also available from the Admissions Specialists in the Admissions Office.
The College Readiness Center (or LASSO Center), located in Room 105 of the Learning Resource Center, features full access to all Library and College Readiness resources. Free tutoring in a variety of subjects offered through the College’s Arts and Sciences Division is available to all current and prospective OSUIT students.
If you need assistance in making a career choice, you should contact the OSUIT Assessment Center, located in the Grady W. Clack Center. The Assessment Center offers free comprehensive, individualized career/academic profiling and counseling services to students. Information is entered into a computerized profiling system and a member of the Assessment Center will assist you in evaluating the results. The profile will determine which careers or academic programs you are best suited for. Information that may be used includes your values, interests, abilities, aptitudes, and personality characteristics.
A student may receive financial assistance for an approved degree program for a maximum of 150% of the required credit hours, or a maximum of 150% of the approved terms required for completion of that program, whichever is completed first. Should the maximum number of hours allowed for a degree be exceeded, a student with extenuating circumstances may appeal to the Office of Student Financial Services to obtain permission to exceed the maximum hours limit. Transfer students who transfer hours and are close to exceeding this limit should complete the Request to Exceed Maximum Hours Form to determine financial aid eligibility.
Students can receive financial aid at OSUIT for one bachelor's degree.Federal Pell Grant duration of eligibility for all Federal Pell Grant recipients is the equivalent of twelve full-time semesters (600%). The calculation of the duration of a student’s eligibility will include all years of the student’s receipt of Federal Pell Grant funding.
Students who have received an associate degree or higher from any institution may exceed the maximum hours to receive a degree before receiving a second degree. If so,he or she will need to complete an appeal.
Students who experience special circumstances that could have an effect on financial aid eligibility can request a “professional judgment” review of those circumstances by contacting Student Financial Services. Special circumstances eligible for consideration can include:
- Excessive medical/dental expenses not covered by insurance
- unusually high child care costs
- recent unemployment of a family member
- changes in the family income situation that is out of the control of the individual
Once the student signs into their Banner Portal (my.okstate.edu) the financial aid package will be presented, if ready, with total amounts for the academic year followed by each of the terms. Each financial aid award will come in three columns: offered, accepted, and disbursed. Only the OFFERED Column will contain financial aid when the package is ready to accept or reject; once the Submit button is pushed at the bottom of the page, both OFFERED and ACCEPTED Columns will show financial aid. The disbursed columns will be used after money is paid to the student's account.
- Grants and scholarships, which do not have to be paid back, are automatically accepted
- Additionally, some grants, scholarships, and Federal work study, do not show on the student's account until paid.
- Some scholarships and OK Promise do not show on the student's account until processing is complete before payment, sometimes OVER ONE MONTH into the term.
- Do not forget the Submit button at the bottom nor the links to Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note!
- Notice of your award letter, like many financial aid correspondence to students, is done by EMAIL. CHECK YOUR INSTITUTIONAL EMAIL OFTEN!
All students have a cost of attendance budget and the financial aid received from all sources (scholarships, grants, loans, and federal work study) cannot exceed the cost of attendance budget. NEED based aid as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) cannot exceed a student's need. Need is determined by:
Cost of attendance - EFC (Expected Family Contribution) = NEED.
Need based aid includes grants, scholarships, federal work-study, and subsidized student loans. If a student receives an outside grant or scholarship after the student has been awarded their financial aid and the additional funds exceed need or cost of attendance, some financial aid already received may have to be adjusted or returned to the funding source. This is called an over-award. To prevent an over-award from occurring, every student is responsible for reporting to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships all forms of aid received from private and public sources.
For further information about student financial aid, contact the OSUIT Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at 918-293-4684, at 1-800-722-4471 ext. 4684, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org