Applying for Financial Aid
To apply for Federal Student Aid, Oklahoma state grants, and other need-based aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for each school year you are enrolled. You are encouraged to complete this application as soon as possible after it becomes available on October 1 preceding the school year. This application uses a federal calculation to determine your family's ability to pay for your education. After you complete the FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) with your results, including your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is the figure the Financial Aid Office uses to determine how much and what types of aid you may be eligible to receive. Please review your SAR to make sure the information is correct. If you listed Francis Tuttle as a school on your FAFSA, we will receive the same information that was on your SAR. The school code for Francis Tuttle is 015702.
After we review your FAFSA results, the Financial Aid Office will send you a letter requesting any additional documents (e.g., signed tax returns, W-2's, etc.) that we need. If any corrections need to be made, the Financial Aid Office will update your FAFSA and determine your eligibility for Federal Student Aid and state grants. The Financial Aid Office will provide you with an Award Notification that shows all the financial aid you are eligible to receive.
General Eligibility Requirements
To receive funding from any of the federal or state student aid programs, you must meet all of the following criteria:
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Demonstrate financial need through the FAFSA
- Have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalency (e.g., the GED), or complete homeschooling at the secondary level.
- Be pursuing a certificate in a program (career major) that has been approved for Title IV eligibility
- Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress in your program
- Certify funds will be used for educational purposes through the FAFSA
- Comply with the Selective Service System requirements (male students only)
- Not be in default on a previous loan or owe a repayment on any grants
Students Convicted of Possession or Sale of Drugs
If you were convicted for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving Federal Student Aid (such as grants, work-study, or loans) your eligibility for Federal and State funds may be affected. If this applies to you, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (405) 717-4315.
Dependent students must include the information for their parent(s) on the FAFSA. Please keep in mind that you must be able to answer "yes" to at least one question in Step 3 of the FAFSA in order to be considered independent, even if you are self-supporting and file your own taxes. If you have no contact with your parents and don't know where they live, or if you've left home due to an abusive situation, fill out the FAFSA form and immediately get in touch with the Financial Aid Office at (405) 717-4315 to set up an appointment to discuss your situation.
If your legal parents are married to each other or live together, you should report information about both parents on the FAFSA. Your legal parents are your biological or adoptive parents, or your parents as determined by the state--for example, if the parent is listed on your birth certificate. If the parent whose information you report on the FAFSA is remarried, you should also include the stepparent's financial information . Please click here for additional information on which parent(s) information to include on the FAFSA.
The FAFSA uses the tax information from the two years prior to your school year. We understand that your financial circumstances may change in the interim. If you feel the FAFSA does not represent your current income situation, you may contact the Financial Aid Office at (405) 717-4315 to set up an appointment to discuss your financial situation. You will need to provide the Special Circumstances Form with all the documentation to substantiate your current income. For example, if you, your spouse, or a parent (for dependent student) is unemployed, you may need to provide documentation of the last date of employment, the unemployment benefit statements, and a recent pay stub showing your year-to-date earnings.