You CAN afford to go to college, and by researching your options, you can find the path that fits your needs.
What is financial aid?
Financial aid is money from federal, state and private institutions that's used to pay educational costs. Sources of financial aid include:
- The federal government
- The state government
- Colleges and universities
- Community groups, including religious and civic organizations, professional associations and corporations
Financial Aid and Financial Planning Opportunities
There are many types of programs that provide financial assistance for college, or "financial aid," to help you manage the cost of college. Financial aid includes scholarships, grants, work-study and loans. To become eligible for financial aid assistance, some scholarships and grants require you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), while Oklahoma's Promise requires that you continue meeting the conditions agreed upon when you signed up for the program in the eighth, ninth or 10th grade.
Find out about scholarships made available by Oklahoma's public colleges and universities.
Complete the FAFSA form. Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school.
Get helpful tips and advice about filling out the FAFSA form, an important step in getting money for college.
OKcollegestart.org (OKCS) is a comprehensive college planning and career exploration portal for students, parents, and educators. The site features an interactive scholarship search program, ACT and SAT test prep resources, career planning tools, and detailed profiles of Oklahoma colleges and universities. Through the portal, users access detailed federal and state financial aid information and an online application for the Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship program. Site content is available in multiple languages, and OKCS offers a companion site that allows K-12 educators and counselors to develop system-defined Individual Career Academic Plans (ICAP) and send and receive electronic transcripts.
Oklahoma Money Matters
Oklahoma Money Matters (OKMM), OCAP’s financial literacy initiative, utilizes targeted outreach programs and strategic partnerships to help youth and adults successfully manage personal finances, understand consumer credit and navigate the financial aid process. OKMM works collaboratively with K-12 schools, higher education campuses, and community partners to develop and integrate customized financial education programs and services, including campus and community training workshops, print and online publications, web text, and multimedia tools available at OklahomaMoneyMatters.org, which features a searchable resource clearinghouse, an interactive budgeting application, self-paced online curriculum modules and podcasts.
Oklahoma's Promise offers qualified Oklahoma students an opportunity to earn a scholarship for college tuition.
Private Financial Aid Resources
Find out about the many private financial aid resources available to help you with the cost of college.
Ready Set Repay
Ready Set Repay is a comprehensive student loan management and default prevention initiative that empowers borrowers in every stage of the loan lifecycle – in school, in repayment, facing repayment challenges, or in default status - to make smart borrowing choices, connecting today’s loan decisions to tomorrow’s debt load and salary expectations; to successfully navigate repayment; and to overcome loan default. The centerpiece of this initiative is OCAP's student loan management website, ReadySetRepay.org, which includes enhanced features and tools for both students and schools.
Learn how to protect yourself from financial aid scams.
This site provides students and parents with information about specific FAFSA topics and allows them to ask questions, watch FAFSA video tutorials in English or Spanish and download publications. New topics and answers to important questions are uploaded weekly.
State and Federal Financial Aid Programs
Find out about financial aid offered by the the state of Oklahoma and the federal government.
The UCanGo2 site provides information and resources for students and parents about preparing, planning and paying for education after high school. For more information, call 405.234.4554 or 866.443.7420 or visit the UCanGo2 website at www.UCanGo2.org.