FAFSA Instructions

Applying for 2016-2017

Dear Student,

Thank you for considering the College of the Ozarks.  A required part of the admissions process is the completion of a 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Please use FAFSA on the Web to complete your FAFSA.  This is a faster, easier version of the paper FAFSA, which will electronically deliver your information to the schools of your choice.  Listed below are the suggested steps you should follow in order to complete your financial aid application on the web.  If you have already filed a 2016-2017 FAFSA, do not complete another application.

  1. In order to complete the FAFSA for 2016-17, students and a parent must use a unique Federal Student Aid ID (FSAID). Previously, users submitted the FAFSA using a PIN. Previously created PINs are now obsolete. To create your new FSAID, please go to:


  2. Complete your FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov after January 1, 2016.  You will need 2015 financial information for you and your parents to complete the FAFSA. When possible, please use the IRS Data Retrieval function to retrieve unaltered student and parent tax data from the IRS to populate the appropriate FAFSA fields.

  3. After you have submitted your application online using the “Submit My FAFSA Now” button, applying you and your parent's FSA ID information as your signatures, the Department of Education will electronically send your application to the schools of your choice in 3-5 business days.  It usually takes 7-10 business days for the Financial Aid Office to process your application.  Please make sure that you add our school code to your application.  Our school code is 002500.

It is very important that you and your parents understand that by signing the FAFSA application you certify that you (1) will use federal and/or state financial aid only to pay the cost of attending an institution of higher education, (2) are not in default on a federal student loan or have made satisfactory arrangements to repay it, (3) do not owe money back on a federal student grant or have made satisfactory arrangements to repay it, (4) will notify your school if you default on a federal student loan and (5) will not receive a Federal Pell Grant for more than one school for the same period of time.  Signing the application also means that you agree, if asked, to provide information that will verify the accuracy of your completed form.  This information may include your U.S. tax forms.  Also, you certify that you understand that the Secretary of Education has the authority to verify information reported on this application with the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies.  If you purposely give false or misleading information, you may be fined $20,000, sent to prison, or both.

More information may be found about scholarship opportunities and the cost of attending the College is located on our website, www.cofo.edu.  You may also contact us at (800) 222-0525 if you have additional questions.


Financial Aid Staff



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