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FAFSA Instructions

2020-21 School Year

The information below applies to the 2020-21 school year, which includes fall 2020, spring 2021 and summer 2021. 

For all students seeking admission or returning to C of O during the 2020-21 year, completion of a 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required. Listed below are the suggested steps you should follow in order to complete your FAFSA.

• The FAFSA will be available online beginning October 1. 

• Once you have filed a FAFSA, do not complete another application for the same school year.  Instead, update your current year application. If you did not include the Federal School Code for College of the Ozarks on the FAFSA you submitted, access the FAFSA already completed and add school code 002500 for       College of the Ozarks.

• In order to complete a FAFSA, the student and a parent must use a unique Federal Student Aid ID (FSAID).  To create your own unique FSAID, please go to

• Complete your FAFSA online at For the 2020-21 FAFSA you will need 2018 tax and other financial information for you (and your parents) to complete the FAFSA. We highly recommend using the IRS Data Retrieval function in the FAFSA to retrieve unaltered student and parent tax data from the IRS to populate the appropriate FAFSA fields.  Doing so provides a more accurate result and reduces the additional documents required to process the file when it arrives at the College.

• Following completion and submission of your FAFSA, the financial aid office should receive your results in approximately 7-10 business days. 

• If additional information is required in order to process your FAFSA results and financial aid file at C of O, the financial aid office will notify you accordingly.

FAFSA Completion Dates

New Applicants and First Time Students – Financial Aid Dates

The dates for Admission and Financial Aid occur early for the next school year (which starts in August).  More information can be found on the Application Process webpage.  

For quick reference, here are the dates:

New Students

 Preferred completion dates

FAFSA                                                                    November 15, for December 31 initial admission consideration (for fall classes starting next August)

C of O General Scholarship Application*                March 1, for the fall semester (applications submitted after this date will still be accepted for consideration)

 *C of O General Scholarship Application for 2020-21 will open by January 15. 

Current Students
 Preferred completion dates

FAFSA                                                                    January 16, for next fall semester

C of O General Scholarship Application*               March 1, for next fall semester (applications submitted after this date will still be accepted for consideation)

 *C of O General Scholarship Application for 2020-21 will open by January 15. 



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