Financial Aid Timeline

Financial Aid is as good as money!
Be sure to stay ahead of schedule.

  • If you have not submitted the FAFSA, do it now! Don’t delay! You will receive a report from the federal processor after submitting the FAFSA. Check the report carefully for errors. Any errors that are found should be corrected. Errors can be corrected at, or you may call our office at 740-477-7716 for help.
  • March 15th is Ohio Christian University’s deadline for new and continuing students to complete the FAFSA. Please complete the FAFSA and submit requested documentation.
  • If you have completed your FAFSA, but have been selected for verification or have other FAFSA issues please submit the requested paperwork to the OCU Financial Aid Office. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
  • Look for a summer job! Chances are, you will need to contribute at least some money toward your school bill for the coming school year. Do not depend on school loans as your income for college!
  • Notify us of any scholarships you have received from outside sources. This will enable us to finalize your financial aid package for the coming school year once we have received your FAFSA.
  • If your family contribution is unmanageable, consider making interest-free monthly payments through the online payment system. Call the Ohio Christian University Financial Aid Department at (740) 477-7716 for more information.
  • Check with your church and remind them of our Church Matching Grant Program. We will match up to $500 per semester with your church’s donation to your education. Church Matching Grant Program application forms are available in the Financial Aid Office and online.
  • NEW STUDENTS: Ask your guidance counselor to forward your FINAL high school transcript to Ohio Christian University.
  • Consider our monthly payment plan through the OCU website. If you prefer to take advantage of this service, just go to, and click on "Payment Options."
  • If you have signed up for the OCU payment plan, your first payment is due August 1st. Review your award letter and billing estimate and send it back signed to the Financial Aid Office along with any other requested paperwork that you received in your award packet. Payment must be made in full by August 1st unless another payment option has already been selected.
  • The first date you may submit your FAFSA application for Ohio is October 1, 2017, by midnight, Central Time. Get paperwork in order this month and prepare to submit your FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1st.
  • Great news! You can now submit your application for FAFSA earlier! The first available time to submit your FAFSA for Ohio is October 1, 2017, by midnight, Central Time. This new change has been implemented in 2017. In previous years students requesting federal aid would have to wait until January 1st. Read more about these changes at:
  • Fill out the FAFSA online using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and/or other requested financial information. Designate Ohio Christian University (School ID#003030) as a recipient of the data. You can find out more directly from