January: FAFSA is available to complete for the upcoming academic year. Visit www.fafsa.gov to fill out your FAFSA. You may wish to use our Application Checklist to guide you.
February – April: Once your FAFSA is completed, watch the mail for your Student Aid Report (SAR). You can read any comments on the report on-line. If selected for verification, send the required documents to the financial aid office; the best way is to fax them to 256-726-7474 (be sure they are legible and turned the correct way). Our forms are created to be filled on-line, printed, signed, and faxed.
March: Academic Registration for fall semester. Priority FAFSA application date for the approaching fall semester. There is not an unlimited amount of Federal Aid. Some aid is based on a first-come first-served basis so the sooner the FAFSA is done, the better for you!
April: Be sure to request that your High School sends a final transcript showing that you graduated, have a GED (General Education Diploma) or you may not be able to receive federal aid.
May – July: You will be sent an Oakwood University award letter (also available at MyOakwood) explaining which aid is available to you. Decide what types of aid you would like and contact Student Accounts Office as soon as possible to set up a payment plan. A completed payment plan must be in place before you can register for your classes.
July: Must have all paperwork (including signed payment plan, loan paperwork, financial release, any verification paperwork, etc.) completed or preregistered classes will be dropped.
August 1: First payment due.