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Student Financial Services

North Foundation Hall, Room 120
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
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(248) 370-2550

Office Hours:
M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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OU school code: 002307

Student employment contact: studentempl@oakland.edu

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Applying for Financial Assistance

To receive financial aid, you must be admitted to and enrolled at Oakland University. Whether applying as an undergraduate, graduate or medical student, the first step is to apply for admission.

After you’ve created your Federal Student Aid account (FSA ID), your next step in applying for financial assistance is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must complete the FAFSA each year in order to apply for federal financial assistance and to maintain eligibility for need-based institutional funding. The FAFSA for the next academic year is available online starting every October 1. Submit your FAFSA between October 1 - March 1 for priority processing to maximize federal, state, and OU financial aid eligibility. 

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Create an FSA ID

To access and sign the FAFSA, as well as access federal websites related to financial aid, you must create an FSA ID. Parents whose information is included on the FAFSA must also create an FSA ID to sign the FAFSA electronically, and to access federal websites related to financial aid.

You will need to do the following when creating your FSA ID:

  • Provide personal email (unique to each user)
  • Provide social security number
  • Provide birthdate
  • Provide personal phone number (unique to each user)
  • Select four challenge questions and provide answers
  • Verify your email and your mobile number before you exit the FSA ID website

You (and your parents, where appropriate) should create an FSA ID at least 3-5 days prior to completing the FAFSA.

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Complete the FAFSA

You should complete the FAFSA every October 1 (or shortly thereafter) to apply for financial aid for the next academic year. Since some financial assistance is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, you should complete the FAFSA as soon as it becomes available on October 1 to increase your chances of receiving aid. Include Oakland’s school code (002307) on your FAFSA to ensure we receive your application.

Students (and parents, when applicable) who file taxes are encouraged to complete the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) embedded in the FAFSA. Using the DRT confirms the tax information filed with the IRS and provides an added measure of security by never showing tax data on the screen. The tax information is encrypted and only shows “Transferred from the IRS” as the answer for each question. The information does not become unencrypted and visible until received by OU’s Student Financial Services for processing.

Need help with your FAFSA? No problem! Call us at (248) 370-2550 or register for a Virtual FAFSA Group Workshop. We are ready to help.

OUWB students who need help renewing their FAFSA should contact OUWB Financial Services.

Students who complete their FAFSA in October can expect to begin receiving financial aid award notifications beginning in January.

Complete the FAFSA

Receive Financial Aid Offer

If you complete the FAFSA in October, you can expect to receive financial aid award notifications beginning in January. Electronic award notifications are sent to your Oakland email address, asking you to view on MySAIL the amount and types of financial assistance for which you are eligible. Always remember to check your Oakland University email regularly — you do not want to miss these notifications for awards and requirements.

If there are any changes or updates to your financial aid award package, a revised award notification will be sent. If a situation occurs which significantly impacts your household's current financial standing, you should call (248) 370-2550 to speak with a financial aid adviser immediately.

Financial aid is initially offered for the regular academic year (fall/winter semesters) but may be available during the summer semester. Learn more about financial aid for summer classes.

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