Financial Aid

SFA Status tabAward Summary tabTo Do List tabTo Do List tabSFA Status tab

demo View a demonstration of viewing financial aid / accepting financial aid


  • Student Center - Financial Aid section - View Financial Aid
  • Buckeye Link - Accounts and Financial Aid section- Financial Aid status


1. The Financial Aid: Select Aid Year to View page will appear.

Financial Aid:Select Aid Year

2. Click the appropriate Aid Year. The To Do List will appear.

Financial Aid page - To Do List tab

  • To Do Items must be completed before the aid will be awarded.
  • Status
    • Each item will initially have a Status of "Initiated", meaning the item is required but has not yet been received.
    • When the item is received by the Office of Student Financial Aid, the Status changes to "Received".
    • After the item has been received and processed, the Status changes to "Completed". Processing of the financial aid award will not continue until the Status is "Completed."
  • Due: Receipt deadline for priority aid consideration.  If all items are not recevied by the Due date, you may lose eligibility for some aid.
  • Received: Date the To Do Item was received by the Office of Student Financial Aid

3. Select the SFA Status tab.

Financial Aid: SFA Status page

  • Application - FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Date Received - Date FAFSA received by U.S. Department of Education process
  • Estimated Cost of Attendance - Budget used to determine financial aid eligibility; includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses
  • Expected Family Contribution - (EFC) Index from your Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • Financial Aid Need - Difference between Estimated Cost of Attendance and Expected Family Contribution
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress(SAP)Eligibility Information - Indicates a student’s successful completion of coursework that is applied to a certificate or degree program. For additional information, go to the SAP overview.

4. Click the Award Summary tab.

Financial Aid: Award Summary page

  • Aid Year: Summer 2014- Spring 2015
  • Award Name:
    • Select Award Name to open a new window with more information about that award.
    • Select Accept-Decline Award Button to accept or decline awards not automatically accepted. Refer to the Accept/Decline Awards reference for more information.
  • Scholarship Applicants and Recipients: Authorization of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Select I Authorize button to allow the Student Financial Aid office to share your information with scholarship providers external to Ohio State.
  • Financial Aid Award Guide: Opens the Student Financial Aid Office's Financial Aid Award Guide.
  • Less Than Full Time Chart: Opens a new window containing the Aid Eligibility Chart for adjustment from full-time to reduced hours through the end of refund period.
  • Shopping Sheet Link: A standardized award letter designed to simplify the information prospective students receive about costs and financial aid so they can easily compare institutions and make informed decisions about where to attend school.
  • Term section: lists the amount awarded per term and award type for the displayed aid year. There will be one sub-section for each term in the aid year.

Print Award Summary: allows you to print an Official Summary of your awards.

1. [Optional] Select "Campus" or "Current" as the Address.

2. SelectPrint Award Summary button.

3. Select Yes Button to the Security Information Question.

4. Select Print Button.

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