When will I receive my financial aid?


When will I receive my financial aid?

So you’ve filled out your FAFSA, dutifully sent in required materials, checked your scholarship eligibility and… Now what? If you will be attending OU in the fall, you're probably wondering when your financial aid will be disbursed.

Typically, financial aid at OU is disbursed in several stages. At OU, your semester fees can show up in your Bursar long before your financial aid is due to arrive. If this has happened to you, the first step in the process is simple: Don’t panic! Your financial aid is probably already on its way. Here is a rough guide for knowing when to expect your financial aid (and where) this semester.

  • August 13: ACH refunds (direct deposit) are disbursed to your bank account if you signed up for eRefund*
  • August 14: PLUS refunds are mailed to parents (if requested)
  • August 20: Fall classes begin!
  • August 28: Refund checks are mailed*

*Please allow 2-3 days for processing. For North America and Europe students, this will take place on Sept. 2 or the second day of your first class.

And there you have it! In most cases, all you have to do is wait. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have more questions about your financial aid or are worried your aid award might be unusually late.

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Mary Wuestewald

Mary Wuestewald specializes in digital and content marketing at PACS. She is an editor and contributor for Insight magazine, the Insight blog and PACS social media efforts.