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Financial Aid

It is a common misconception that financial aid is not available for adults returning to college or entering college for the first time. Financial assistance is available in many forms ranging from government aid to industry-specific aid.

The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a form required to apply for student aid. Forms are available at college or university financial aid offices or online at www.fafsa.gov.

Additionally, it is never too late to save for your college education, and the Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan is a flexible savings program that allows adults to save for their own undergraduate or graduate education. The program offers tax advantages, including a $2,500 state income tax deduction, and a low start-up investment of $25 or $15 per pay period through payroll deduction.

To find out how much tuition and fees are going to be at the institution you would like to attend, visit the Admissions and Campus Services page, then find your institution and click the Tuition and Fees link under that institution. You can also visit the Paying for College section of OKcollegestart.org.

Check out the following links find what kinds of aid are available, how to apply, how to contact campus financial aid offices and more.

Grants and Scholarships
Student Loans
Tips for Applying

Online Financial Aid Resources for Adult Students
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have provided links to several financial aid websites and hope they are helpful. However, the State Regents cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy or content of these pages or guarantee full access to them. Before starting a scholarship search, we suggest you read the U.S. Department of Education and Federal Trade Commission information on scholarship scams in an effort to protect yourself from being victimized.

College Entry/Re-Entry
Back to College
Society of Women Engineers – Reentry Scholarships for Women
Women in Transition Accounting Scholarship

Community/Civic Service
AmeriCorps
Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

Corporate-Sponsored
Boeing Scholarships
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
Cox Connects Education Scholarships
GM Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP)/Body Service
Microsoft Scholarships
Oklahoma Partnership for Industry and Education (OPIE) Scholarship
Walmart Foundation Scholarship Programs
Xerox Internships and Scholarships

Disability/Special Needs
Financial Aid for Students With Disabilities
National Federation of the Blind

Discipline/Major
Accounting Scholarships
Actuarial Scholarships
American Geological Institute Minority Participation Program
American Psychological Association
National Federation of Paralegal Associations/West Scholarship

Financial Aid Information/Searches
College Board Online
College Scholarships, Colleges and Online Degrees
College Tool Kit
Education Exception to Additional Tax on Early IRA Distributions
FAFSA4caster
FastWeb
Federal Student Aid
FedMoney.org
FinAid
Free-4U Scholarship Search
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Peterson's
SallieMae Fund
ScholarshipExperts.com
Scholarships and Grants
School Soup
Tax Benefits for Education

Health/Medical
Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program

Math, Science, Engineering, Technology
AT&T Labs Fellowship Program

Military
Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarships
Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarships
Navy/Marines Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarships
Veterans Report

Minority/Gender-Based Opportunities
Bureau of Indian Education Student Scholarship and Internship Opportunities
Center for Reintegration
Development Fund For Black Students In Science And Technology
Financial Aid for Female Students
Financial Aid for Minority Students
Financial Aid for Native American Students
Hispanic College Fund
La Unidad Latina
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Scholarships
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
National Association of Black Journalists
Thurgood Marshall College Fund (must attend an HBCU)
United Negro College Fund
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students

Oklahoma Opportunities
Career Advocates of Tulsa Foundation Scholarship (PDF, 21k)
Oklahoma City Community Foundation
Oklahoma Grants and Scholarships

Study Abroad/International
International Education Financial Aid
International Education of Students (IES) Scholarships
Rotary International Centers for International Students

Additional Opportunities
Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation
Bankrate.com Listing of 17 "Bizarre" Scholarships

The State Regents offer many programs and services to help you return to college or begin your college education. For more information, review the information provided on this site, email studentinfo@osrhe.edu or call 1.800.858.1840 (225-9239 in Oklahoma City).