Once you have applied to Oglethorpe and been accepted, you will automatically be considered for merit scholarship by the Admission Committee and a scholarship letter will be sent to you. If you complete the FAFSA and submit it to Oglethorpe, we will create a financial aid award package for you. The Financial Aid Award Letter is a statement of the aid (federal, institutional, state, etc.) being offered to you to study at Oglethorpe.
Frequently Asked Questions
For new students enrolling in the fall semester, financial aid is awarded beginning March 1st and award letters typically arrive within the first two weeks of March. Typically you will receive an email notifying you that your award letter is ready to view in your Petrel Portal. Notifications will continue on a rolling basis as we progress through the spring and summer.
For new students enrolling the spring semester, financial aid is awarded on a rolling basis and award letters typically arrive within two week so us awarding you. Typically you will receive an email notifying you that your award letter is ready to view in your Petrel Portal.
Transfer students must have submitted their official final transcripts before we can award them federal aid.
Financial Aid Letter Walk-through with Chris Summers
Director of Financial Aid Chris Summers walks through a standard financial aid award letter to help inform how to make decisions for your upcoming semester.
The first thing you should do is to check your Petrel Portal and make sure you didn’t miss our email. Second, you can always reach out to the HUB and verify that we have received your FAFSA information.
You can always get a copy of your award letter from your Petrel Portal.
If you have had changes in your family income or had unusual expenses after filing the FAFSA, please notify the financial aid staff in the HUB.
Applying for Financial Aid
Determining Financial Need
How to Read an Award Letter
Contact the HUB