We know that affordability is one of the biggest considerations when choosing a college. That is why Oglethorpe is committed to offering a variety of strategies and resources to help make the net cost of this education and experience affordable. More than 90% of Oglethorpe students receive some type of financial aid to help finance their education.
How do I know if I am eligible for financial aid?
Many students qualify for some type of financial aid. The eligibility requirements for most types of financial aid are below. You can find additional information at Federal Student Aid.
If you believe that you will not qualify for Federal Student Aid because of your legal status, please visit our Financial Aid for DACA & Undocumented Students.
Admission to a Degree Program
Being formally admitted is different from just taking classes. Most financial aid requires that you be a degree seeking student. A degree seeking student is a student that has been admitted to a program and upon successful completion of that program would earn a degree. At Oglethorpe that would include a Bachelor’s of Art, Bachelor’s of Science, Bachelor’s of Business Administration, and a Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts.
Ensure You are Enrolled in Enough Credits
Financial aid awards are based on the number of credits in which you are enrolled. The minimum number of credit hours required to be considered full time is 12 credit hours. (Note: If you are planning to graduate in 4 years and taking only fall semester and spring semester courses, you will need to enroll in 16 credit hours to meet the 128 degree credit hour requirement.)
Your enrollment is reviewed the week after the end of the Add/Drop each term. Your financial aid awards may be prorated (if necessary) based on the number of credits you are enrolled in by that date. This ensures your financial aid is disbursed to your student account as quickly as possible.
Your enrollment will be reviewed for the final time each term after the last date to add a class in the second 8 week session. If you have enrolled in any additional credits, you may be eligible for additional aid. If you have dropped any classes, you may lose eligibility for financial aid, and would then be billed for any aid you have already received. Please reach out to the HUB to determine if classes added after Add/Drop can be included when determining your eligibility for aid.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is used to define successful completion of coursework and timely progress towards completing your degree in order to maintain eligibility your financial aid.
Apply For Financial Aid
Kind of seems like a no brainer but we know this process can be complicated for some students so we just wanted to offer a friendly reminder. Visit our Applying for Financial Aid page to learn more!