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Oklahoma Scholarships and Financial Aid

Grants, Student Loans, & Fellowships

Oklahoma is one of the youngest states in the Union. It became the 46th state in 1907. The state has a rich history with cattle-ranching, land runs, and Native American events. One of the most infamous forced relocations, The Trail of Tears, began here in the 1830s. Today, there are members of 39 American Indian tribes in the state, as well as many descendants of original tribes that are no longer in existence. All of this makes Oklahoma an ideal location to study U.S. history and a number of other programs. If you are planning to attend a post-secondary institution in Oklahoma, you will have a choice of a large number of public, private, and for-profit universities and colleges. Many Oklahoma students are eligible to receive financial assistance with their post-secondary education goals.

What Kinds of Oklahoma Scholarships and Financial Aid Programs Are There?

There are four main kinds of Oklahoma scholarships and financial aid programs:

  • Federal financial aid—grants and low-interest loans
  • Oklahoma state financial aid—grants, scholarships, and tuition waivers
  • Oklahoma university and college scholarships
  • Other Oklahoma scholarships from professional organizations, foundations, and businesses

Federal Financial Aid for Oklahoma Students

Oklahoma students are eligible to receive federal financial aid. File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid to see if you qualify. FAFSA applications are usually due June 30 the year you need the aid, but they are available January 1, the year before. States have their own FAFSA deadlines. Students in Oklahoma need to submit their FAFSA applications by April 15 for priority consideration. Your university or college may also have its own FAFSA deadline, so check with your financial aid office.

Once you have submitted your FAFSA, your financial aid office will determine how much assistance you need. You may receive a financial aid package with grants and/or loans. For more information on federal grants, please see the Guide to Federal Grants.

Oklahoma State Financial Aid

Oklahoma offers several programs to support students who are attending Oklahoma universities and colleges. Here is a list of Oklahoma financial aid programs:

Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program
This program offers assistance to students with financial need. The program was designed to help finance unmet needs. File a FAFSA to qualify.

Oklahoma Tuition Equalization Grant Program
This Oklahoma financial aid program supports students who are attending independent, private, or non-profit universities or colleges full-time. File a FAFSA to qualify.

Academic Scholars Program
This is a merit-based program that supports high-achieving students as they attend public or private post-secondary institutions. If you score in the top 1.5% of the ACT, see your counselor for an application, or you can download one here.

Regional University Baccalaureate Scholarship
This merit-based Oklahoma financial aid program offers assistance to Oklahoma residents at regional universities in Oklahoma. Students must have a minimum score of 30 on their ACT or be a National Merit Semifinalist.

Chiropractic Education Assistance Scholarship
This Oklahoma financial aid program provides assistance to Oklahoma residents who are studying chiropractic medicine at an out-of-state institution. Applications are usually due in May. For more information, contact the Oklahoma State Regents office at 800-858-1840 (225-9239 if you’re calling from Oklahoma City) or studentinfo@osrhe.edu.

Future Teachers Scholarship Program
This Oklahoma program supports Oklahoma resident students who are pursuing careers as teachers of science, early childhood education, or foreign language or are studying to be speech pathologists, counselors, or library media specialists. Individual institutions usually nominate qualified students. For more information, contact the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education office at 800-858-1840 (225-9239 if you’re calling from Oklahoma City) or studentinfo@osrhe.edu.

George and Donna Nigh Public Service Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship is available to students who demonstrate high academic achievement and are planning a career in public service. Individuals will be nominated by the president of their schools.

Heartland Scholarship Fund
This program offers financial support to children of individuals who died in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. The scholarship covers tuition, fees, and books. For an application, contact the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education at 800-858-1840 (225-9239 if you’re calling from Oklahoma City) or at studentinfo@osrhe.edu.

Independent Living Act (Foster Care Tuition Waiver)
This waiver is available to Oklahoma resident students who were in the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services for a minimum of 9 months while they were 16 to 18 years old. Students can acquire assistance up to the age of 21. For an application, contact the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education at 800-858-1840 (225-9239 if you’re calling from Oklahoma City) or at studentinfo@osrhe.edu.

National Guard Tuition Waiver
Oklahoma resident students who are in the Oklahoma National Guard are eligible to receive a tuition waiver to help them with their associate or baccalaureate degree. For more information, contact the Oklahoma National Guard at 800-GO-GUARD or go to www.ok.ngb.army.mil.

Scholars for Excellence in Child Care
This Oklahoma financial aid program offers assistance to child care professionals who wish to continue their education in early childhood education. Click here for more information.

SREB Academic Common Market
This program is an agreement between the southern states, which allows Oklahoma students to study in any out-of-state program not offered at an Oklahoma public institution while paying Oklahoma in-state fees. For more information on southern states and application procedures click here.

Teacher Shortage Employment Incentive Program (TSEIP)
This Oklahoma financial aid program helps pay the tuition of math and science teachers who agree to teach in Oklahoma public schools for five years. Click here for more information.

Oklahoma University and College Scholarships

Oklahoma students may also be eligible to receive scholarships from individual Oklahoma universities and colleges. These scholarships are usually awarded based on academic achievement, need, major, special ability, leadership/community service, and a number of these things. Some scholarships based on academic achievement are awarded upon admission into the university or college. All you need to do is apply for admission. Other scholarships, such as those awarded based on major, may require you to submit extra applications. Check with your school’s financial aid or scholarship office for specific application procedures. They differ from school to school.

Other Oklahoma Scholarships

Another form of scholarships come from outside sources, such as businesses, professional organizations, and foundations. Here’s a list of some of them:

Oklahoma Career Tech Foundation
Award: Several scholarships
Requirements: Vary depending on scholarships
Application: Download applications here.
Deadline: Varies

Communities Foundation of Oklahoma
Award: A large number of scholarships
Requirements: Vary depending on scholarships
Application: Contact the foundation at (877) 689-7726.
Deadline: Varies

Oklahoma Engineering Foundation Engineering Scholarships
Award: $1,000 one-time scholarships for high school seniors
Requirements: Applicants must be studying engineering at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Christian University, Oral Roberts University, or the University of Tulsa. Students must be Oklahoma residents.
Application: Click here for application procedures.
Deadline: Usually in January.

The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools
Award: A large number of scholarships for high school students
Requirements: Vary depending on scholarships
Application: Click here to download applications.
Deadline: Varies

Oklahoma Association of Gifted, Creative & Talented
Award: Several scholarships ($500 minimum)
Requirements: Vary depending on scholarships
Application: Click here to download applications.
Deadline: Varies

Three Things to Keep In Mind About Oklahoma Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • Because federal programs are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, Oklahoma students need to apply by April 15 the year prior. If you don’t, you might not receive all possible aid.
  • Oklahoma offers many financial aid programs. Make sure you know which ones you qualify for. Discuss state financial aid with a representative from your financial aid office.
  • There are many community-based scholarships available in Oklahoma. Check in your local area first before pursuing national scholarships.

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