Free Application for Federal Student Aid - FAFSA

Guest Students & Financial Aid - What you need to know

Guest students from other colleges or universities who register for OCC online courses and wish to use their financial aid have to be admitted as a regular student seeking a degree at OCC. Because financial aid does not transfer between schools, we suggest guest students pay for their courses and request reimbursement after they designate OCC in their current FAFSA account. Guest students can add one of the OCC codes below by logging into their FAFSA account. For more information visit OCC Financial Aid.

OCC has one Title IV school code for all campuses.

OCC Title IV school code is 002303


For information call 800.433.3243.

OCC FAFSA File Completion Priority Dates:

FILE MUST BE COMPLETE AND ACCURATE.  If file is NOT complete and accurate, student must pay and receive reimbursement at a later date, if eligible.

  • Fall - May 1
  • Winter - October 1

What's changed?

Free Application for Federal for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), these changes will be in effect:

  • You'll be able to submit your FAFSA earlier. You can file your FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, rather than beginning on Jan. 1. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling you to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year.
  • You'll use earlier income and tax information from an earlier tax year. The following table provides a summary of key dates as we transition to using the early FAFSA submission timeframe and earlier tax information.

What is it?

The FAFSA form is the form that the federal government uses to determine your eligibility for federal aid including:

FAFSA Submission Timeframe

When a Student is Attending College (School Year)? When Can a Student Submit a FAFSA? Which Year's Income and Tax Information is Required?
July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023 Oct. 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022 2020
July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024 Oct. 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023 2021

How will the changes benefit me?

We expect that you'll benefit in these ways:

  • Because the FAFSA will ask for older income and tax information, you will already have done your taxes by the time you fill out your FAFSA, and you won’t need to estimate your tax information and then go back into the FAFSA later to update it.
  • Because you’ll already have done your taxes by the time you fill out your FAFSA, you may be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to automatically import your tax information into your FAFSA. (Learn about the IRS DRT at
  • Because the FAFSA is available earlier, you may feel less pressure due to having more time to explore and understand your financial aid options and apply for aid before your state’s and school’s deadlines.

Where can I get more information about - and help with - the FAFSA?

Visit Federal Student Aid; and remember, as you fill out your FAFSA at, you can refer to help text for every question and (during certain times of day) chat online with a customer service representative

How does it work?

Using your FAFSA, the federal processor determines your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). EFC - the amount of money your family can be expected to contribute to your college costs each year. Your school will then try to meet your needs through a financial aid award made up of funds from federal, state, school and private sources as well as loans, grants and student employment.

Completing the FAFSA  is the first step in the financial aid process. This can be done using one of the following methods:

It will take the federal government 1-2 weeks to process your form and send you a Student Aid Report (SAR) by mail. Your SAR will summarize the data you report on your application. Please check this information carefully to make sure it is accurate. Keep a copy of your SAR and note your Data Release Number (DRN) in the upper right corner of the first page; you will need your DRN if you decide to apply to additional schools. If your FAFSA information is complete, an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will be printed next to your DRN. Your EFC will be based on the financial information you provide on the FAFSA, and your school will use it to award your financial aid.


If you have questions about federal student aid, contact your financial aid administrator or call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at (800) 4-FED-AID (800 433-3243). TTY users may call (800) 730-8913.