General Eligibility Requirements:
*Enrolled as a regular student (enrolled to obtain a degree or certificate at CASC as declared by the Registrar’s Office).
*U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
*Registered with Selective Service, if required.
*Making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
*Have a High School diploma, GED, or equivalent.
*Have financial need according to the Department of Education (FAFSA).
*Not in default on a student loan.
*Have all official academic transcripts from previously attended colleges submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
Step 1: Free Application For Federal Student Aid
The first step in determining eligibility is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). While the most popular method of filing the FAFSA is by FAFSA on the Web, the application is also available as a Paper Application or PDF. You can find more information on these formats here. To start or renew your FAFSA online, visit the FAFSA Homepage.
*NEW* The FAFSA app (myStudentAid) is now available in the Android and Apple app stores! While this is a great new way to file the FAFSA, it does not yet have all of the same features as FAFSA on the Web. So if you are stuck on section, reach out to our Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) for help (information below)!
*Please be aware that students required to submit parent information must have at least one parent sign their FAFSA. If applying online, your parent must have an FSA ID in order to sign your online application. If you or your parent do not currently have an FSA ID, you may get on here.*
*Be sure to list our federal school code (003176) on your FAFSA to ensure that we will receive your information for award processing. *
Step 2: Your Student Aid Report
The results of your FAFSA are reported to you in the form of a Student Aid Report (SAR). Review your SAR carefully. Make corrections to any information that is incorrect.
Our office will review an electronic version of your SAR to see if additional or supplementary information is needed. If additional information is needed, a letter will be emailed to your CASC email requesting the necessary forms.
Step 3: Financial Aid Office
Once all required forms are submitted and verified our office will determine your award eligibility. Awards are based on an established cost of attendance (COA) and your expected family contribution (EFC). Award letters will be emailed to your CASC email account.
CASC does not automatically award students loans. If you are enrolled at least half-time and wish to receive a student loan, complete the Student Loan Request form and return it to our office. If our office determines that you are eligible for a student loan, you will receive an award letter with the amount you can borrow. If your loan need is zero and your EFC is greater than zero, you may still qualify for an Unsubsidized Direct Loan.
Before a loan can be disbursed, the awarded loan must be accepted or declined via VikeConnect or printed award letter. Enclosed with the award letter you will find instructions and any other documents needed for specific funds. In general, students receiving and Federal funds cannot receive aid greater than the Cost of Attendance.
Educational Opportunity Center FAFSA
The CASC Educational Opportunity Center program serves adults in a seven county area of Eastern Oklahoma and Western Arkansas. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide assistance to qualified adults who want to enter or continue in a program of post-secondary education. An important objective of the program is to assist participants in applying for financial aid. CASC Poteau Campus hosts the main office with three satellites offices at Sallisaw, OK, Fort Smith, AR, and Van Buren, AR. Please call (918) 647-1396 for assistance.
Don’t Forget To:
*Apply as soon as possible after October 1
*Use completed tax return information
*Sign your application
*Include yourself (the student) as part of the household or in college
*Report correct marital status for students and/or parents.