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Adult Financial Aid and Eligibility

Types of Aid & Eligibility

Learn more about the types of financial aid you may be eligible for.

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Adult and Continuing Ed students apply for financial aid

Apply for Financial Aid

We make it as easy as possible for you to apply for financial aid.

How to Apply


  • Once you are enrolled for courses and have a completed FAFSA on file, you will be award financial aid. Your offer letter will be mailed to your home address and can be viewed through ODU Online. Viewing your financial aid award through ODU Online will require your ODU User ID and password.
  • Your offer letter will detail all of your grant and loan eligibility for the academic year.
  • You will be awarded your MAXIMUM loan eligibility. We strongly encourage you to borrow only what you need. If you want an amount less than what you are awarded, please contact our office.
  • Financial aid is awarded based on your enrollment status.

    1 - 5 credit hours: Less than half time
    6 - 8 credit hours: Half time
    9 - 11 credit hours: Three quarters time
    12 + credit hours: Full time
  • You must be enrolled at least half time to qualify for student loans.
  • If you receive your offer letter and your enrollment is not correct for any semester, please contact our office.


ODU Business Office
(614) 251-4550

Erskine Hall, Room 133
Ohio Dominican University
1216 Sunbury Road
Columbus, OH 43219

Contact us with any questions about your financial aid or the application process.

ODU Financial Aid Office
147 Erskine Hall
Phone: 614-251-4778
Fax: 614-253-3499

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When should I apply for financial aid?
You can apply for financial aid anytime. However, we recommend students meet with an admissions counselor, apply to the university and then apply for financial aid.

How long does it take to apply for financial aid?
The process from start to finish can take as few as three to four days.

How do I apply for financial aid?
First, you will create an FSA ID, if you don’t already have one. Once your FSA ID is active, you will complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov.

How is my financial aid eligibility determined?
Eligibility for most types of aid is awarded on the basis of financial need. Financial need is calculated using a cost of attendance, your Student Aid Index (SAI) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and financial resources.

What types of aid are available?
Degree-seeking Adult & Continuing Education students may qualify for the Federal Pell Grant, the Ohio College Opportunity Grant, and Federal Student Loans.

When will I receive my financial aid Offer Letter?
We will mail you an Offer Letter once you are registered and have a completed FAFSA on file. You may also access your financial aid Offer Letter online through ODU Online. You will need your university login and password to access ODU Online.

How much financial aid will I be awarded?
You will be awarded your maximum grant and loan eligibility based on your financial need, class level and enrollment status. If you want an amount less than you have been awarded, contact the Financial Aid Office.

How often do I need to apply for financial aid?
All students must reapply for financial aid every year by completing a FAFSA. The FAFSA is available each year on October 1.