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Start to Finish: A Step by Step Guide to Financial Aid

Start to Finish is your road map to navigate through the financial aid process. This guide was created to help students and families apply for and receive financial aid and scholarships at Northern Oklahoma College.

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Applications for financial aid can be secured through the Financial Aid Office. Northern requires financial aid applicants to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Northern's Title IV Institutional Code is 003162.

Students may be requested to submit a copy of the most recent federal income tax transcripts. A package or combination of various financial aid programs can often be secured to meet the needs of the individual student in order that he or she may go to college.

Beginning July 1, 2010, the Federal Family Education Loan Program will no longer be available. Students will be eligible to borrow under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program.  See below for more information.

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Short Term Loans

Short-term loans are available to students through the Northern Oklahoma College Foundation to students on the Tonkawa campus. These loans can be made to students who are enrolled at least half time (six or more credit hours) and who need short-term assistance with tuition, books, fees, or room and board. A student may borrow as much as $200 for 30 days. Application may be made at the Scholarship  Office in the Vineyard Library Administration Building.

The money for these loans has been donated by supporters and former students of Northern Oklahoma College and through memorials to individuals who cared about young people and who knew the importance of education.

Scholarships

Click here to fill out a Northern Oklahoma College scholarship form, or call NOC's Scholarship office at 580.628.6760 for more information.

Federal Programs

Note, the following federal and state programs are subject to continuous change.

Pell Grants

The Pell Grant Award is a grant and, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Pell Grant awards for 2013-14 may range from $5645 to $605 per year.  Students may receive Pell grants for 12 full time semesters (or the equivalent if attending part time).  For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office on your campus.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

A limited number of Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants have been made available by the Higher Education Act of 1965. These grants are awarded through institutions of higher education to qualified students of exceptional financial need who would not be able to attend college without such aid due to lack of financial means of their own or their families. Grants are combined with other types of financial aid to the extent necessary to enable the student to meet his or her educational expenses.

Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program

The OTAG Program is operated by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. OTAG is a part of Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) and may be funded in part by the federal government.  Grant awards for up to $1,000 a year are available to eligible Oklahoma students. All applicants are required to submit the FAFSA by March 1 for the following fall semester.

Federal Loans

Federal Stafford Loans will no longer be available after July 1, 2010.  Students will be offered Federal Direct Loans after that date.

Federal Direct Subsidized Loan

Under this program a student will borrow directly from the federal government.  These loans are either Subsidized (interest paid by federal government while student is enrolled) or Unsubsidized.  Repayment will begin 6 months after the student leaves school or drops below 1/2 time enrollment.  The subsidized loan amount is always based on demonstrated financial need and interest is paid by the federal government until you cease to be enrolled at least 1/2 time.

A dependent freshman student may borrow as much as $3500 per year. Sophomores may borrow $4500.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

In addition to subsidized loans, dependent students may borrow up to $2000 more and independent students may borrow up to $6,000 more under the Unsubsidized Stafford Loan program. Students who do not have demonstrated financial need may also borrow the base amounts of $3500 for freshman students and $4500 for sophomore students. Interest rates are currently fixed at 6.8% for unsubsidized loans.  Repayment begins six months after the student has terminated his or her course of study. Unlike the subsidized loans, the interest is charged while the student is enrolled and may be paid while the student is enrolled or accrued to the principal.

Federal Direct PLUS Loans

Parents with good credit may borrow for each child who is enrolled at least halftime and is a dependent undergraduate student. The borrower must begin repaying a PLUS loan immediately.  Interest rates are fixed at 7.9%.

Vocational Rehabilitation Scholarship

The State Board of Education through the Vocational Rehabilitation Division offers payment of tuition and other services to students who have substantial employment handicaps, provided the vocational objective selected by the student has been approved by a representative of the division. Applications for Vocational Rehabilitation from this area should be made to the Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Newkirk, Oklahoma.

Bureau of Indian Affairs Scholarship

The Bureau of Indian Affairs administers a scholarship grant program to those Native American students whose tribal membership records are maintained. Tribal Higher Education Offices administer  scholarship and grant programs to  students whose tribal membership is on record within those offices. Recipients must have a certificate of degree of Native American blood and have membership in a tribal group served by the BIA.

Federal Work-Study Program

Northern Oklahoma College participates in the federal  work-study program. Student can be employed in a variety of positions on campus or in community service positions off campus.  These might include tutoring elementary students in math or reading.  Students employed in federal work study must have demonstrated financial need.  Students are paid only for the hours worked.  Apply through the Student Affairs Office.

Institutional Work-Study

Students who do not qualify for Federal Work-Study may be employed on the Institutional payroll.