The Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program (OTAG) is a need-based grant program for Oklahoma residents who attend ELIGIBLE COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES AND CAREER TECHNOLOGY CENTERS in Oklahoma. Awards are approved for full-time or part-time undergraduate students.
Application is made through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available through high school counselors, the financial aid office at the college you are planning to attend, or at WWW.FAFSA.GOVnew_window. For best consideration, you should complete and submit the FAFSA to the federal student aid application system as soon as possible after Jan. 1. IT IS IMPORTANT TO APPLY EARLY. Typically, OTAG receives more eligible applications than can be awarded with available funds, and how early a student applies can be the deciding factor in whether that student is offered an OTAG award. For undocumented immigrant students, a special application is available. See “Undocumented Immigrant Eligibility” below.
Financial need is measured by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is determined based on the information the student provides on their FAFSA. The maximum EFC eligible to receive OTAG may vary from year to year based on volume of eligible applications received and available state funding. State funding is usually finalized around the end of May each year. The EFC appears on the Student Aid Report sent to students by the U.S. Department of Education once the FAFSA has been processed. An award will not be denied for academic reasons as long as the school’s minimum requirements for admission are fulfilled and satisfactory academic progress is made according to the school’s policy for student financial aid recipients.
UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT ELIGIBILITY
Undocumented immigrants meeting certain requirements may be considered for OTAG awards. In general, qualified applicants enrolling in postsecondary education for the first time must:
Have graduated from a public or private high school in Oklahoma.
Have resided in Oklahoma with a parent or guardian while attending a public or private high school in Oklahoma for at least two years prior to graduation.
Satisfy admission standards for the institution.
Have provided to the institution a copy of a true and correct application or petition filed with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to legalize the student’s immigration status.
Undocumented immigrants who have previously received OTAG awards and/or who were enrolled in postsecondary education in 2006-07 or earlier are eligible under the criteria that was in effect in 2006-07. These students should call 405.225.9456 or toll free 800.858.1840 for more information regarding their qualifications. Qualified undocumented immigrant students should complete the APPLICATION FOR UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTSpdf, following the directions included on the form regarding completion, and mail directly to the Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program.
Currently, the maximum annual award is the lesser of 75 percent of enrollment costs or $1,000 for students attending public colleges, universities or career technology centers, and $1,300 for students attending eligible private colleges or universities. One-half of the award is disbursed in the fall semester, and one-half is disbursed in the spring semester. Funds are released to eligible students by campus officials after eligibility has been confirmed.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
See FAQS ABOUT OKLAHOMA TUITION AID GRANT (OTAG) or contact:
Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program
P.O. Box 108850
Oklahoma City, OK 73101-8850
In Oklahoma City: 405.225.9456
Year of Need: College Freshman, College Sophomore, College Junior, College Senior, College 5th Year,
Type: Needs Based
Num Awards: Varies
Min Award: 1,000
Max Award: 1,300
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program P.O. Box 108850
Oklahoma City, OK 73101-8850