Basis of Awards

The financial aid program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is administered in accordance with policies and guidelines in compliance with federal, state, and local regulations. 

The University bases its awards on demonstrated financial need, which is the difference between a family's expected contribution (EFC), and the student's yearly educational expenses. Expenses of the family other than the student cannot be included in the student expense budget, except for child daycare/dependent care costs (on a case-by-case basis). Federal financial aid policy precludes federal financial aid dollars being used to otherwise support a student's family. Since the same method for analyzing need (Federal Methodology) is used in determining each family's ability to assist with academic year expenses, the amount of financial support expected from the student's family will be virtually the same at all institutions. The student's family, spouse, and the student are expected to make a maximum effort to assist with educational expenses. The basis upon which need-based programs are built is that the family is primarily responsible, to the extent they are able, for financing the student's education.

The amount of the contribution is determined by a careful analysis of the financial information submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is the only application necessary to obtain consideration for all sources of aid available through the Financial Aid Office at the OU Health Sciences Center.

The National Student Loan Database (NSLDS) website displays information on federal loan amounts, outstanding balances, loan statuses, disbursements, and loan servicer information. To access the database you will need your FSA ID to log in.