Financial Aid

FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is for current or future college students.  It determines the eligibility for student financial aid.
  • The FAFSA opens October 1st for the 2019-2020 school year.

How do you apply?

  1. Register for FSA (Federal Student Aid) ID.  You will need this to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  Many grants, loans and scholarships will require you to submit a FAFSA. Register here to create you FSA ID:
  2. Once you have your FSA ID, you may complete your FAFSA.  You are encouraged to attend one of the FAFSA workshops below.
 Helpful Resources:
 FAFSA Completion Night are available to senior parents who would like assistance in filing their online FAFSA application. Any parent of a student attending college the 2019-2020 school year needs to complete the application AFTER October 1st and by February 15th if you are looking for financial assistance.  (Note:  Please contact the financial aid office at the college of your choice to inquire about any deadlines they may enforce.)  Multiple FAFSA Completion Nights will be held starting in the fall of 2018.

Ohio State Marion will be holding FAFSA Completion Nights at the Ohio State Marion campus for your convenience.  A very brief information session on filling out the FAFSA will be given prior to the start of each appointment time.  Click here to create a FSA ID.  This needs done 3 days prior to the FAFSA meeting.



  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018 , 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Room 231, Library/Classroom Building
  • Wednesday, November 7, 2018 , 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Room 231, Library/Classroom Building
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018 , 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Room 231, Library/Classroom Building
  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019 , 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Room 227, Library/Classroom Building
Cardington-Lincoln High School FAFSA Night
November 27, 2018. 6-8pm in the High School computer lab. Room 106.

Bring all of the following documents which pertain to you, your spouse and/or your parents for the FAFSA Completion session:

  • Income amounts: 2017 federal tax returns, W-2 forms and any applicable income tax documents (Please note, 2017 federal tax returns do not need to be completed and filed in order to attend.)
  • A listing of any other types of untaxed income or benefits received in 2017 — may include:
  • Documentation from you and/or your parent’s case worker with the total amount of TANF received for 2016
  • Supplemental Social Security Disability received in 2017
  • The total amount of child support paid and/or received in 2017
  • The total amount of Federal Work Study received in 2017
  • Bank statements
  • Investment records
  • Social Security number
  • FSA ID – replaced PINs in May 2017. FAFSA users will need to create a FSA ID at before completing the FAFSA.