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Otis College participates in a variety of federal and state aid programs. The Financial Aid Application Guide provides important information regarding available funding options and the application process. The Student Financial Services staff is accessible to assist Otis College students and families with choosing the most beneficial funding options. Based on the most recent data, 84% of Otis College students receive institutional financial aid.
DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, THE COLLEGE UNDERSTANDS THAT FAMILIES MAY BE EXPERIENCING ADDITIONAL HARDSHIP. PLEASE FILL OUT THE 20-21 HARDSHIP APPEAL FOR CONSIDERATION FOR ADDITIONAL AID.
- WHEN TO APPLY
New students: We recommend you apply for financial aid as early as possible even though financial aid packages will not be offered until you are officially admitted to Otis College of Art and Design.
Please note: Students may apply for financial aid for the 2020-2021 award year any time up to June 30, 2021 (if attending Summer 2021). The Financial Aid Office may process aid for a given semester no later than two weeks prior to the end of the semester. Keep in mind that the financial aid application process may take a few weeks.
Continuing students: The Financial Aid Application priority deadline for Fall 2020 is May 1, 2020.
Renewal Process: Financial aid is not automatically renewed. New federal application and required documents must be submitted each year.
- HOW TO APPLY
A Financial Aid Application includes the following:The submitted CSS Profile for new international students. Students need to enter the Otis College code: 001251 in order to receive financial aid from the college. ) for domestic students and the
Once all required documentation is received, the Financial Aid Office will offer you financial aid based on your eligibility. An award letter providing guidance for accepting, reducing, or declining offered awards will be emailed to your Otis email address. If you are a first-time Otis College loan borrower, you will be required to complete a and an at www.studentloans.gov prior to receiving your first federal loan disbursement.
When completing your , you are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
After the FAFSA is submitted, Otis College will electronically receive your FAFSA record. Students and applicants will be notified regarding any additional paperwork if required. All missing documents will be listed on the student’s Dashboard under “Financial Aid Requirements” at my.otis.edu.
If your file is selected for verification, you may be required to submit:IRS Tax Return Transcript (and your spouse's, if married). To request an IRS Transcript, , call 1-800-829-1040, or in person. 2019-2020 Verification Form
There are eligibility requirements that apply to federal and state financial aid programs offered at Otis College .
Citizenship: Students must be one of the following:
- U.S. citizen or national
- U.S. permanent resident
- Citizen of certain Pacific Islands (the Freely Associated States)
- Other eligible non-citizen
Enrollment: Students must be enrolled full time (BFA ≥ 12 units, MFA ≥ 9 units) for maximum awards: Students must be enrolled at least half time to be eligible for federal student loans ((BFA ≥ 6 units, MFA ≥ 4 units). Otis scholarships require full time enrollment (12 units).
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP): Students are required to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as outlined in the Otis College Catalog - The Hoot. The SAP is evaluated at the end of each academic year. If one or all SAP standards are not met, the student is disqualified from receiving federal financial aid. To regain eligibility to receive financial aid, the student has to appeal in writing by submitting the Appeal Form listed on the Dashboard. The Otis College SAP standards, measurements, warning, suspension and appeal information are .
- FEDERAL STUDENT AID ID (FSA ID)
Your FSA ID is your username and password that is used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites including the FAFSA. Your FSA ID is used to sign legally binding documents electronically. Go to
To follow up on the status of your submitted FAFSA, access and click on "check my submitted FAFSA." You can view your processed data, make corrections, and request a duplicate Student Aid Report. Contact the Otis College Financial Aid Office prior to making any corrections.