Oklahoma Financial Aid
There are over 30 colleges and universities in Oklahoma. Most of the colleges are located in the metropolitan areas in Oklahoma. As there are members from just under 40 Native American tribes living in Oklahoma, it comes to no surprise that Northeastern State University has the largest enrollment of Native Americans in a postsecondary institution in the United States. Regardless of your ethnicity or which college you choose to attend in Oklahoma, there are plenty of scholarship, grant and student loan opportunities available.
Oklahoma Scholarships and Grants
Oklahoma scholarships and grants are an important part of the educational landscape for Oklahoma students. Use the Campus Explorer Scholarship Search to find scholarships in Oklahoma that will help you get the education you need.
The state administered scholarships are offered through the OKCollegeStart organization that is run by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. To find out which scholarships you qualify for, browse the following list of all available state aid in the form of grants and scholarships:
- Academic Scholars Program: Students may automatically qualify by achieving the designation as a National Merit Scholar, National Merit Finalist or United States Presidential Scholar or by scoring at or above the 99.5 percentile on the ACT or SAT. Scholarships help to cover the cost of tuition, fees, room and board.
- Oklahoma’s Promise: Apply to this scholarship if you are a student who demonstrates academic achievements, but have financial strains that would prevent you from attending a postsecondary institution. This grant opportunity provides a funding for the full cost of tuition.
- Regional University Baccalaureate Scholarship: Oklahoma students who have an ACT composite score of at least 30 or are a National Merit Semifinalist or Commended Student may be nominated by their school to receive a $3,000 and resident tuition waiver from the school.
- Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program: A merit based scholarship for the amount of $1,500 is awarded to students who meet specific SAT/ACT and GPA requirements.
- Chiropractic Education Assistance Scholarship: Residents who have lived in Oklahoma for at least five years, maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and are pursuing a chiropractic degree are eligible for this scholarship.
- Future Teachers Scholarship: Students must be nominated by their college they are attending based on a number of criteria.
- George and Donna Nigh Public Service Scholarship: Eligible students will be pursuing a career in public service and enrolled full-time at an undergraduate program in a public or private Oklahoma college or university.
- Independent Living Act (Foster Care Tuition Waiver): Foster children who graduated from an Oklahoma high school are eligible to receive a tuition waiver towards any school in the United States.
- National Guard Tuition Waiver: Members of the Oklahoma National Guard who do not hold a bachelors degree or graduate degree may apply for this scholarship which grants individuals a resident tuition waiver.
- Scholars for Excellence in Child Care: Must be current Oklahoma child care workers who are completing coursework leading to a degree in child development or early childhood education, Child Development Associate (CDA) and Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) Credential Assessment.
- SREB Academic Common Market: Oklahoma students who are pursuing a degree in any southern state because it is not offered in state are eligible to attend the school based on resident tuition rates.
- Teacher Shortage Employment Incentive Program (TSEIP): Reimburses student loan expenses for those who graduate from an Oklahoma teacher education degree program and earn certification in math or science. Students are required to teach at a public secondary school in Oklahoma for at least five year in order for their loans to be forgiven.
Scholarships from Oklahoma Colleges and Universities
Other scholarship opportunities in Oklahoma are administered by colleges and universities to students already accepted into their schools. These scholarships may be based on a variety of criteria including financial need, merit, special talent, department, ethnicity, a combination and more. The following colleges and universities offer unique scholarship opportunities to new and returning students:
Many scholarships from Oklahoma colleges and universities are determined after the student completes a Federal Application for Free Student Aid (FAFSA) and some applications may be obtained at your school’s financial aid department. Other schools, such as the University of Oklahoma have general scholarship applications to determine which opportunities the student is eligible for.
Additionally, colleges located in cities of Oklahoma that have a large number of colleges and universities may have more financial aid available. This is why it is important to include the cities in your scholarship and/or college search. The top five cities in Oklahoma with the most colleges and universities are Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Shawnee, Lawton and Ada.
Other Scholarships in Oklahoma
Additional scholarship opportunities may be found within the Oklahoma community through businesses, associations, organizations and companies who establish scholarship foundations. There are many private scholarships offered through community organizations in Oklahoma, so be sure to use the following list as a jumping off point for your search:
- May T. Henry Scholarship Foundation: Any student who has graduated from an accredited high school and plans to enroll in a trade school, community college or 4-year college or university in the state of Oklahoma are eligible for this scholarship.
- Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation: Offers several scholarships to students pursuing a degree in education.
- Oklahoma Engineering Foundation (OEF) Scholarships: Scholarships are offered to students who are not eligible to receive the National Merit Scholarships or Oklahoma Regents Scholarships in order to award students who might have slightly lower admission factors.
- The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools: A database of scholarships provided to students of Oklahoma City Schools.
- Oklahoma Association of Gifted, Creative and Talented: A total of six scholarships are offered to students who participate in gifted and talented programs.
- Communities Foundation of Oklahoma: A database of scholarships for Oklahoma students.