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Step by Step Guide For Graduate Students

Apply for admission as a degree seeking student

Apply for Admission to the USF Graduate School as a degree seeking student.

Complete the FAFSA

    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows you to be automatically considered for federal, state, and university financial aid programs based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
    Complete the FAFSA each year.

    FAFSA Scams
    Beware of sites advertising services to help you apply for financial aid for a fee.  If you use one of these services, you will be providing personal information to a non-government agency. 

    The FAFSA is free - there is no charge to apply for financial aid.

    USF’s Priority Application Date is March 1 each year for the aid year that starts the following fall.

    Meeting the priority date allows you the best opportunity to be considered for the most aid types possible.

    Be sure to include USF’s school code, 001537, in the section that asks which schools should receive your results.

    Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations
    A student with a drug conviction may be ineligible for federal student aid (grants, loans, work-study). If you are convicted of a state or federal offense of selling or possessing illegal drugs that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid should still complete and submit the FAFSA. Eligibility may be regained after documentation of successful completion of a rehabilitation program.

Apply for Scholarships
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Learn to use OASIS

    Check out our "How-To" page for help with OASIS navigation. Click on your area of interest and watch as the "How-To" shows you "How-To" navigate to the information you need.

    OASIS is your personal USF guide to..

    check..check your financial aid status.

    check..register for classes.

    check..check your disbursements.

    check..check your grades.
    Check OASIS frequently--at least once per month.

Complete your file

    Fulfill any outstanding requirements ASAP.
    Check OASIS regularly to ensure all of your financial aid requirements have been satisfied. Financial aid cannot disburse until your financial aid file is complete.

    Verification is a process whereby the federal regulations require that we verify the information submitted by you and/or your parents on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

    Be prepared to provide the following if you are chosen for verification: 


    An IRS Tax Return Transcript. Dependent students must also submit their parents' tax return transcript (For more information on how to request a tax return transcript, click here) You can also use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer your tax information to your FAFSA. Watch our video on how to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.


    Complete a verification worksheet online via OASIS. Dependent students must also have their parents complete a verification worksheet that can be printed from the financial aid website.


    For more information on the verification process (including how long the verification process takes), click here.

Stay informed

    Reports resources early to avoid late changes to your awards.

    Federal regulations prohibit you from:

    checkReceiving more financial aid than your cost of attendance

    checkReceiving need-based aid that exceeds your calculated financial need

    Cost of Attendance Minus Family Contribution Minus Resources Equals Financial Need

    To avoid late reduction and/or repayment of funds already disbursed;

    checkReport any resources not listed on your award summary in OASIS

    checkNotify us immediately using the Additional Resources tab in OASIS

Stay informed

    Carefully read the terms and conditions.
    Your financial aid award(s) are subject to terms and conditions that impact how much money you may receive. Understanding these is essential in receiving your aid.

    USF Does Most Business Electronically

    checkWe correspond via e-mail.. notify you of missing requirements send your award notification keep you updated with announcements

    checkWe receive application data electronically.

    checkWe disburse aid electronically.

    Your e-mail address is essential for the financial aid process at USF.

    If you do not currently have an e-mail address, once you have applied to USF, you need to go to Academic Computing's website to activate and use your free USF assigned e-mail account. If you need help activating your account, call Help Services at 813-974-1222.

    Make sure that your e-mail address filters allow you to receive e-mail from and anything from

    Once you’ve applied for admission to USF, you will have access to our Online Access Student Information System (OASIS). As soon as possible, check to be sure an accurate e-mail address is entered for you.

    Check OASIS frequently for additional requirements that could delay your aid.
    It's to your benefit to regularly (at least weekly at the beginning of each term) check your status and your awards in OASIS. Your awards may be revised if we receive updated information that requires it.

    checkMonthly - Throughout the year.

    Weekly - The week prior to each term through the second week of classes

Interested in loans? Find out more information on our Graduate Loans Page!

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