Community College Partnerships
Oakland University has formed partnership programs with area community colleges. With one application students apply to both institutions and take advantage of the resources offered by both schools. The program is designed to help move students toward completion of their bachelor's degree more quickly and to help ease the burden of college costs. Through the partnership school, students are able to first earn their associate's degree, allowing them to more successfully secure employment in the workplace, if they so choose, while completing their bachelor's degree.
Students in a partnership program can enroll either at Oakland University or the partnership school or both schools concurrently each semester. Transferable credits at both institutions are combined to determine eligibility for federal and state aid. Non-federal and non-state financial aid programs might have restrictions on honoring the combined enrollment at both schools. Students need to check with the awarding agency for more information. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required and can be completed online. Include Oakland University’s Federal School Code (002307) on the FAFSA.
Federal and most state financial aid is processed and awarded by Oakland University only. Financial aid awards are based on the combined enrollment at Oakland University and/or the partnership school. Adjustments to awards are made after each semester’s enrollment is verified between Oakland University and the partnership school. Students can view their financial aid awards by clicking on SAIL on the Oakland University home page. If a student is planning to have a combined enrollment of less than full-time, the student must complete a revision form.
Scholarships and Grants
In addition to the federal and state awards, students in a partnership program are eligible to receive Oakland University general fund scholarship and grant awards based on initial admission to Oakland University as a partnership student in addition to the federal and state awards. The awards are as follows and are based on funding availability:
- Presidential Scholarship
- Distinguished Scholar
- Talented Scholar
- Academic Achievement Award
- University Recognition Award
- Geographic Region
- Distinguished Transfer
- Talented Transfer
- OU Academic Grant
- OU Housing Grant
- 100% Tuition Grant
Oakland University scholarships and grants are applicable to the fall and winter semesters only. In addition, the following conditions of all Oakland University general fund scholarships and grants apply to students in a partnership program:
- Must receive an Oakland University general fund scholarship or grant award
- Enroll in full-time Oakland University credits (12 or more credits) in the fall semester of the admission year (awards are permanently cancelled if enrollment in Oakland University credits is not full-time in the fall semester of the admission year). See examples of enrollment requirements for OU scholarship and grant recipients in a community college partnership program.
- Awards are applicable to semesters of full-time enrollment at Oakland University
- Oakland University private scholarships awards are not available
Oakland University general fund scholarship and grant awards can be renewed if the student meets the following renewal criteria:
- Complete full-time credits during each fall and winter semester at OU and/or partnership school
- Renewable for up to 6 consecutive fall and winter semesters for new first time in college students and 2 consecutive semesters for new transfer students while enrolled full-time at Oakland University and/or partnership school in any fall or winter semester following the fall semester of the admission year
- Consecutive full-time enrollment beyond the first fall semester can be at OU, the partnership school, or both schools
- Meet additional award renewal requirements such as cumulative GPA and financial needs. (GPA requirements applies to the OU and partnership school GPA)
OU scholarships and grants are only applicable during the fall and winter semesters of full-time attendance in OU credits.
If the student is attending a partnership school and is awarded a private scholarship through the partnership school, the student can use the scholarship to help pay the tuition expenses at the partnership school.
Paying your Oakland bill
Oakland will send an email to your OU email account when your bill is ready to be viewed and paid online using eBill. You will need your SAIL ID and PIN to access the eBill system. The eBill home page provides a brief overview of your current account status, recent and past billing statements, recent activity on your student account and available payment plans. Payments can be made online through eBill, in person or by mail.
If you are taking classes at both OU and a partner school, you will be billed separately.
Paying your community college bill
The commonly asked questions below will assist students in a partnership program with the financial aid, scholarship, and billing process. The term “partnership school” applies to Macomb Community College, Mott Community College, St. Clair County Community College or Oakland Community College.
1. How do I get financial aid through a partnership program?
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online and include Oakland University’s Federal school code which is 002307. You must be admitted to Oakland University and the partnership school in a program leading to a bachelor’s degree at Oakland University.
2. When do I apply for financial aid for partnership program?
You are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 if you plan to enroll in the school year which begins with the fall semester.
3. Do I need to complete two FAFSAs?
No, you complete only one FAFSA and release the results to Oakland University, Federal school code 002307.
4. Do I need to put both school codes on my FAFSA?
No, you only need to include Oakland University, Federal school code 002307, on your FAFSA. However, if you are applying for need-based private scholarships at the partnership school, you should include its Federal school code for the community college you attend.
5. Can I receive financial aid at both Oakland University and the partnership school while in a degree partnership program?
No. You can only receive federal financial aid at one school. All federal and most state financial aid will be awarded by OU based on the combined credit hours at both schools. Only credits which are transferable to OU are included in the combined credits and are counted when determining enrollment status. Scholarships and awards through private agencies might not honor enrollment at both schools. You are encouraged to contact private agencies which have provided the awards and verify their policies. See enrollment requirement examples.
6. If I take all my classes at the partnership school while in a partnership program, will I still get my financial aid from Oakland?
Yes. All federal and most state and external agency financial aid are awarded through OU. However, you might receive a state award or a private agency award which can only be processed through the partnership school. OU scholarships and grants are only applicable during fall and winter semesters of full-time attendance in OU credits (see question 11 for additional information).
7. To receive my financial aid, do I need to take a certain amount of credits at both schools?
To maximize your financial aid package, you are encouraged to enroll as a full-time student which is 12 or more credits. You can enroll in any combination of credits between both OU and the partnership school or you can enroll in credits at only one school. You can change the number of credits you take at each school each semester. (If you have been awarded an OU scholarship or grant, please see question 11 for additional information).
8. When I complete the FAFSA, how will I know the amount of financial aid I will receive?
You will receive an award notification from Oakland University which shows the amount of aid you received and the financial aid program(s) from which you have been awarded.
9. If I receive a private scholarship at the partnership school and don’t complete the FAFSA, can I still receive my scholarship?
Yes, a private scholarship from a partnership school can be used to pay tuition charges at that partnership school.
10. If I receive a scholarship or grant from Oakland University and don’t complete the FAFSA, can I still receive my scholarship?
Yes, please see question 11 for additional information on OU scholarships and grants.
11. Are there any conditions attached to Oakland University scholarships and grants?
Yes. If you receive an OU scholarship, you must enroll in full-time study (minimum 12 credit hours) in OU credits for the fall semester of your admission year or the award will be permanently cancelled. In subsequent semesters, you must enroll in full-time study by combining enrolled credits at OU and OCC for your scholarship or grant to remain active; however, the scholarship or grant will only be applied to your OU bill for the semesters in which you are enrolled in at least 12 credits at OU. Additional renewal criteria may apply. If you receive a scholarship from the partnership school, you must enroll at that school for the total credits required for their scholarship.
12. Are Oakland University general fund scholarships and grants renewable?
Yes. Awards are renewable if renewal criteria are met.
13. When I register for classes at the partnership school, how will my tuition be paid?
You will be required to pay the partnership school’s tuition to that school by their established due date. Financial aid will pay to your OU student account. If you do not have any OU charges or your financial aid is in excess of those charges, you will receive a financial aid refund. You can use your refund to pay your bill at the partnership school or to reimburse yourself if you had previously paid the tuition.
14. When I register for classes at Oakland University, how does my financial aid pay for my classes at Oakland?
Financial aid will pay to your Oakland University student account. Charges not covered by financial aid are your responsibility to pay.
15. If I have an unpaid bill at Oakland University or my partnership school, can I register for courses?
Past due bills at OU and/or your partnership school will prevent future semester registration at both schools. For example: If you are pre-registered for courses for the fall semester at Oakland and incur charges for a prior semester, you might be deregistered for an upcoming semester at both schools.
16. How do I get money to buy my books?
Oakland begins to disburse financial aid up to 10 days before the first day of the semester provided all financial aid requirements are met. If your financial aid is more than your OU charges, a refund will be issued. Refunds are sent within 14 days of disbursement to the student’s current address on record at OU or through direct bank deposit. You can use your refund to purchase books. If you wish to purchase books before you receive your refund, you will be responsible for the method of payment.
17. What happens to my aid if I drop a course?
Your aid will be based on your enrolled credits on the last day to drop a course with a 100% refund. If your financial aid had previously disbursed and your enrollment status has changed, your financial aid will be adjusted accordingly. You will be required to return any funds refunded to you. The date is published by the Registrar’s Office for each semester.
18. What happens to my aid if I withdraw from all my courses at Oakland University and the partnership school?
If you withdraw from all your courses at Oakland University and the partnership school within 60% of the semester, your federal aid will be prorated to determine your eligibility. In most cases, students are required to repay all or most of the federal aid they received. If you withdraw from courses within the 100% refund period, all aid will be adjusted or cancelled. These dates are published by the Registrar’s Office for each semester.
19. Can athletes participate in a partnership program?
Athletes participating in NCAA sponsored sports programs are not able to participate in a degree partnership program. Additional restrictions exist for some club sport programs. Be sure to raise the issue of eligibility before participating in any club sport.
20. Can international students (students in the U.S. on an F-1 visa) participate in a partnership program?
International students do not qualify for a degree partnership program.