These pages provide instructions on how to apply to SOU and obtain financial aid. If you do not intend to formally apply for admission, see instructions for Non-Admit Status to find out how to register for an online course. This Online Student Checklist will guide you from the application process through your first day of classes.
Students interested in a degree completion program or a graduate or post-baccalaureate program must complete one or more applications for admission. Detailed instructions for completing an online application are available in PDF format and video format. (Formerly admitted students who are returning to SOU do not need to complete the application again. See related tab for more information.)
Once you have been formally admitted to SOU, you may apply for financial aid. Your eligibility amount depends on the number of credit hours for which you enroll. Undergraduates must be enrolled in at least 6 credits to receive partial aid consideration and 12 credits for full aid consideration. Graduate students must enroll in at least 5 credits to receive financial aid as part-time students, or 9 credits to be considered full-time students. Non-admitted students are not eligible for financial aid.
Detailed instructions and a checklist are available on the Financial Aid Office website. (The financial aid checklist mentions attending a Raider Registration event. Online students are not required to do so.) Also, you can see and hear this Overview of the Financial Aid Process.
Co-Enrollment Aid — Students who are co-enrolled at SOU and an eligible community college may receive aid for their combined credits. To be eligible, you must be formally admitted to SOU and enroll in at least half of your total credits during the term at SOU. Participating community colleges include:
To apply for this program, you must complete the Concurrent Enrollment Form for your community college. To download the form:
- Go to the Financial Aid Worksheets and Forms page.
- Click on the Worksheets and Forms link for the applicable school year.
- Under the heading Consortium Agreement, click on the Concurrent Enrollment Form for your community college.
Note: Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholarships and the California Exchange Program rates do not apply to online courses.
If you have attended SOU previously and have been away for more than three terms, complete this form to enable us to reactivate your account. Please note, if you have received a bachelor's or master's degree elsewhere since attending SOU, you will need to complete a Graduate/Postbaccalaureate application.
If you are not interested in pursuing a degree from SOU, but would like to enroll in one or two classes, you can apply to be a non-admitted student. This quick-admit process allows you to register for up to 8 credit hours without being formally admitted to SOU. To apply, complete this application form. Unlike the application for regular admission, no transcripts are required and no application fee is charged. Note that non-admitted students are not eligible for financial aid. For instructions on completing the application, see: