Submitting the Application

Once you have filled out your entire online OTCAS application and selected which programs you would like to apply to, you must “Submit and Pay” to officially turn your application in to OTCAS. Depending on what documents OTCAS has already received, Submitting will move your application from an “In-Progress” status to a “Received > Awaiting Materials” status or a “Materials Received (Complete) > Verifying” status. Submitting and Paying does NOT mean your application is being reviewed by your OT programs.


Please be aware of the following:

No Changes Allowed After You Submit and Pay

Once you Submit and Pay for your programs, parts of your OTCAS application become locked and you may NOT make changes to those sections. The only sections you may change after submitting are: your contact information, your password and security information, references which have a status of “requested” or “in-progress” and you may add additional schools to apply to.

You may also add NEW experiences, achievements, certifications, and test scores, but you can NOT edit those already submitted. Once you are submitted, and you add additional information, those entries will lock upon saving. All other sections will be read-only. Make sure you check over your application information closely before Submitting to avoid any errors, as these cannot be corrected later.

Transcripts and References Not Required to Submit

You may Submit and Pay for your programs at any time once the required information has been filled out on the online application, regardless as to whether or not your transcripts and letters of reference have been received by OTCAS . Please note, however, that OTCAS will NOT begin to review your application until  you have submitted and paid, and all of your transcripts have been processed to your account, which will “complete” your application. Once your application becomes complete, it will be placed in line for verification.

Do NOT Wait Until the Last Minute (Literally)

You are able to submit your application up until 11:59 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME on the deadline date. Please note your submission is NOT recorded when you click the Pay and Submit button. Instead, there are several screens which must be completed including entering payment information, and your submission is only recorded at the end of this process. If you press Pay and Submit at 11:58 and get through the final screen at 12:00, the submission will NOT go through.  In addition, times close to deadlines have a high volume of applicants submitting which can cause delays in loading these pages, and if you encounter an issue, OTCAS customer service is not available to help you during these times, and OTCAS CAN NOT GRANT YOU A DEADLINE EXTENSION OR HELP YOU TO SUBMIT LATER IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG!