The University of Louisville's Office of Financial Aid staff is dedicated to providing students and their families with courteous and efficient financial services while complying with all federal, state and university policies. Our goal is to help you explore your options and make your academic goals more affordable.

We provide both walk-in and by appointment counseling to current and prospective students Monday through Friday. On Thursdays the office is closed until 12:30 p.m. except during peak processing time and orientations. We also provide assistance to both current and prospective students through our Call Center. Representatives are available from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Representatives will answer general financial aid questions as well as some specific account inquiries. FERPA privacy restrictions may restrict us from answering some questions over the phone.

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Important Announcements

Summer Financial Aid

Are you planning on attending courses during the summer term?  If so and would like to have your federal financial aid eligibility evaluated early, please ensure you complete the Early Request for Summer Federal Aid once you have finalized your summer enrollment.  This form is available on your ULink account under the ‘Financial Aid’ section in the ‘Student Services’ tab.  In order to request an early review of your summer federal aid eligibility, you must have an official 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with our office. If required, all verification forms and requested documents must also be completed. In addition, you cannot be wait-listed in any summer course, and you must currently be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

 During summer, federal financial assistance is available to eligible applicants who have Federal Pell Grant, Federal TEACH Grant, and/or Federal Direct Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Loan eligibility remaining for the award year. Graduate and law students will also be considered for Federal Direct Graduate/Professional PLUS Loans. Parents of dependent, undergraduate students may also apply for Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans. For undergraduate students with financial need who meet specific award criteria, a limited amount of Federal Work-Study funds will be made available.  In certain situations, an eligible undergraduate student can receive additional Federal Pell Grant funds (up to 150% percent of his/her scheduled Federal Pell Grant award during an award year; year-round Pell).  To be eligible for these additional funds, students must be enrolled at least half-time (six hours).

Year Round Pell Grant

Students that are eligible for the Pell Grant may be able to receive a third disbursement of Pell Grant during a summer period of enrollment.

To be eligible for the additional Pell Grant funds, the student must meet all general eligibility requirements and must be enrolled at least half time during the summer term.  Half‐time enrollment is six credit hours for undergraduate students at UofL.  Students enrolled in less than six credit hours will only be eligible for a summer Pell grant if they did not use 100% of their eligibility during the fall and spring term.

It is important to note that this change will not result in extra Pell Grant being awarded to a student over the course of their undergraduate enrollment. The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds a student may receive over his or her lifetime is still limited by a federal law to be 600 percent or the equivalent of twelve full‐time semesters.

It is also important to note that the Pell Grant alone is not enough to cover the full cost of attending classes in the summer.  A student may need to consider federal loans, alternative loans or payment plans in order to settle their balance. 

Below are some examples of how the new Year Round Pell Grant will work for the 2018‐2019 academic year. The examples assume that the student has a zero Expected Family Contribution.  Please note that each student’s award will be individually reviewed.

 

Fall 2018

Spring 2019

Summer 2019

Enrollment

12 hours

12 hours

6 hours

Pell award

$3,048 (50%)

$3,047 (50%)

$1,524 (25%)

 

 

Fall 2018

Spring 2019

Summer 2019

Enrollment

12 hours

12 hours

3 hours

Pell award

$3,048 (50%)

$3,047 (50%)

$0 (0%)

 

 

Fall 2018

Spring 2019

Summer 2019

Enrollment

9 hours

9 hours

6 hours

Pell award

$2,286(37.5%)

$2,285(37.5%)

$1,524 (25%)

 

Fall 2018

Spring 2019

Summer 2019

Enrollment

12 hours

12 hours

9 hours

Pell award

$3,048 (50%)

$3,047 (50%)

$2,286 (37.5%)

 

The Early Request for Summer Federal Aid will be made available on your ULINK account soon after summer registration begins. Do not complete the request until you have finalized your summer enrollment. If you submit the form before you finalize your summer enrollment for all summer terms, the evaluation of your summer aid may be delayed.

 

Complete the FAFSA


2018-2019 FAFSA

Complete the for the 2018-19 academic year using 2016 income and tax data.

2019-2020 FAFSA

Complete the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using 2017 income and tax data. FILE NOW to maximize your potential award eligibility for the for next year.

What Year FAFSA and When?

Application Dates

School Year/Semesters of Attendance

    FAFSA Submission Window

    Required Tax and Income information

Fall 2018,Spring 2019 and Summer 2019

    October 1,2017–June 30,2019

    2016

Fall 2019,Spring 2020 and Summer 2020

    October 1,2018–June 30,2020

    2017

Online Resources

Federal Student Aid and the U.S. Department of Education offers a checklist as you prepare to complete the FAFSA. Step-by-step guidance can be found here.

The National Association for Student Financial Aid Administrators has created helpful checklists with information and forms students and parents will want to have on-hand to help streamline the process of filling out the FAFSA.

Students will also need the Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) to sign the FAFSA. If you have forgotten or misplaced your FSA ID, please visit the Manage My FSA ID website and follow the instructions for retrieving your FSA ID.

First-Time Direct Loan Borrower at UofL

For student Direct Loans to disburse in a timely manner, it is critical students complete all required steps if interested in borrowing the loan funds. For loans, this includes loan acceptance in ULink and completing the Master Promissory Note(s) and Entrance Counseling with the Department of Education.

Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note for Direct Loans can be completed online.

myStudentAid App

The Department of Education has launched a new mobile app called myStudentAid.

The app allows students or parents to securely fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) entirely from their mobile device. Previously, the FAFSA.gov website had limitation when being accessed from a mobile device and the full function of the site could only be utilized from a desktop computer. So the Department of Education Federal Student Aid office developed the app to provide mobile options to access financial aid.

Image - myStudentAid App

In addition to submitting a new FAFSA, students can also:

  • Correct a previously filed FAFSA
  • Renew an old FAFSA application
  • Edit or manage an FSA ID
  • Check federal loan and financial aid history

The app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play for Android.

Financial Aid and Degree Requirements

If you are enrolled in a course(s) that does not count toward your degree requirements, the course(s) cannot be used to determine your enrollment status for federal financial aid and state need-based aid purposes. This means you cannot receive federal financial aid and state need-based aid for any course that does not count toward your degree requirements.

If it is determined you are enrolled in a course(s) that does not meet your degree requirements, your aid will be reviewed and any necessary adjustments will be made. You will be responsible for settling any potential outstanding balance created.

If you are aware you are enrolled in a course(s) that does not meet your degree requirements, please notify our office as soon as possible.

Upcoming Important Dates

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Previous Important Dates for Reference

June 1

Scholarship appeal and reinstatement request deadline

March 29, 2019

Last day to apply for the Continuing Student Scholarship 

February 15, 2019

19-20 application closed for scholarships managed by the Student Financial Aid Office

January 1, 2019

Continuing Student Scholarship application available through ULink

November 1, 2018

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal Deadline