The Student Financial Aid Office (SFAO) is actively serving the UofL community through a combination of on-site and off-site operations.
Spring Aid Disbursement and Residual Funds
Once the SFAO completes a review of your accepted and eligible aid, we will electronically disburse the available funds to the Bursar's Office. After your aid is disbursed and your UofL account balance is paid in full, the Bursar's Office will transmit any excess funds, if applicable, to Nelnet. You will receive your funds based on the refund method you select. If you have not already selected a refund preference and/or for additional information on student choice refunds, please visit the Bursar's Office website.
Student accounts will be evaluated for excess funds on a Monday through Thursday schedule beginning on January 5, 2020. If you have chosen your refund method through Nelnet, excess funds eligible for refund are typically available within 3-5 business days. Monitor your 'Financial Account' on ULink to review disbursed funds.
Complete the FAFSA
Effective October 1, the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available and may be filed using 2019 income and tax data.
The following table summarizes the application dates
School Year/Semesters of Attendance
FAFSA Submission Window
Required Tax and Income information
Fall 2020,Spring 2021 and Summer 2021
October 1,2019–June 30,2021
Fall 2021,Spring 2022 and Summer 2022
October 1,2020–June 30,2022
Please set a reminder for yourself! Look for future reminders from the Student Financial Aid Office, but most importantly, do not forget to file the FAFSA for the upcoming aid year on or as close to October 1st as possible to maximize your potential award eligibility.
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.
Complete Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note at studentloans.gov
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.
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
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
January 1: 2020-2021 SFAO Scholarship Application Opens
January 5: Financial aid disbursement processing for the spring 2021 semester begins
- Early February: Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) disbursement anticipated for spring 2021 semester
- February 15: 2020-2021 SFAO Scholarship Application Deadline
Previous Important Dates
- November 1: Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeal priority deadline for fall