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.
January 1 is just around the corner, which means it is almost time to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2016-2017 school year! Students should prepare to file their FAFSA AS SOON AS POSSIBLE after the form becomes available on January 1 to be considered for limited state funding.
The Financial Aid Office will host a FAFSA filing night on January 19, 2016 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at 2301 S. Third St. Louisville, Kentucky 40292 (Ekstrom Library Room W104). Financial Aid professionals will be on hand to help you complete the FAFSA and answer your questions.
Spring 2016 Aid Processing
Once our office completes a review of your eligibility, we will disburse all available financial aid funds to the Bursar's Office to post to your account. Some financial aid programs (such as the Kentucky KEES and TEACH Grant) have later disbursement dates than other programs. Our first spring 2016 disbursement of available undergraduate and graduate financial aid funds is scheduled for January 4. Students who are enrolled in special or second-half courses that have later start dates than regular courses may have later disbursement dates. Students can view disbursement activity on ULink.
The first electronic file of residual funds from the January 4 disbursement is scheduled to be sent to HigherOne by January 6. Not all financial aid may be disbursed. In some cases, funds may be disbursed at different times during the semester.
First-Time Direct Loan Borrower at UofL
For student loans to disburse in a timely manner, it is critical students complete all required steps. 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 at https://studentloans.gov.
The IRS Data Retrieval and other steps to be sure you have a completed FAFSA application
While completing the online FAFSA (www.fafsa.gov) many individuals may have used estimated information. If you have now completed a Federal income tax return you are asked to log back into your FAFSA application and update your information using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool automatically imports official IRS tax information on your 2015-2016 FAFSA and should be available within 1-2 weeks of filing your taxes electronically or within 6-8 weeks if you filed a paper return.
Consider reviewing the following website http://louisville.edu/financialaid/verification/irs-data-retrieval for step by step instructions of how complete the IRS Data Retrieval.
In some cases the U.S. Department of Education requires the university to collect additional information from a student. Students may be selected for a process called “verification” or the university may need to resolve conflicting information reported on the FAFSA. In most cases, the requested documents will be available on your ULink To Do List. Complete and submit these requested forms as soon as possible so that the university can review your eligibility for financial aid.
Upcoming Important Dates
st - Deadline to file a SAP appeal for the fall 2015 semester
November 25-29th - Thanksgiving Break
December 7th - Last day of classes