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.

 

Important Announcements

 

FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool Unavailable

To protect sensitive taxpayer data, the IRS and Federal Student Aid (FSA) announced the Data Retrieval Tool on fafsa.gov will be unavailable until extra security protections can be added (https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/announcements/irs-drt-unavailable).  You can still file/update the FAFSA with your 2015 tax information, but you will have to enter those items using your 2015 tax return(s). If you were selected for the FAFSA Verification process you may have been told to utilize the Data Retrieval tool; however, due to this announcement, you may be required to submit a Tax Return Transcript instead.  Please follow the instructions on your verification form and our website (IRS Tax Return Transcript) if you need to request a tax return transcript. Please contact our office if you have any questions or need assistance completing your FAFSA. 


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.

 

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 at www.studentloans.gov.

 

FAFSA Completion Reminder

You were able to file your 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning on October 1, 2016, using 2015 income and tax data.  You will be able to file your 2018-2019 FAFSA on October 1, 2017, using 2016 income and tax data.

The following table summarizes the changes.

 

School year

  FAFSA submission window

   Required Tax and Income information

Fall 2016, Spring 2017 and Summer 2017   

 

2015

Fall 2018, Spring 2019 and Summer 2019

October 1, 2017–
June 30, 2019

2016

 

Look for future FAFSA completion reminders from the Student Financial Aid Office, but most importantly, do not forget to file your FAFSA in October for the upcoming award year on or as close to October 1st as possible to maximize your potential award eligibility for the upcoming award year.

Upcoming Important Dates

August 16, 2017
Begin evaluation of undergraduate and graduate financial aid for disbursement

August 18, 2017
University Funds Advances made available after 1pm.

September 4, 2017
Labor Day Holiday – Office Closed

Late September 2017
Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) disbursement

November 1, 2017
Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Deadline