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.
Complete the FAFSA for 2018-2019
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available for the 2018-19 academic year. Students will use tax information from 2016 to submit the 2018-19 FAFSA. Students should file FAFSA as soon as possible to maximize their potential award eligibility for the upcoming award year.
- 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 a helpful checklist of information and forms students and parents will want to have on-hand to help streamline the process of filling out the 2018-19 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.
The NEW 2019-2020 FAFSA
You will be able to file your 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on October 1, 2018, using 2017 income and tax data.
The following table summarizes the application dates
FAFSA submission window
Required Tax and Income information
Fall 2018, Spring 2019 and Summer 2019
October 1, 2017–
Fall 2019, Spring 2020 and Summer 2020
October 1, 2018–
Please set a reminder for yourself! Look for future reminders from the Student Financial Aid Office, but most importantly, do not forget to file your FAFSA in October 2018, and on or as close to October 1st as possible, to maximize your potential award eligibility for the for the 2019-2020 year.
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 additional 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
September 3, 2018
Labor Day Holiday – Office Closed
Late September, 2018
Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) disbursement
October 8-9, 2018
Mid-Term Break (Office Open)
November 1st, 2018
Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Deadline