Student Financial Aid Office

 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

August 12th-30th tends to be the busiest time of year for the financial aid office.  Please be patient with our office as wait times for the call center, email responses and the lobby may be longer than normal.  Make sure you are completing all steps outlined on your ULink To Do List, as well as reviewing recent emails that have been sent to your UofL email address. 

Fall 2019 Aid Disbursement and Residual Funds

Aid Disbursement

Once the Student Financial Aid Office completes a review of your accepted and eligible aid, we will electronically disburse the available funds to the Bursar’s Office.

 UofL ended is its contractual agreement with BankMobile on March 1, 2019.  UofL now partners with Nelnet Student Choice Refunds to provide an easy and convenient method for all students to receive any refunds they may be eligible for. If you haven’t done so already, you must choose for which option you wish to receive your funds—either via direct deposit or a reloadable debit card.

 For more information visit the Bursar’s Office Student Choice Refundpage.

 The Bursar’s Office will then post that aid to your account.  The first electronic file of residual funds will be sent to Nelnet Student Choice Refunds by August 15  You can monitor your account on ULink (listed under Tuition, Fees, Payment Options on the Student Services tab) to review disbursed funds. It can take up to 48 hours for a refund to be processed with the Bursar’s Office and transmitted to Nelnet Student Choice Refunds.

Fall 2019 Part-Time Aid Adjustment and Waitlisted Coursework

If you have finalized your fall 2019 enrollment and are attending less than full-time, you may submit a fall 2019 Part-Time Aid Adjustment Form. By submitting this form,you are requesting we proceed with making any necessary adjustments to your financial aid and/or cost of attendance based on your current enrollment. The priority deadline to submit the form is August 9th. This information was sent out through email to awarded students who were enrolled less-than full-time.  Forms submitted after August 9th may take up to 15 business days to process.

If you attend less than full-time and do not submit this form, the adjustment and disbursement of your aid (based on your enrollment) will not be processed until early September. If already awarded, the Federal Pell Grant cannot be adjusted for classes added after August 24th. If your aid has disbursed and you drop classes during the 100% tuition refund period, your aid will be reviewed for necessary adjustments, and you may owe funds back to the university.

Waitlisted classes and classes taken for Audit do not count in your total enrolled hours for financial aid purposes. Please do not complete the Part-Time Aid Adjustment Form if you are waitlisted for a class(es) or plan to make adjustments to your schedule.

If you are accepting a loan offer(s), you must be enrolled at least half-time in an eligible degree program or have approved non-degree status for the funds to disburse to your account. Half-time for undergraduates is 6 hours and half-time for graduate/professional students is 4.5 hours in fall and spring, and 3 hours in summer

If you change your enrollment after you submit the form, a hold will be placed on your account, and your aid will not be reviewed for disbursement until after the published last day to add or drop with 100% tuition credit.

Fall 2019 University Funds Advance

University funds advances are offered via ULink in coordination with the Bursar’s Office. To qualify, you must: 

  • ·         have anticipated aid (aid that has not disbursed) that exceeds your bill
  • ·         have not been processed residual funds of $500 dollars or more
  • ·         not have aid that needs to be reviewed for adjustments due to being enrolled part-time

The maximum university funds advance amount is $450, and there is a $5 processing fee assessed by the Bursar's Office, who has the final approval on each university funds advance. Undergraduates and graduates may begin applying and printing the university funds advance request form via ULink on August 16th after 1:00 p.m.

Students enrolled part-time who didnot complete the Part-Time Aid Adjustment Form by August 9th can come to the Student Financial Aid Office to request a manual review of their university funds advancement eligibility.The maximum university funds advance amount for such students is $250.

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.

Complete the FAFSA

What Year FAFSA and When?

You will be able to file your 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on October 1, 2019, using 2018 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 2019,Spring 2020 and Summer 2020

    October 1,2018–June 30,2020


Fall 2020,Spring 2021 and Summer 2021

    October 1,2019–June 30,2021


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 2020-2021 FAFSA in October 2019, and on or as close to October 1st as possible, to maximize your potential award eligibility for thefor the 2020-2021 year.

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.


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 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

July 22

Priority deadline for fall SAP appeals

August 9

Priority deadline for fall Part Time Adjustment Forms

August 16 after 1:00 pm

University funds advance available

August 19

Fall classes begin

September 2

Labor Day Holiday – Office Closed

Mid September

Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) Disbursement

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