FAFSA FAQ

When is the 2018-2019 FAFSA going to be available?

The FAFSA is available now at www.fafsa.gov

Is there a deadline?

There is no "official" deadline, although you should submit yourFAFSA As Soon As Possible to maximize financial aid opportunities and to be prepared for the fall semester. The 2018-2019 FAFSA is available through June 30, 2019; however, if we do not receive your official FAFSA prior to the end of your enrollment period, we will not be able to process your federal aid. Some programs have limited funding, so the earlier you apply the better!

Why should I apply as soon as possible?

Some funding is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  For example, the Kentucky College Access Program (CAP) Grant is awarded to undergraduate students from Kentucky on a first-come, first-served basis by the state until the funds are spent.  It is important students file their FAFSA in October to maximize their eligibility for grants or need based awards that are limited.

What tax year information do I use to complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA?

You will use the 2016 federal tax information to complete the FAFSA for 2018-2019. Since the taxes were filed in April of 2017, you are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in the FAFSA to automatically transfer your (and your parents, if dependent) IRS tax return data to your FAFSA. Certain groups, such as married filing separate tax returns and victims of identity theft, are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to complete the FAFSA and should use their 2015 tax information that was filed with the IRS. 

What if I’m a Graduate or Professional student?

Graduate and professional students do not need to apply in October since they are not eligible for CAP Grants. However, to ensure early processing of your financial aid awards, please complete your FAFSA as soon as possible when you have your income information available.

Is there anything I should do before I file the FAFSA?

Yes, you should locate your FSA ID which allows electronic access to update and sign the FAFSA.  The FSA ID, which consists of a user-created username and password, replaced the PIN effective May, 2015.  If you or your parent (if you are a dependent student) has forgotten or needs to apply for an FSA ID, please visit fsaid.ed.gov.

Also, to get a head start on the application process, please confirm your e-mail address, mailing address, and contact information with the U.S. Department of Education is accurate. Visit www.fafsa.gov and follow the instructions to verify/update your information.

If I am currently enrolled in classes for 2018-2019 or plan to enroll for spring 2019, when should I file the FAFSA?

Now is the time to file the FAFSA! 

I need HELP!

Please contact the University of Louisville Student Financial Aid Office if you need assistance:
phone: 502-852-5511  e-mail:finaid@louisville.eduoffice: 110 Houchens Building, Belknap Campus