How To Apply

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The FAFSA is an annual application used for students seeking federal and state financial aid. The 2014-2015 FAFSA is the application for fall 2014, spring 2015, and summer 2015.

Steps for First-Time Applicants

  1. Assemble your tax and asset information, such as your W2s and 1040s.
  2. Go to to file your FAFSA. Be sure to apply for your PIN (and your parent if parent information is required) during the FAFSA filing process. Use the PIN to electronically sign your FAFSA. Our FAFSA school code is 001999.
  3. Once your FAFSA if processed by the U.S. Department of Education, you will be sent a Student Aid Report. If you filed electronically, the SAR will sent to you via email. If you filed by paper or did not provide an email address, the SAR will be sent to you by mail.
  4. Review the SAR for comments and incorrect information. If accurate, keep the SAR for your records. If you find any errors, you can correct this by returning the paper SAR or by making corrections to a processed FAFSA online. If you used estimated tax return information when completing the FAFSA, remember to update your FAFSA with actual tax information by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool after you file your federal income tax return.

Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, offers several YouTube videos about the FAFSA application process.


Financial Aid: Start-to-Finish

For detailed instructions on applying for aid at the University of Louisville, be sure to view Financial Aid: Start-to-Finish to help you navigate the financial aid process.

If you have not already done so, apply for admission to UofL.


  • In order to be awarded on time, transfer or newly admitted spring-only students must have a completed financial aid file, be enrolled in classes at UofL, and have canceled any pending financial aid at other institutions 30-45 working days prior to UofL's first disbursement date for that semester. If you are a transfer student starting spring 2015, then you may have already filed a FAFSA for your previous school. If this is the case, then you need to confirm that the UofL school code (001999) is listed on your 2014-2015 FAFSA.
  • Spring 2015 Award Information is available in My Award Letter.


  • The early request form for summer 2015 federal financial aid will be made available on your ULink account around the beginning of April. You must have a complete 2014-2015 Financial Aid File, which includes a 2014-2015 FAFSA and all requested documentation. During summer, federal financial assistance is available to eligible applicants who have remaining Pell Grant eligibility, TEACH, and/or Stafford Loan eligibility. Parents of undergraduate, dependent students can also apply for the Parent PLUS Loan, and graduate/professional students can apply for the Graduate/Professional PLUS Loan. Please familiarize yourself with the federal annual aid limits.
  • Do not complete the early request form on ULink until you have finalized your summer enrollment.  If you submit the form before you finalize your summer enrollment, your awards may be delayed and may have to be adjusted.
  • In order to have your Pell Grant eligibility evaluated, you must be enrolled in at least one credit hour as an eligible UofL degree-seeking undergraduate student.
  • To apply for a federal loan(s), you must be enrolled at least half-time as an eligible UofL degree-seeking student. For summer, half-time is defined as 6 hours for Undergraduate students and 3 hours for Graduate/Professional students. For additional information on loans, please visit our Loan web page. 

Fall & Spring
  • For 2015-2016, it is critical for students dependent on financial aid for account settlement and living expenses to apply early. A processed FAFSA and all required verification documents, or notice of any outside or departmental scholarships must be on file in the UofL Financial Aid office by early July in order for you to receive actual or anticipated aid. If you submit documents after this date, then you may not have actual or anticipated aid in time to settle your fall 2015 bill, and you will need to settle their charges through other means. Descriptions of other methods for account settlement are available on the Bursar's Office website.
  • For 2014-2015, it’s not too late to apply.  If eligible, you may receive back payment of aid resources for fall 2014, but your UofL bill should already be settled.
  • Fall 2015 -Spring 2016 Award Information is available in My Award Letter.