This page is to help answer your questions about the aid application process for undergraduates.

When is the 2017-2018 FAFSA going to be available?

The FAFSA will be available October 1, 2016

Is there a deadline?

There is no "official" deadline, although students should submit their FAFSA As Soon As Possible after the application is made available at www.fafsa.gov. The 2017-2018 FAFSA is available through June 30, 2018; 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!

If I am currently enrolled in classes for 2016-2017 or plan to enroll for spring 2017, when should I file the FAFSA?

Now is the time to file the FAFSA for 2016-2017! 

Why should I apply as soon as possible?

Historically, funding for the Kentucky College Access Program (CAP) Grant is exhausted earlier and earlier each year. CAP Grant is awarded to undergraduate students from Kentucky on a first-come, first-served basis by the state until the funds are spent.

What tax year information do I use to complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA?

You will use the 2015 federal tax information to complete the FAFSA for 2017-2018. Since the taxes were filed in April of 2016, 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 October 1, 2016?

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.

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