University of Louisville’s response to COVID-19

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Message for Students with a 2021-2022 FAFSA Selected for Verification

Per an announcement from the U.S. Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid on July 13, 2021, most students selected for the 2021-2022 verification process are no longer required to complete verification.  Active students who are no longer required to complete verification will be notified by our office.

Please note, some students will still have to resolve conflicting FAFSA information and/or complete the verification process before federal aid eligibility can be evaluated or disbursed, and our office will follow up with those students as needed.

 For students who have already submitted 2022 verification documents,we will review your documents and will contact you if any additional information is needed.

Please click here to access the official announcement from the U.S. Department of Education.


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits Temporary Program Expansion for Students

The SNAP program helps people buy health foods at participating stores.  Under the provisions of the Consolidation Appropriations Act 2021, students enrolled at least half-time with an Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of zero or awarded Federal Work Study (FWS) may qualify  for SNAP benefits provided other general eligibility requirements are met as determined by the applicable state. 

As part of the SNAP application process, students may be asked to provide verification of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data, including aid awarded and/or the calculated EFC from the FAFSA. 

  • For verification of EFC:
    • students may use a one-time email, if received, that was generated by the Department of Education in early April specifically for SNAP certification purposes*; or,
    • use the Student Aid Report (SAR) received from the Department of Education upon completion of the FAFSA; or
    • print the ‘College Financial Plan’ page accessible as a menu item within the ‘Financial Aid’ tile in ULink, if available (when a menu link is not present, this option is not applicable).
  • For verification of awards:
    • print the latest award notification received from the Student Financial Aid Office for the applicable aid year; or,
    • print the ‘Summary’ or ‘Award Summary’ page accessible via the ‘Financial Aid’ tile in ULink.
The Student Financial Aid Office is available at finaid@louisville.edu or (502) 852-5511 to assist students in need of guidance regarding access to financial aid documentation. 

Refer to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service's information for students for more information.  Kentucky residents may apply and refer to information provided by Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.


Temporary Monthly Discounts on Broadband Internet Service for Qualified Students

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched its Emergency Broadband Benefit Program on May 12; it aims to provide subsidies for students struggling to pay for internet amid the pandemic.

Eligible households, including those with a Pell Grant recipient or participant in another federal assistance program, such as free or reduced lunch, SNAP or Medicaid, or those that have experienced significant income loss since February 2020, may apply to receive substantially subsidized broadband service.

As part of the application process, Pell Grant recipients may be asked to provide documentation of aid awarded.

  • For verification of awards:
    • print the latest award notification received from the Student Financial Aid Office for the applicable aid year; or,
    • print the ‘Summary’ or ‘Award Summary’ page accessible via the ‘Financial Aid’ tile in ULink.

The Student Financial Aid Office is available at finaid@louisville.edu or (502) 852-5511 to assist students in need of guidance regarding access to financial aid documentation. 

Refer to the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit information for qualification and application details. 


Complete the FAFSA

What Year FAFSA and When?

Effective October 1, 2021 the 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available and may be filed using 2020  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 2021,Spring 2022 and Summer 2022

    October 1,2020–June 30,2022

  2019

Fall 2022,Spring 2023 and Summer 2023

    October 1,2021–June 30,2023

  2020

Please set a reminder for yourself!  Look for future reminders from the Student Financial Aid Office, but most importantly, do not forget to file the FAFSA for the upcoming aid year on or as close to October 1st as possible to maximize your potential award eligibility.

Step-by-step FAFSA guidance is available.


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.

Complete Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note at studentloans.gov.


 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 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 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

ThemyStudentAid Mobile 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.


Important Dates

Registration and Drop/Add for Summer/Fall 2021