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.
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.
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 at www.studentloans.gov.
The NEW 2017-2018 FAFSA
You will be able to file your 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on October 1, 2016, using 2015 income and tax data, instead of waiting until January 2016.
The following table summarizes the changes.
FAFSA submission window
Required Tax and Income information
Fall 2016, Spring 2017 and Summer 2017
January 1, 2016-June 30, 2017
Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018
October 1, 2016–
Fall 2018, Spring 2019 and Summer 2019
October 1, 2017–
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 FAFSA in October 2016, and on or as close to October 1st as possible, to maximize your potential award eligibility for the for the 2017-2018 year.
Upcoming Important Dates
- August 17th, 2016
First disbursement for undergraduates and graduates
- August 19th, 2016
Advances made available after 1p.m.
- August 22nd, 2016
Fall 2016 classes begin
- September 5, 2016
Labor Day Holiday – Office Closed
- Late September, 2016
Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) disbursement
- October 3rd -4th, 2016
Mid-Term Break (Office Open)
- November 1st, 2016
Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Deadline
- November 8th, 2016
Election Day- Office Closed