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.

Important Announcements

Spring 2019 Aid Disbursement and Residual Funds

Aid Disbursement

Once the Student Financial Aid Office completes a review of your eligibility, we will electronically disburse all available financial aid funds to the Bursar's Office beginning January 2nd.  Understand this is when funds are disbursing to the Bursar’s Office, NOT when you will receive residual funds. The Bursar's Office will then post that aid to your account.  The first electronic file of residual funds will be sent to Bank Mobile by January 4th. There are thousands of account transactions, so it will take time to post all the transactions to students' accounts.

Some financial aid programs (such as the Kentucky KEES and TEACH Grant) have later disbursement dates. If you are enrolled in all special or second-half courses, you will not have your aid reviewed for disbursement until you actually begin classes.

Residual Funds

The University of Louisville uses the company Bank Mobile to deliver all residual funds to students. With Bank Mobile, you can request your residual funds go to a free Bank Mobile checking account with a debit card or direct deposit to your personal bank account.

If you misplaced your Bank Mobile card or you discarded the mailing containing the card, you may call the Bursar’s Office at 502-852-6503.

You can monitor your account on ULink (listed under Tuition, Fees, Payment Options on the Student Services tab) to review disbursed funds. It can take up to 48 hours for a refund to be processed with the Bursar’s Office and transmitted to Bank Mobile.

For Residual fund information, review the Bursar’s Office website.

Spring 2019 University Funds Advance

University funds advances are offered via ULink in coordination with the Bursar’s Office. To qualify, you must: 

  • have anticipated aid (aid that has not disbursed) that exceeds your bill
  • have not been processed residual funds of $500 dollars or more
  • not have aid that needs to be reviewed for adjustments due to being enrolled part-time

The maximum university funds advance amount is $450, and there is a $5 processing fee assessed by the Bursar's Office, who has the final approval on each university funds advance. Undergraduates and graduates may begin applying and printing the university funds advance request form via ULink on January 4th after 1:00 p.m.

Students enrolled part-time who did not complete the Part-Time Aid Adjustment Form by December 10th can come to the Student Financial Aid Office to request a manual review of their university funds advancement eligibility. The maximum university funds advance amount for such students is $250.

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.

Student Financial Aid Office Scholarship Application

Student Financial Aid Office Scholarship Application

Complete the Student Financial Aid Office Scholarship Application to be considered for support in the 2019-2020 academic year from scholarships managed by the Student Financial Aid Office. The application deadline is February 15, 2019.

Complete the FAFSA

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

2018-2019 FAFSA

Complete the for the 2018-19 academic year using 2016 income and tax data.

2019-2020 FAFSA

Complete the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using 2017 income and tax data. FILE NOW to maximize your potential award eligibility for the for next year.

What Year FAFSA and When?

Application Dates

School Year/Semesters of Attendance

    FAFSA Submission Window

    Required Tax and Income information

Fall 2018,Spring 2019 and Summer 2019

    October 1,2017–June 30,2019


Fall 2019,Spring 2020 and Summer 2020

    October 1,2018–June 30,2020


Online Resources

Federal Student Aid and the U.S. Department of Education offers a checklist as you prepare to complete the FAFSA. Step-by-step guidance can be found here.

The National Association for Student Financial Aid Administrators has created helpful checklists with information and forms students and parents will want to have on-hand to help streamline the process of filling out the FAFSA.

Students will also need the Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) to sign the FAFSA. If you have forgotten or misplaced your FSA ID, please visit the Manage My FSA ID website and follow the instructions for retrieving your FSA ID.

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.

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 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

The 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.

Upcoming Important Dates

January 2

First disbursement of eligible spring financial aid funds

January 4 at 1:00 p.m.

First day to apply for ULink financial aid advance

January 21

Office closed (MLK, Jr. Day)

March 11-17

Spring break

April 1

Spring 2019 Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeal deadline

Previous Important Dates for Reference

January 1, 2019

Continuing Student Scholarship application available through ULink

December 1, 2018

Application opens for scholarships managed by the Student Financial Aid Office

November 1, 2018

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal Deadline