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.
Summer Financial Aid
The early request form for summer 2017 federal financial aid is available on your ULink account. You must have a complete 2016-2017 financial aid file, which includes a 2016-2017 FAFSA and all requested documentation. 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. During summer, federal financial assistance is available to eligible applicants who have remaining Pell Grant, TEACH, and/or Direct 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. 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. In addition, eligible undergraduate students will be reviewed for a limited number awards from the Federal Perkins Loan and Federal Work Study programs.
FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool Unavailable:
To protect sensitive taxpayer data, the IRS and Federal Student Aid (FSA) announced the Data Retrieval Tool on fafsa.gov will be unavailable until extra security protections can be added (https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/announcements/irs-drt-unavailable). You can still file/update the FAFSA with your 2015 tax information, but you will have to enter those items using your 2015 tax return(s). If you were selected for the FAFSA Verification process you may have been told to utilize the Data Retrieval tool; however, due to this announcement, you may be required to submit a Tax Return Transcript instead. Please follow the instructions on your verification form and our website (IRS Tax Return Transcript) if you need to request a tax return transcript. Please contact our office if you have any questions or need assistance completing your FAFSA.
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–
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
April 24, 2017
- Last day of spring classes for undergraduates
Early May 2017
- Evaluation of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) begins
May 8th, 2017
- Summer Term I classes begin
- View the University’s Academic Calendar Link (http://louisville.edu/calendars/academic/undergrad-grad) for a review of all summer start, registration, and withdrawal dates.
May 13th, 2017
May 24th, 2017
- Memorial Day – Office Closed
July 4, 2017
- Independence Day – Office Closed