Students are encouraged to browse the pages under each menu of this website to gain a greater understanding of the financial aid process and becom familiar with resource information that is available to provide clarification and find answers to questions with delay for a phone call, email, or office visit.
Specific questions about balances owed, payment plans, and residual funds are typically managed by the Bursar’s Office. Students are encouraged to visit the Bursar’s Office website www.louisville.edu/bursar, as well, for more information about these topics and their contact information.
Part-Time Aid Adjustment Requests for Spring 2024
Have you finalized your enrollment for the spring 2024 term and will be attending less than full-time? If so, the priority deadline to submit the Part-Time Aid Adjustment Request form is Monday, December 11th. By submitting this form, you are requesting the Student Financial Aid Office proceed with making the necessary adjustments to your financial aid and/or cost of attendance based on your current enrollment. Do not complete this form if you plan to adjust your schedule.
To access the Part-Time Aid Adjustment Request form:
- Log in to your ULink account
- On the 'Student Homepage', select the 'Financial Aid' tile
- On the left-hand menu, select 'Part-time Aid Adjustment Req'
If you attend less than full-time during the spring term and do not complete the Part-Time Aid Adjustment Request form, your aid will not be evaluated for potential necessary adjustments nor disbursement until after the last day to drop and receive a 100% tuition credit for regular spring courses. You must be enrolled at least half-time to receive federal loans and funds from the vast majority of aid programs. Half-time enrollment is considered 6 hours for undergraduate students and 4.5 hours for graduate/professional students during the fall and spring terms.
The FAFSA Simplification Act
The FAFSA Simplification Act was passed by Congress in 2020 and represents a significant overhaul of the processes and systems used to award federal student aid. This includes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, the need analysis that determines federal aid eligibility, changes in terminology, and many policies and procedures for schools that participate in federal student aid programs.
Though historically available October 1st for the upcoming award year, the 2024-25 FAFSA will not be made available by the U.S. Department of Education until sometime in December 2023. The delay is due to major changes and improvements coming to the 2024-25 FAFSA, which will result in a more streamlined application process with fewer questions and expand eligibility for federal student aid.
Visit UofL’s 2024-2025 FAFSA Simplification Act website for additional information on how the application process is changing.
Federal Student Loan Repayment for Graduated Students
The national COVID-19 emergency ended on May 11, 2023, and Congress recently passed a law preventing further extensions of the payment pause. Student loan interest will resume on September 1, 2023, and borrowers will have to restart payments in October. The U.S. Department of Education will notify borrowers before payments restart. Loan servicers should also provide borrowers with billing statements or notices at least 21 days before their first payments are due.
Borrowers who graduated during the COVID-19 emergency should pay special attention to the restart of federal loan payments, as they have not been required to make payments on their federal loans before but will be required begin making payments soon.
Beware of Scams: You might be contacted by a company saying they will help you get loan discharge, forgiveness, cancellation, or debt relief for a fee. You never have to pay for help with your federal student aid. Make sure you work only with the U.S. Department of Education, the office of Federal Student Aid, and your assigned loan servicers.
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.
2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Students currently enrolled or planning to enroll in coursework at the University of Louisville for the fall 2023, spring 2024, and/or summer 2024 semester that haven't already completed the 2023-2024 FAFSA should do so as soon as possible.
For step-by-step instructions on how to renew your FAFSA, please visit the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid website at https://studentaid.gov/apply-for-aid/fafsa/renew.
Once you log in to renew, certain information will automatically be pre-populated for you, and you’ll only simply need to provide new income and tax information and update any information that may have changed.
- When completing the 2023-2024 FAFSA, you will use 2021 income and tax information.
- We strongly encourage you (and your parent(s), if applicable) to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import your tax information directly from the IRS to your FAFSA.
- The ability to renew your FAFSA form is for your convenience, and you can also choose to start a new FAFSA form.
The FAFSA form is free. Only go to the U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website to file the FAFSA.
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The University of Louisville does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, or disability of an otherwise qualified individual in educational programs and activities. Accordingly, while a program or activity may be focused on the needs or issues of a particular group, they are intended to be inclusive of all and any participant may benefit from attendance or participation in these programs and activities.
How may we assist you?
A dedicated student and communication service account is monitored by a team equipped to provide assistance to students.
Email Financial Aid Service at: email@example.com
A dedicated call center is available to assist with all phone inquiries.
Call Student Financial Aid at: (502) 852-5511