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.
Complete the FAFSA for 2018-2019
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available for the 2018-19 academic year. Students will use tax information from 2016 to submit the 2018-19 FAFSA. Students should file FAFSA as soon as possible to maximize their potential award eligibility for the upcoming award year.
- 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 a helpful checklist of information and forms students and parents will want to have on-hand to help streamline the process of filling out the 2018-19 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.
Fall 2018 Part-Time Aid Adjustment and Waitlisted Coursework
If you have finalized your fall 2018 enrollment and are attending less than full-time, you may submit a fall 2018 Part-Time Aid Adjustment Form. By submitting this form,you are requesting we proceed with making any necessary adjustments to your financial aid and/or cost of attendance based on your current enrollment. The priority deadline to submit the form is August 6th. This information was sent out through email to awarded students who were enrolled less-than full-time. Forms submitted after August 6th may take up to 15 business days to process.
If you attend less than full-time and do not submit this form, the adjustment and disbursement of your aid (based on your enrollment) will not be processed until early September. If already awarded, the Federal Pell Grant cannot be adjusted for classes added after August 24th. If your aid has disbursed and you drop classes during the 100% tuition refund period, your aid will be reviewed for necessary adjustments, and you may owe funds back to the university.
Waitlisted classes and classes taken for Audit do not count in your total enrolled hours for financial aid purposes. Please do not complete the Part-Time Aid Adjustment Form if you are waitlisted for a class(es) or plan to make adjustments to your schedule.
If you are accepting a loan offer(s), you must be enrolled at least half-time in an eligible degree program or have approved non-degree status for the funds to disburse to your account. Half-time for undergraduates is 6 hours and half-time for graduate/professional students is 4.5 hours in fall and spring, and 3 hours in summer
If you change your enrollment after you submit the form, a hold will be placed on your account, and your aid will not be reviewed for disbursement until after the published last day to add or drop with 100% tuition credit.
Summer Financial Aid
Are you planning on attending courses during the summer term? If so and would like to have your federal financial aid eligibility evaluated early, please ensure you complete the Early Request for Summer Federal Aid once you have finalized your summer enrollment. This form will be available on your ULink account under the 'Financial Aid' section in the 'Student Services' tab by early April. In order to request an early review of your summer federal aid eligibility, you must have an official 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with our office. If required, all verification forms and requested documents must also be completed. In addition, you cannot be waitlisted in any summer course, and you must currently be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
During summer, federal financial assistance is available to eligible applicants who have Federal Pell Grant, Federal TEACH Grant, and/or Federal Direct Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Loan eligibility remaining for the award year. Graduate and law students will also be considered for Federal Direct Graduate/Professional PLUS Loans. Parents of dependent, undergraduate students may also apply for Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans. For undergraduate students with financial need who meet specific award criteria, a limited amount of Federal Work-Study funds will be made available. In certain situations, an eligible undergraduate student can receive additional Federal Pell Grant funds (up to 150% percent of his/her scheduled Federal Pell Grant award during an award year; year-round Pell). To be eligible for these additional funds, students must be enrolled at least half-time (six hours).
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.
Upcoming Important Dates
Tentative first disbursement of aid for students enrolled in Term III
July 20, 2018
Priority deadline for fall 2018 SAP appeals
August 6, 2018
Priority deadline for fall 2018 Part Time Adjustment forms
August 15, 2018
First disbursement for undergraduates and graduates
August 17, 2018
Advances made available after 1p.m.
August 20, 2018
Fall 2018 classes begin
September 3, 2018
Labor Day Holiday – Office Closed
Late September, 2018
Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) disbursement
October 8-9, 2018
Mid-Term Break (Office Open)
November 1st, 2018
Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Deadline