Student Financial Aid Office

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

If you enrolled for the Winter Session and interested in applying for an Alternative Loan, please use the following dates as your loan period 8/21/2017 – 1/4/2018. If you need more details on how to apply for the alternative loan please look under the Loan tab above to see the step-by-step details.

Complete the FAFSA for 2018-2019

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available starting October 1, 2017 for the 2018-19 academic year. Students will use tax information from 2016 to submit the 2018-19 FAFSA. Students should file on October 1st, or as soon as possible, to maximize their potential award eligibility for the upcoming award year.

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 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.

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

Late March
Summer Aid Early Request available via ULink
Please do not submit until you have finalize your summer course selection.

April 1
Spring 2018 SAP Appeal deadline

April 26
Last day of spring Federal Work Study

April 26
First day of summer Federal Work Study

Early May
Evaluation of Satisfactory Academic Progress. (SAP LINK)

May 28
Memorial Day - University will be closed.