Student Financial Aid Office

University of Louisville’s response to COVID-19


Summer Financial Aid

To be evaluated for federal aid priority processing, after you have finalized your summer enrollment, you may complete the Early Request for Summer Federal Aid.  The Early Request for Summer Federal Aid is available on your ULink account.  Access the 'Financial Aid' tile and choose 'Early Request Summer Fed Aid' from the left menu.

 You must be enrolled in at least a half time status in order to be eligible for federal loans. Half-time for undergraduates is 6 hours and half-time for graduate/professional students is 3 hours during summer terms.

 For more detailed information, please visit our Summer Financial Aid website.

 When does my aid disburse?

Awards will not disburse until after the last day to add/drop for the first term of your enrollment.  We will not be able to release the funds early or provide an advancement.


First date of classes

Last day to drop/add

Potential disbursement date

Term I

May 8th

May 9th

May 10th

Speed School Term

May 15th

May 18th

May 19st 

Nursing Term

May 17th

May 22nd

May 23rd   

Term II

May 30th

June 1st

June 2nd

Ten (10) Week Term

May 30th

June 2nd

June 5th

Term III

July 7th

July 11th

July 12th


Students enrolled in special course periods have unique 100% drop/add, which require manual reviews of their aid disbursements.  This review can only occur after the 100% drop date for the special course has passed. 

 My aid is not enough to cover my summer balance.  What can I do?

The Bursar’s Office offers a summer payment plan.  Please note the deadline for the summer payment plan is May 12th

 If you are a dependent student, your parents could apply for a Parent PLUS Loan

You also may want to consider an outside educational loan from a private lender.

New! The University of Louisville has teamed up with ScholarshipUniverse to provide a one-stop portal to connect students with scholarship opportunities!

Access Now Image with link to the UofL ScholarshipUniverse Portal Webpage 

Visit our Scholarships and Other Resources page for more information about aid opportunities.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA is now available, and you should complete it 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

 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.
 If you need assistance completing the FAFSA or have questions regarding the FAFSA filing process, please contact our office or visit 

The FAFSA form is free. Only go to the U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website to file the FAFSA.  



Federal Student Loan Debt Relief Plan Halted and Repayment Pause Extended

 Courts have issued orders blocking the Biden-Harris Administration’s student debt relief program. Efforts are being made to overturn those orders. Borrowers are encouraged to sign up to receive updates as they are issued from the Department of Education at

 The COVID-19 student loan payment pause is extended until the U.S. Department of Education is permitted to implement the debt relief program or the litigation is resolved. Payments will restart 60 days later. If the debt relief program has not been implemented and the litigation has not been resolved by June 30, 2023 — payments will resume 60 days after that. We will notify borrowers before payments restart.

In response to scammers targeting borrowers, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) posted a consumer alert warning borrowers to be vigilant of potentially questionable calls and emails regarding student loan debt.

Document Upload for Financial Aid 'To Do List' Items

Do you have a Financial Aid ‘To Do List’ task under your 'Tasks’ tile in ULink you need to submit a required financial aid form(s), documentation, and/or a requested item(s)?  If so, you may have the option to securely upload the item(s) via your ULink account. 

Refer to our Financial Aid Document Upload resource page for more information.

Complete the FAFSA

What Year FAFSA and When?

Effective October 1, 2022 the 2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available and may be filed using 2021 income and tax data.

The following table summarizes the application dates

School Year/Semesters of Attendance

FAFSA Submission Window

Required Tax and Income information

Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Summer 2024

October 1,2021–June 30,2023


Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Summer 2023

October 1,2022–June 30,2024


 Please set a reminder for yourself!  Look for future reminders from the Student Financial Aid Office, but most importantly, do not forget to file the FAFSA for the upcoming aid year on or as close to October 1st as possible to maximize your potential award eligibility.

Step-by-step FAFSA guidance is available.

HEERF Update

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provided colleges and universities with funds to award grants to students to assist with emergency costs, tuition, food, housing, healthcare, childcare and other needs.  Since March 2020 UofL has disbursed more than $31 million to students.  As of May, 2022 UofL has exhausted all available CARES and HEERF student grant funding. 

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.

Complete Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note at the U.S.Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid website.

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.

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?

Email Service

A dedicated student and communication service account is monitored by a team equipped to provide assistance to students.

Email Financial Aid Service at:

Call Center

A dedicated call center is available to assist with all phone inquiries.

Call Student Financial Aid at: (502) 852-5511