How To Apply
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The FAFSA is an annual application used for students seeking federal and state financial aid. The 2014-2015 FAFSA is the application for fall 2014, spring 2015, and summer 2015.
Steps for First-Time Applicants
- Assemble your tax and asset information, such as your W2s and 1040s.
- Go to www.fafsa.gov to file your FAFSA. Be sure to apply for your PIN (and your parent if parent information is required) during the FAFSA filing process. Use the PIN to electronically sign your FAFSA. Our FAFSA school code is 001999.
- Once your FAFSA if processed by the U.S. Department of Education, you will be sent a Student Aid Report. If you filed electronically, the SAR will sent to you via email. If you filed by paper or did not provide an email address, the SAR will be sent to you by mail.
- Review the SAR for comments and incorrect information. If accurate, keep the SAR for your records. If you find any errors, you can correct this by returning the paper SAR or by making corrections to a processed FAFSA online. If you used estimated tax return information when completing the FAFSA, remember to update your FAFSA with actual tax information by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool after you file your federal income tax return.
Financial Aid: Start-to-Finish
For detailed instructions on applying for aid at the University of Louisville, be sure to view our Financial Aid: Start-to-Finish to help you navigate the financial aid process.
You can file the FAFSA while you are filing for admission to U of L.
- In order to be awarded on time, transfer or newly admitted spring-only students must have a completed financial aid file, be enrolled in classes at UofL, and have canceled any pending financial aid at other institutions 30-45 working days prior to UofL's first disbursement date for that semester. If you are a transfer student, you may have already filed a FAFSA for your previous school. If this is the case, you need to confirm that the UofL school code (001999) is listed on the FAFSA.
- The application for summer federal financial aid will be made available on your ULink account in April once registration begins. You must have a complete Financial Aid File, which includes the FAFSA used during the current semester as well as all requested documentation to apply. During summer, federal financial assistance is only available to eligible applicants who have Pell Grant eligibility, TEACH, and/or Stafford Loan eligibility. Undergraduate students may also apply for the Parent PLUS Loan, and graduate students may apply for the Graduate/Professional PLUS Loan. Please familiarize yourself with the federal annual aid limits.
- Do not apply on ULink until you have finalized your summer enrollment. If you submit the online summer application before you finalize your summer enrollment, your awards may be delayed and/or have to be adjusted.
- To apply for the Pell Grant, you must be enrolled in at least one credit hour as an eligible UofL degree-seeking undergraduate student.
- To apply for a Stafford, Graduate PLUS, and/or Parent PLUS loans, 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. For the Parent PLUS or the Graduate Professional PLUS loans, the student must complete the Summer Aid Request form in addition to completing the procedures outlined on our Loan page.
Fall & Spring
Fall 2014 -Spring 2015 Award Information is available in My Award Letter.
- For 2014-2015, it is critical for students dependent on financial aid for account settlement and living expenses to apply early. A processed FAFSA and all required verification documents, or notice of any outside or departmental scholarships must be on file in the UofL Financial Aid office by early July in order for you to receive actual or anticipated aid. If you submit documents after this date, then you may not have actual or anticipated aid in time to settle your fall 2014 bill, you and will need to settle their charges through other means. Descriptions of other methods for account settlement are available on the Bursar's Office website.