How To Apply

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The FAFSA is an annual application used for students seeking federal, state and some institutional financial aid. The 2016-2017 FAFSA is the application for fall 2016, spring 2017, and summer 2017 at the University of Louisville.

Steps for First-Time Applicants
  1. Assemble your tax and asset information, such as your W2s and 1040s.
  2. Apply for an FSA ID for you and your parent, if parent information is required in the filing process, at
  3. Go to to file your FAFSA. Our FAFSA school code is 001999.
  4. Once your FAFSA is 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.
  5. Review the SAR for comments and incorrect information and keep a copy for your records. If you find errors, you can correct this on 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.
Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, offers several YouTube videos about the FAFSA application process.
Financial Aid: Start-to-Finish
For detailed instructions on applying for aid at the University of Louisville, be sure to view Financial Aid: Start-to-Finish to help you navigate the financial aid process.
If you have not already done so, apply for admission to UofL.

  • In order to be awarded federal financial aid, 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 starting spring 2017, then you may have already filed a FAFSA for your previous school. If this is the case, you may need to add the UofL school code (001999) on your 2016-2017 FAFSA.
  • Spring 2017 Award Information is available under My Award Letter.
  • The early request form for summer 2017 federal financial aid will be made available on your ULink account on March 28th. You must have a complete 2016-2017 financial aid file, which includes a 2016-2017 FAFSA and all requested documentation.
  • During summer, federal financial assistance is available to eligible applicants who have remaining Pell Grant, TEACH, and/or Direct Loan eligibility. Parents of undergraduate, dependent students can also apply for the Parent PLUS Loan, and graduate/professional students can apply for the Graduate/Professional PLUS Loan. In addition, eligible undergraduate students will be reviewed for a limited number awards from the Federal Perkins Loan and Federal Work Study programs. Please familiarize yourself with the federal annual loan limits.
  • Do not complete the early request form on ULink until you have finalized your summer enrollment.  If you submit the form before you finalize your summer enrollment, your awards may be delayed and may have to be adjusted.
  • In order to have your Pell Grant eligibility evaluated, you must be enrolled in at least one credit hour as an eligible UofL degree-seeking undergraduate student.
  • To apply for a federal loan(s), 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 additional information on loans, please visit our loans web page.
Fall & Spring
  • For 2017-2018, it is critical for students dependent on financial aid for account settlement and other educational expenses to apply early. A processed FAFSA, all required documents and notice of any outside or departmental scholarships must be on file in the UofL Financial Aid office by early July. If you do not have aid in excess of your semester charges, you will need to settle the outstanding bill through other means. Descriptions of other methods for account settlement are available on the Bursar's Office website.
  • Fall 2016-Spring 2017 award information is available under My Award Letter.