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Special Student Populations

by Partin,Wesley Benjamin last modified Jan 29, 2014 12:00 PM

Below are some general concepts special student populations should be aware of.  The Student Financial Aid Office encourages all students to review other parts of the website to understand the polices and procedures that govern the different types of aid.   Specifically you should review the Start to Finish and My Award Letter websites.

Transfer Student
Study Abroad Students
Adult students
Students Graduating
2nd Degree Seniors/Post-Baccalaureate Students
Visiting Students
Metro College

Transfer Students

  • In order to be awarded on time you must have a completed financial aid file, be enrolled in classes at UofL, and have canceled any pending financial aid you had at another institutions 30-45 working days prior to UofL's first disbursement date for that semester.
  • If you were selected for verification at your last school, you will be selected for verification again at UofL, and the process will have to be completed at UofL before you will be eligible for federal financial aid.    
  •  If another institution processed a Professional Judgment or Dependency Override, please understand UofL might not apply that information in the determination of your awards.  You will need to request a new Professional Judgment and we will need to recalculate your aid based on our own policies and procedures. 
  • Students who are transferring to the University of Louisville directly from a KCTCS institution or Ivy Tech Community College, Sellersburg may be eligible to apply for the KCTCS Academic Transfer Scholarship. For eligibility requirements and further information please see the following link.

Study Abroad Students

Contact the Office for International Studies if considering any study abroad opportunity.  Also, check with the Office for International Studies, the Financial Aid website, other scholarships searches and other campus departments for information on scholarship opportunities for study abroad programs.

In all instances, a consortium or contractual agreement is required before aid can be considered for classes taken as part of a study abroad program.  Provide student financial assistance the costs, total enrollment hours, course certification and intended enrollment period associated with the study abroad program.  This information can be obtained from the Office of International Studies, UofL department sponsoring the trip or the agency (KIIS, CEA, CCIS, ISA, etc). The cost information will be used to determine if your budget and financial aid may be increased to reflect any additional costs related to studying abroad.

All federal financial aid and some state awards can be used for payment toward study abroad providing you qualify.  Depending on the restrictions placed on scholarships, they may be used to pay for study abroad programs as well. However, you are responsible for any payment installments owed prior to the disbursement of federal, state, or institutional ffunds.

Important Tips

  • Ensure all steps have been completed prior to leaving the country.  This includes but is not limited to:
    • Completing the Stafford loan steps
    • Ensuring you have set up a HigherOne account

Adult Students

Some adult students returning to school have unique opportunities to receive funding for their education through various sources. Some of these sources include:

  • The Go Higher Grant gives adults age 24 or older up to $1,000 for one academic year when they enroll in a participating Kentucky college or university less than half-time, which is usually one or two courses. The award covers tuition and a book allowance of $50 per credit hour.
  • The New Beginning Scholarship Fund is awarded to non-traditional Kentucky residents who are pursuing an undergraduate degree at the University of Louisville, and who exhibit financial need. Recipients must no longer be supported by their parents and must be returning to college after a break in their education of at least one year. For eligibility requirements and further information please see the following link.
  • If your employer offers a tuition reimbursement program, be sure to follow the directions on the Bursar’s Office website
  • The Beth K Fields Scholarship for non-traditional students is a program which provides funds to students at least 25 years old, who provide support for at least one dependent, and have 12 credit hours of college work with a 3.0GPA.  Additional information and the application process can be found at 

Student Graduating

If you submit a degree application for graduation, then your financial aid may require proration based on your enrollment.  This requires a re-calculation of your eligibility based on the hours in which you are enrolled and an adjustment of your budget from a 9 month to a 5 month period.  This can occur after the initial awarding if your aid has not already disbursed.

2nd Degree Seniors/Post-Baccalaureate Students

A student who has already earned a bachelor's degree or first professional degree is no longer considered an undergraduate student and is ineligible for the Pell Grant.  Students working on a second bachelor’s degree are eligible for the Senior level loan limits of $7500 for a dependent student or $12,500 for an independent student.  The career limits of $31,000 for a dependent student or $57,500 for an independent student are still enforced.

You should also be aware of the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy which impacts a student's financial aid eligibility.

Visiting Students

If you are enrolled at the University as a visiting student, you will not be awarded federal aid by the Student Financial Aid Office.  However, financial aid from your home institution may be transferable to the University of Louisviile. You should consult with your home institution’s financial aid office.

Metro College

 Metropolitan College is a partnership among the University of Louisville, Jefferson Community and Technical College, Jefferson Technical College, UPS, Humana, and Community Alternative Kentucky (CAKY). Participants in this program receive both employment income and paid tuition benefits. A 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required. Certain stipulations apply and you should visit for further information and eligibility requirements.  The tuition benefits received through Metropolitan College must be counted as an aid resource when calculating student eligibility for other forms of financial aid.   Reporting this information early will help prevent changes in eligibility that can result in reductions to financial aid due to overaward. To report estimated financial assistance not already included in your aid package, complete the Report Other Aid form.

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