Step 1: File the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application for federal aid, the Kentucky State Grant for Kentucky residents and some institutional aid programs. Additionally, some scholarships may require you to file the FAFSA. The FAFSA becomes available each year on January 1st. You should file the FAFSA in January of your senior year in high school and every January thereafter to be eligible for aid in subsequent years.  The FAFSA school code for UofL is 001999.

We will begin reviewing your FAFSA once it has been processed by the U.S. Department of Education and you are an applicant with the Admission's Office.

After submitting the FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) either by mail or email. Review the SAR for accuracy and verify UofL is listed as one of your school choices. If accurate, keep the SAR for your records. If you filed on the web and corrections are needed, you should make these corrections online at If you received a paper SAR, you can make corrections on the SAR and mail your corrections to the address listed on your SAR. Once you are awarded aid, make no further corrections to your FAFSA unless you contact our office.

For more information on filing the FAFSA (including special summer application processes), visit our How to Apply webpage. In addition:

  • We encourage you to apply for financial aid as early as possible after the FAFSA is made available on January 1 in order to allow adequate processing time for the upcoming fall term.
  • A good general overview of the federal student aid programs is available in the U.S. Department of Education’s website at
  • Start a folder of computer print-outs and mail you have received from schools or the U.S. Department of Education.


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