Step 1: File the FAFSA


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application for federal aid and the KY CAP grant if you are a KY resident. Additionally, some scholarships you apply for will require that you have filed the FAFSA. The FAFSA becomes available each year on January 1st. For example the 2015-2016 FAFSA will be available to file on January 1, 2015 for students applying for fall 2015, spring 2016, and summer 2016 financial aid. The FAFSA school code for U of L is 001999.

If you will be a new student, you can file the FAFSA while you are applying for admission to U of L. 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 via mail or email. Review the SAR for accuracy and verify U of L 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 mail your corrections to the Federal Processor. Once you are awarded aid, you must contact us for any corrections you wish to make on your FAFSA.

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

  • 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 Funding Education Beyond High School.
  • 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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