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. You should file the FAFSA in January of your senior year in high school for 2016-2017. The FAFSA school code for UofL is 001999.

For the 2017-2018 school year, the FAFSA will be available on October 1, 2016. Continuing students will submit their FAFSA as soon as possible on or after October 1- You should file the FAFSA in October of your senior year in high school and every October thereafter to be eligible for aid in subsequent years.  The FAFSA school code for UofL is 001999.

We will begin reviewing your FAFSA after 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 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 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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