Step 3: Award Notification
Once your financial aid file is complete and you are admitted to UofL, our office will review your eligibility for all federal student aid programs. Each year, award notifications for first-time freshmen are scheduled to be mailed no later than mid-April. Continuing students are scheduled to receive award notification by e-mail in early June. Scholarship award letters are sent earlier depending on the program. If you need a federal award estimate, use the FAFSA4caster. High school seniors can get an estimate of their costs and financial aid available by using our net price calculator.
We award students based on full-time enrollment (12 credit hours a semester for undergraduates and 9 credit hours for graduate/professionals). If you are not full-time on the census date, your aid will be adjusted based on your enrolled hours. Graduate/professional students must be enrolled at least 4.5 hours to process a Federal Direct Loan.
Your award notification will direct you to your ULink account to review, accept, reduce, or decline your financial aid awards. Acceptance is not required for most grants and scholarships. The notification will also direct you to My Award Letter for specific information and steps you need to complete in order to process your financial aid. View our ULink tutorials for assistance on navigating through ULink.
We award students entering fall with both fall and spring financial aid. Students entering spring or attending summer must be registered for classes in addition to having a complete financial aid application to be awarded.
Review My Award Letter for more information on the award notification process and assistance with how to compare award letters from different schools.