Applying for financial aid is a complicated process. SFA strives to make it as easy and painless a process as possible. Successfully completing the application process will require intensive participation on your part. Students who are organized and responsible in their financial affairs, who take time to learn about the financial aid process, and who work with their aid advisers will find the process to be relatively smooth and free of frustration.
As you prepare to apply for financial aid at the University of Florida, please review SFA’s Aid Basics page. Also, both the FAFSA on the Web and the studentaid.ed.gov sites are filled with useful information for students (and parents) preparing to apply for financial aid.
This section lays out the application process in a simple, clear, and easy to understand timeline. At the University of Florida, the cornerstone of your financial aid application is your FAFSA. SFA encourages students to complete their FAFSA online, carefully, and in time to make UF’s “On-Time” Application deadline.
Although you must be accepted for enrollment at UF before you receive financial aid, you should apply for aid before being admitted. Complete the FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov. You can file a FAFSA as early as January 1 each year. UF’s “On-Time” deadline to receive the results of your FAFSA from the federal processor is March 15. Apply well before March 15 to ensure that the federal processor has time to analyze and send the results of your FAFSA to our office. Financial aid is awarded on a first come, first served basis so apply as early as possible to be considered for the most, and best aid.
Verification is a process by which UF confirms data supplied by the applicant and/or their parents. Verification allows UF to resolve discrepancies on students’ financial aid applications. UF participates in the Quality Assurance program, a federal program which allows the university to establish its own verification criteria and determine which student files must be verified. If your application is selected for verification or a quality assurance review, you will notified by SFA by email and advised to check your “Financial Aid Status” on ISIS in order to determine which documents or actions are required.
For more information, listen to the Podcast Episode: Verification.
An academic year at UF consists of fall, spring, and summer semesters. Freshmen and sophomores entering the State University System must complete at least nine credit hours during a summer session to graduate. More details are available at SFA’s Summer Aid page and at the Registrar’s website.
For more information, listen to the Podcast Episode: Summer Aid
Prior to disbursement of financial aid to transfer students, we must have received valid financial aid transcript data via the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) from all post-secondary schools you have attended, whether or not you received financial aid at those schools.
A catalog of tips and helpful hints aimed at making the financial aid process easier.