Applying : How To Apply

Although you must be accepted for enrollment at UF before you are considered for financial aid, you should apply for aid before being admitted.

Step 1: Complete the FAFSA Weeks Before March 15

Applying for financial aid at UF begins with the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Complete the FAFSA at 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.

In order for us to consider you for a financial aid package, you must be an admitted student and have met the “On-Time” deadline. We must receive the results of your FAFSA with a valid EFC (Expected Family Contribution) by March 15 for you to be considered “On-Time.”

  • Create an FSA ID at the Federal Student Aid’s FSA ID site. Follow the instructions on the site. An FSA ID gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems and can serve as your legal signature. If you’re a dependent student, your parents must also obtain an FSA ID.
  • Go to FAFSA on the Web. Follow the instructions on the site.
  • List the University of Florida and the UF Federal School Code (001535) as a school choice in Step Six of the FAFSA.
  • Sign your FAFSA. Students can sign electronically using their FSA ID. Parents of dependent students may sign electronically but must first obtain their own FSA ID.
  • Don’t forget to reapply each year, financial aid is not renewed automatically.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status is conferred by the USCIS office in the Department of Homeland Security. While students granted DACA are normally assigned a Social Security number, they are not eligible for Title IV aid. DACA students should refer to their academic unit or our scholarship search engine for possible scholarship options.

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Step 2: Verify the Information

Once you have submitted your FAFSA successfully, be aware of the confirmation page that displays. This page contains important information, including:

  • Your unique confirmation number
  • Your unique Data Release Number (DRN)
  • A summary of what will happen next in your financial aid application
  • A summary of federal aid that you MAY be eligible for, including amounts.

You should print the confirmation page and keep it for your records.

Once your FAFSA has been successfully processed by the federal processor, you will receive a Federal Student Aid Report (SAR) from the federal processor after you submit your FAFSA, either by email or by USPS. If you provided an e-mail address, you should receive your SAR as soon as 24 hours after your FAFSA is processed.

  • The SAR indicates your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is used to determine your eligibility for financial aid.
  • The SAR also lists information you recorded on your FAFSA. Review the SAR for any inaccuracies. If no corrections are needed, keep the SAR with your financial aid records.
  • If any corrections are necessary, go to FAFSA on the Web and select “Make Corrections to a Processed FAFSA.” If UF is not listed in the SAR’s “College Release Section,” correct your SAR to include UF. UF’s school code is 001535.
  • If your e-mail or mailing address changes, update it with the federal processor using FAFSA on the Web. This will ensure that you get your Student Aid Report, electronic PIN, Renewal Reminder, and other important correspondence.

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Step 3: Follow Up

    • Check the status of your aid application and award on ISIS
    • If your application is selected for verification or Quality Assurance, you will be required to provide documentation before aid is disbursed to you. Respond promptly to requests for information or documentation.
    • Most forms for this process are available to print from your “financial aid status” page on ISIS, or on SFA’s Forms page.

The Award Letter and the Shopping Sheet

Your award notification comes in two forms—the Award Letter and the Shopping Sheet.
The Award Letter contains important information about your financial aid award, including specific information about your obligations when you receive aid. It provides the names of your expected awards along with their expected amounts, itemized by semester. You will learn how to accept this award, how to report additional outside resources, and important facts about how you will receive your financial aid.

The Shopping Sheet is a consumer tool that is designed to simplify information about costs and financial aid in an easy-to-read format. It is formatted and configured differently than the Award Letter, but describes the same financial aid award. It will help you in comparing institutions in terms of grant and scholarship amounts, net costs, graduation rates, loan default rates, median borrowing and estimated monthly loan payments after graduation.

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Step 4: Review and Respond to Your Award

Once your Financial Aid file is complete and you have been admitted to UF, SFA will award you an aid package based on your demonstrated need.

  • Only first time in college students receive an initial award letter in paper form through the USPS. All other award notifications and other correspondence will be sent to you by e-mail.
  • Your Financial Aid Award Letter will state the terms and conditions of aid programs awarded. Carefully read the information accompanying your award and follow all instructions.
  • Accept or declined the offered aid, using ISIS.
  • Grants and Scholarships are considered to be automatically accepted; loans and employment must be expressly accepted on ISIS.

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