Applying : Tips
Apply Weeks Early to meet the March 15 “ON-TIME” Deadline
More FAFSA tips on the “FAFSA Tips” page.
- Submit your FAFSA to the federal processor as soon as possible AFTER January 1.
- We must receive the results of your FAFSA with a valid “Estimated Family Contribution” from the federal need analysis processor by March 15 for you to be considered “on-time.”
- Apply several weeks before this date to be sure the federal processor has time to send us your results before the deadline. Financial aid is awarded first-come, first-served. Late applicants are considered for aid that remains when their application file is complete.
- Apply for financial aid at the same time, or even before, you apply for admission.
Re-Apply Each Year
Remember, financial aid is not renewed automatically. You must re-apply each year in order to keep your financial aid.
Keep the Following in Your Financial Aid File:
- Photocopies of your federal income tax return and W-2s
- Photocopies or printouts of your completed FAFSA
- Your Federal Student Aid Report
- Borrower copy of promissory notes
- Your Federal PIN
- This Gator Aid Application Guide
- Your State of Florida PIN and paperwork
- Photocopies of forms or information used to complete your aid application and all correspondence with aid agencies
Financial Aid Help Sessions
“Financial Aid Application Help Sessions” are held each spring in January and February. Students can get individual help completing the FAFSA online. All sessions are open — no appointment is required.
In January, watch our Web site, the Independent Florida Alligator, UF’s Gator Times e-mail, or Student News on my.UFL for times and locations.
Change in Family Circumstances
If you/your family have extenuating financial circumstances, check with your financial aid adviser to see if they might affect your financial aid application. Examples include:
- Divorce of parents, or you from your spouse
- Death of a major wage earner
- Loss of employment of a major wage earner
- Loss of other income or benefits (such as child support), by you, your parents, or spouse
Students petitioning financial aid awards are strongly encouraged to do so from March 1 through June 1.
Dependent or Independent
Dependency status is one of the most confusing aspects of financial aid application. The federal government has established extremely specific criteria for classifying financial aid recipients as dependent or independent. This classification is important, because it determines whose financial information must be reported on the FAFSA.
FAFSA on the Web has a convenient, easy to use online Dependency Status Worksheet to aid students and parents in determining their dependency status.