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. Complete the FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov.
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • Although you must be accepted for enrollment at UF before you receive financial aid, you should apply for aid before being admitted.
  • 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:

  1. Divorce of parents, or you from your spouse
  2. Death of a major wage earner
  3. Loss of employment of a major wage earner
  4. 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.

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