From the Office for Student Financial Affairs

Changes to the FAFSA

Monday, September 21st, 2015

On September 13, 2015 President Obama announced that the US Dept. of Education would begin using “prior-prior year” information on the FAFSA beginning with the 2017-2018 financial aid year.

For students starting or continuing in 2016-2017, this will not change the financial aid process.

For the 2017-2018 year school year, UF anticipates that our students will be able to:

  •  Fill out the FAFSA as early as October, 2016.
  • Use tax information from 2015 you already have.
  • Get a financial aid award sooner.

Constitution Day – UF Programs and Activities

Thursday, September 17th, 2015


Sept. 17, 2015 – Constitution Day – commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, and each year the University of Florida – along with other public funded universities – celebrate the day with special programs and activities.

Click here for a full listing of today’s activities.


Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015


Are you a Pell Grant recipient?  Are you interested in a Study Abroad program?  Attend the Gilman Scholarship Information Session to learn more about this scholarship opportunity.

What:  Gilman Scholarship Information Session

When:  September 17th, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: International Center Large Conference Room, HUB

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered by the Institute of International Education. The scholarship enables Pell Grant Eligible students some funding to participate in study or intern abroad programs worldwide. Gilman provides awards of up to $5,000 for undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens to pursue opportunities abroad.

Please contact Sarah Evans,, if you have questions.

For more information about the Gilman Scholarship, visit:

Fall 2015 Financial Aid Newsletter

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

The Fall 2015-16 issue of NEWS: Financial Aid for Gators is available for download now.

NEWS is a publication produced once a semester to keep you informed of important developments in financial aid.

Featured in this issue are:

  • Creating an FSA ID
  • Florida Bright Futures Renewal Requirements
  • Understanding How to Repay your Student Loans
  • Staying Eligible for Financial Aid
  • Direct Deposit
  • Checking the Status of Your Financial Aid
  • Proof of Health Insurance Requirement
  • and more

Fall 2015 Reminders

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Fall Rush

Fall Rush officially begins Monday, August 17 and continues through Friday, September 4.

SFA encourages all local students to visit our office in S-107 Criser in person during Rush, as all advisers will be in the lobby assisting students during office hours. Please allow up to two business days for advisers to return voice mails, due to the increased workload.

During Rush, SFA will continue our usual office hours, 8 AM to 5 PM.

Status of Your Financial Aid

Students who have applied for financial aid can access information about the status of their aid online using ISIS. Under “My Online Services,” under “Financial Aid,” students can select “Aid Status,” “Awards and Disbursements,” or Additional Aid Reporting.” For more information, see SFA’s Check Your Aid Status page.

Students’ aid status is of critical importance at the beginning of term—any hold could delay disbursement of financial aid funds.

Verification: If you are notified that SFA requires the completion of any verification forms, it is critical that you respond immediately to these requests. Make sure all documents have the necessary signatures. If you have been selected for verification, no aid will be disbursed until verification has been completed. Remember, the amount of aid awarded to you by SFA could change as a result of the information found during verification. More verification info.

Loans: Federal Direct Loan borrowers must “accept” each term’s award on ISIS before their funds can be released. Under “Financial Aid” for the appropriate academic year, choose “Awards & Disbursements.” Complete this requirement as soon as possible to ensure that your funds are disbursed at the beginning of the appropriate term. Students may also reduce or cancel Direct Stafford Loans on ISIS. If you are sure you don’t want to receive a loan, please cancel it. Students can learn more about the Direct Loan program at

Employment: If Employment is part of your award package, you have the opportunity to exchange a service (work) for financial assistance. In order to receive this aid, you must find a job. All on-campus jobs are posted through GatorJobs, while off-campus jobs are posted with the Career Resource Center.  More Employment Info.

Sign up for direct deposit

UF now requires that all students receiving financial aid sign up for direct deposit.

To sign up, go online to and select “Access myUFL” to login. On the top toolbar, select “Main Menu.” Choose “My Campus Finances,” then “Direct Deposit–Student or PLUS.”

Direct Deposit is the quickest and safest way to receive your financial aid refunds.

Please direct any questions about direct deposit to the University Bursar (UB) at (352) 392-0737.


If you have any questions about your financial aid, please visit our office in S-107 Criser.