For an undergraduate, applying for financial aid at the university of Florida begins with the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. File your FAFSA as soon as possible after, but not before, January 1.
SFA encourages students to apply online using FAFSA on the Web. Applying online saves time, and it also offers instant editing of your application, which helps to prevent errors.
In order to file a FAFSA online, you’ll also need to apply for a PIN (personal identification number) using StudentLoans.gov. The federal PIN allows you to access your online FAFSA, sign your FAFSA electronically, or make corrections to your FAFSA.
Although you must be accepted for enrollment at UF before you receive financial aid, you should apply for aid before being admitted.
Make sure you have filed your FAFSA by the end of February. After your FAFSA is complete, the feds need time to process your application and transmit the information back to UF. UF’s “On-Time” application deadline for financial aid is March 15. Students whose applications are not complete by March 15 will not be eligible for the most, or best aid available. Financial aid is awarded first-come, first-served.
Do I Qualify?
Students who complete a FAFSA and list UF as a “college of choice” are automatically considered for all aid programs administered by SFA. One or more of the various types of aid (scholarships, grants, loans, and employment) are usually offered, alone or in combination, to eligible students.