How to Apply for Aid

This section lays out the application process in a simple, clear, and easy to understand timeline. At the University of Florida, the cornerstone of your financial aid application is your http://www.fafsa.ed.govhttp://www.fafsa.ed.govFAFSA. SFA encourages students to complete their FAFSA online or via the MyStudentAid app.

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

To apply for 2020-21 aid, you can file a FAFSA as early as October 1, 2019 at The FAFSA opens on October 1 of each year.

To apply for 2021-22 aid, you can file a FAFSA as early as October 1, 2020 at The FAFSA opens on October 1 of each year.

In order for us to consider you for a financial aid package, you must be a degree-seeking, admitted student.

Step 1: Complete the 2020-21 FAFSA as early as possible

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 2020-21 FAFSA as early as October 1, 2019. The FAFSA opens on October 1 of each year.

You can file a 2021-22 FAFSA as early as October 1, 2020. The FAFSA opens on October 1 of each year.

*In order for us to consider you for a financial aid package, you must be a degree-seeking, admitted student.

  • Create an FSA ID at the Federal Student Aid’s 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 http://www.fafsa.ed.govhttp://www.fafsa.ed.govFAFSA 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.

Get free assistance and answers to your FAFSA questions at or 1-800-433-3243.

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. students should refer to their academic unit or our 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 http://fafsa.ed.govFAFSA 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


The Financial Aid Offer and the Shopping Sheet

Your award notification comes in two forms—the Financial Aid Offer and the Shopping Sheet.

The Financial Aid Offer contains important information about your financial aid, including specific information about your obligations when you receive aid. It provides the names of your expected financial aid along with their expected amounts, itemized by semester. You will learn how to accept this offer, how to report additional outside resources, and important facts about how you will receive your financial aid.

The College Financing Plan 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 Financial Aid Offer, but describes the same financial aid. 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 send you a financial aid offer based on your demonstrated need.

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