How to Apply

To be considered for most forms of financial aid awarded by our office, you need to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The University of Illinois Federal School Code is 001775.

The Financial Aid Application Process is Earlier, Simpler and More Accurate!

We encourage all students to apply for financial aid each year. Since financial aid funding is limited, it's important to file your FAFSA as early as you can. Applicants are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to populate the FAFSA income and tax questions. Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool makes the application process faster and more accurate!

If you're applying for financial aid for Fall 2018, Spring 2019, or Summer 2019, complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA.

The FAFSA may be completed beginning October 1, 2017, and must be submitted prior to your last date of attendance or June 15, 2019, whichever is earlier. You will use 2016 income and tax information to complete your 2018-2019 FAFSA. Apply early! Although our preferential filing date is March 15, 2018, you are encouraged to submit your FAFSA by November 30, 2017, in order to be fully considered for federal, state and institutional financial aid programs.

Students who are planning to attend Summer 2019 must also complete an OSFA summer financial aid application. This will be available in mid-April 2019.

If you're applying for financial aid for Fall 2017, Spring 2018, or Summer 2018, complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA.

The FAFSA may be completed beginning October 1, 2016, and must be submitted prior to your last date of attendance or June 15, 2018, whichever is earlier. You will use 2015 income and tax information to complete your 2017-2018 FAFSA. Our preferential filing date was March 15, 2017; you are encouraged to submit your FAFSA as soon as possible to be considered for federal, state and institutional financial aid programs.

Students who are planning to attend Summer 2018 must also complete an OSFA summer financial aid application. This will be available in mid-April 2018.

Other FAFSA Application Information

Students and parents also need to create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID to electronically sign federal student aid documents, including the FAFSA. To create your FSA ID, please visit Federal Student Aid's website

Additional information on how to complete the FAFSA is available through the 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA: A Student's Guide to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid tutorial.

Scholarship Application Information

Academic awards and scholarships are primarily awarded by the college or department in which the student is enrolled. Search for a scholarship will help you identify scholarships. Students are also encouraged to complete the Undergraduate Scholarship Supplement Form. This form collects supplemental information that's used in the selection of recipients for restricted scholarship funds.

Making a Change

If your financial situation has changed significantly from the information provided on the FAFSA, submit our Special Circumstances form. We may be able to reassess your family's eligibility in the event of a loss of job or income, divorce, death in the family, or other special circumstance.

Note that we only reevaluate financial aid eligibility under serious circumstances; we do not negotiate financial aid or match offers from other colleges.