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 Now 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.

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 FAFSA. Apply early! Although our preferential filing date is March 15, 2017, you are encouraged to submit your FAFSA as soon as possible to ensure maximum consideration for all federal, state and institutional 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.

The 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 financial aid application processes use income and tax information from 2015.

If a student has applied for both years and one or more of the income or tax amounts entered in the 2017-2018 FAFSA are different than the amounts entered in the 2016-2017 FAFSA, edits may appear during the application process and could result in a situation where conflicting information is found and needs to be addressed. This includes the possibility of needing to make changes to the awards previously offered on the 2016-2017 financial aid award letter.

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.

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.