Office of Student Financial Aid

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IN-STATE STUDENTS | $67,100 & UNDER FAMILY INCOME | EFFECTIVE FALL 2019

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Undergraduate students may submit a Special Circumstance Form if their family income has been negatively impacted due to COVID-19.

Undergraduate students may submit a Special Circumstance Form
if their family income has been negatively impacted due to COVID-19.

Undergraduate students may submit a Special Circumstance Form
if their family income has been negatively impacted due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Loss of Income
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Welcome to the Office of Student Financial Aid

Our goal is to assist you and your family in securing the resources necessary to fund your education. Last year, over $961 million in financial aid funds were administered and 69% of students received financial aid.

Winter Financial Aid Application Now Available

The application for the winter 2022 – 2023 term is now available. The deadline to complete the winter financial aid application is January 12, 2023.

To apply for financial aid for the winter 2022-2023 term, you must have submitted a 2022-2023 FAFSA and be registered for both a winter 2022-2023 term course and the spring 2023 term. (Please note, if you are completing your undergraduate degree requirements at the end of fall 2022, you will not be eligible for financial aid for winter 2022-2023). If you are receiving a waiver for winter, anticipate it being applied to your account in the winter semester. If you are applying for a loan for winter, you should anticipate its disbursement when spring aid is applied. 

For the winter term, the primary source of aid is in the form of loans, such as any remaining Federal Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized loans, Parent/Graduate PLUS loans, or private loans.

Apply Now for 2023-2024 Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Aid encourages all students to apply for financial aid. The 2023-2024 FAFSA is now available online at https://FAFSA.gov

Students must be admitted to the University of Illinois before financial aid processing begins. 

Submit Your FAFSA

Federal School Code: 001775

To ensure full consideration for aid, apply online by our preferential filing date of January 6.

Apply Now for 2022-2023 Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Aid encourages all students to apply for financial aid. The 2022-2023 FAFSA is now available online at https://FAFSA.gov

Students must be admitted to the University of Illinois before financial aid processing begins. 

Submit Your FAFSA

Federal School Code: 001775

To ensure full consideration for aid, apply online by our preferential filing date of January 6.

Student Debt Relief

On October 17, 2022, President Biden announced that the Department of Education’s (ED) application for student loan cancellation is open and ready for eligible borrowers to fill out.

Qualifying students and graduates may receive up to $10,000 in loan forgiveness or up to $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients.  Students can check their student aid history, including loan balances and Pell Grant recipient status by logging in to their federal student aid account on studentaid.gov

Additional information about qualifying and the application can be found at:  https://studentaid.gov/debt-relief/application. Please note that applications cannot be submitted through the University of Illinois. You must apply at https://studentaid.gov/debt-relief/application by December 31, 2023.

Scam Alert: Please be aware that student loan forgiveness scams are on the rise. If you get an email, letter or call about student loan debt forgiveness, pause before providing any personal information. Federal programs do not require payment for loan forgiveness. If completing the application, be certain that you are on the secure studentaid.gov website.

The pause in student loan repayment and interest that began in March 2020 has been extended one last time to December 31, 2022.  If you would like to be notified by the U.S. Department of Education when additional information is available, please sign up at the Department of Education subscription page.

2023-2024 Children of Veterans (COV) Tuition Waiver

The application for the 2023-2024 COV Tuition Waiver is now available.  The COV award is a four-year tuition waiver at the University of Illinois awarded to natural or legally adopted children of service members. Please see the application form for eligibility requirements and additional details. Students will be notified by March 10, 2023, if they have been selected to receive the waiver. The application deadline for conflicts not awarded closes on October 1, 2023.

The application for the 2022-2023 COV Tuition waiver is closed.

Private Outside Scholarships

Please mail all private outside scholarship checks to OSFA and be sure to include a Private Outside Scholarship Form. All scholarship checks should be made payable to the University of Illinois and include your full name and University Identification Number (UIN).

Check Your Status

View your current financial aid status, including any new awards.

Check Your Status

Estimate Your Aid

Use our Net Price Calculator to estimate the amount of financial aid you’ll receive.

Estimate Your Aid

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Search the Virtual Job Board to find a job on campus.

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