Fall 2020 Financial Aid Disbursement and Refund Information

Important information about the fall 2020 financial aid, scholarship, and billing processes.

  • Beginning Sunday, August 16, scholarships, grants, tuition waivers, and loans will be credited to your University Student Account. On Monday, August 17, please check UI-Integrate Self-Service to see your university charges along with any aid that has been credited to your account.
  • Student fees may be adjusted due to a modified fee schedule or a change in your course schedule from in-person to online courses. If your fees are reduced, a reduction of your aid is also possible and could result in you owing a portion of your financial aid back to the University. Our office will notify you if adjustments are made to your financial aid.
  • All changes to your financial aid are reflected on your Financial Aid Notification that is available in self-service. You will receive an email notification if a change occurs. Please read all email communications from OSFA and the University Bursar.
  • Any excess financial aid remaining after your balance is paid will generate a refund. Refunds from the initial financial aid disbursement run should be available by Friday, August 21. You must be enrolled in Direct Deposit to receive your refund. Once enrolled, this information does not need to be updated unless your banking information has changed. You should be prepared to purchase your textbooks and cover your first month’s living expenses on your own. A refund should be budgeted to last the entire semester.
  • Your cost of attendance and financial aid awards were calculated assuming you will register for at least 12 hours of on-campus courses (8 hours for on-line/off-campus graduate programs) each semester. If you enroll for fewer hours, your cost of attendance and financial aid awards will be reduced. If you do not register for at least 12 hours (8 hours on-line/off-campus graduate), please use the “Request Changes” option on your Financial Aid Notification in UI-Integrate Self-Service to notify OSFA of the number of hours you are registered for. If you don’t notify OSFA, you may receive financial aid funds that you are not eligible to receive and will be required to repay them to the university. Additional information can be found in the terms and conditions.
  • As of midnight on the 10th day of the semester (September 4 for fall 2020), recipients of the Federal Pell Grant must be registered for 12 hours or the awards will be prorated. Federal Direct Loan funds require students to be registered for at least 6 hours at the time of disbursement.
  • After the start of classes, if you move from campus based to online instruction this could have impacts on your financial aid. Please communicate with our office when making these schedule changes so we can make the appropriate adjustments.
  • You will be notified September 8 to view your fall 2020 bill in UI-Integrate Self-Service. Your payment is due September 28. A monthly installment Payment Plan is available. Contact University Bursar at Bursarhelp@uillinois.edu or 217-333-2180 with questions regarding your Student Account balance, third party payments, College Illinois, or 529 plans.
  • If you have not received your 2020-2021 Financial Aid Notification, please review your outstanding financial aid requirements in UI-Integrate Self-Service. If you have received your Financial Aid Notification, but your financial aid did not credit to your student account, make sure you are registered, have accepted aid offered to you, and have completed all outstanding requirements listed on your Financial Aid Notification.
  • If you received an outside scholarship check, print and complete the Private Outside Scholarship Form and mail it along with your check to the address on the form or bring it to OSFA.
  • Graduate students receiving assistantships, fellowships, or waivers must have their awards entered into the system by their department before they can be applied towards the university charges.
  • To remain eligible for financial aid, you must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Review the SAP Policy before dropping or adding credit hours to your schedule.
  • Please note that our hours have temporarily changed due to COVID-19. Current customer service hours and information is available on the OSFA website at www.osfa.illinois.edu.