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 2020, Spring 2021, or Summer 2021, complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA.

The FAFSA may be completed beginning October 1, 2019, and must be submitted prior to your last date of attendance or June 15, 2021, whichever is earlier. You will use 2018 income and tax information to complete your 2020-2021 FAFSA. Our preferential filing date is March 15, 2020; however, you are encouraged to submit your FAFSA no later than January 5, 2020 to be considered for all federal, state and institutional financial aid programs.

Students who are planning to attend Summer 2021 must also complete an OSFA summer financial aid application. The application will be available on our OSFA homepage.

For the 2020-2021 school year, college students have the option to file from their phones through the FAFSA app. You can download the new myStudentAid app for iOS and Android.

If you’re applying for financial aid for Fall 2019, Spring 2020, or Summer 2020, complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA.

The FAFSA may be completed beginning October 1, 2018, and must be submitted prior to your last date of attendance or June 15, 2020, whichever is earlier. You will use 2017 income and tax information to complete your 2019-2020 FAFSA. Our preferential filing date was March 15, 2019; 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 2020 must also complete an OSFA summer financial aid application. The application will be available on our OSFA homepage.

For the 2019-2020 school year, college students now have the option to file from their phones for the first time through the FAFSA app. You can download the new myStudentAid app for iOS and Android.

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 2020-21 FAFSA, submit our Special Circumstances form, which will become available spring 2020.

If your financial situation has changed significantly from the information provided on the 2019-20 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.