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.

Students interested in being considered for state aid as part of the RISE Act can learn more about the Alternative Application here.

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.

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 Circumstance form.

COVID-19 Loss of Income

Dependent and independent undergraduate students may submit a Special Circumstance Form if they have completed the 2020-2021 FAFSA and their family income has been negatively impacted due to COVID-19. The income reduction should reflect at least a 20% gross decrease from 2018 total income reported on the FAFSA and be at least $2,000. If the loss of income is due to involuntary unemployment, we will not be able to review a student’s situation until ten weeks after the separation date.  We will use this form along with the supporting documentation provided by the family to re-evaluate a student’s need-based aid eligibility. Requests are reviewed on a case by case basis and your submission of the form does not guarantee we will be able to award additional funding.