How to Apply

To ensure your financial aid funds are available to you on the first day of each semester, you must have a completed financial aid file by the following dates.  Fall:  August 1st, Spring:  December 1st, Summer:  April 1st. A completed file means all required documents (as shown in your UVLink account) have been accurately completed and submitted to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, and have been reviewed and satisfied by our office. Documents submitted that are pending or incomplete are not considered completed. In addition, all eligibility requirements must be met. It may take at least four weeks to process accurate documents; therefore, all accurate documents should be submitted to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office at least four weeks before the dates listed above.

Additional requirements may be added at any time (even after you have submitted all of your documentation and even if you have been told everything is okay). You are responsible to check your financial aid requirements on a regular basis and take care of any necessary items that may arise. UVU evaluates Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at the end of each semester after grades are officially posted. If you fail to meet the SAP standards, SAP requirements will not show on your UVLink account until after SAP is evaluated at the end of each semester. Your financial aid funds for the following semester will not be available to you until your SAP standing is either appealed (and approved) or resolved. 

For the 2014 - 2015 financial aid year, students must have a valid FAFSA by the last day of the term for which they are enrolled or June 30, 2015, whichever is sooner. For the 2015 - 2016 financial aid year, students must have a valid FAFSA by the last day of the term for which they are enrolled or June 30, 2016, whichever is sooner. As long as a student has met these conditions, he or she may submit verification documents no later than 100 days after the last day of enrollment or two weeks before the end of Summer semester, whichever is sooner.  Students who fail to submit their verification documents by the appropriate dates forfeit receiving Title IV aid as well as any other State or Institutional aid that requires FAFSA information.  A student may only be awarded retroactively for terms during which he or she met and maintained Satisfactory Academic Progress standards and met all other eligibility requirements. 


Step 1: BE ADMITTED TO UVU AND COMPLETE YOUR FAFSA

  • Be admitted to UVU into an eligible certificate or degree-seeking program. Provide proof of high school completion or equivalent.

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. For the 1415 academic aid year (Fall 14, Spring 15, Summer 15), you will need to use 2013 federal tax return information. For the 1516 academic aid year (Fall 15, Spring 16, Summer 16), you will need to use 2014 federal tax return information. UVU's school code is 004027. Please allow 3-5 business days for UVU to receive your FAFSA and for your UVLink requirements to be updated.

  • For video tutorials on how to complete your FAFSA application, please view the Seven Easy Steps to the FAFSA: A Student's Guide to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Step 2: COMPLETE ALL FINANCIAL AID REQUIREMENTS

  • Check your financial aid requirements often as additional requirements may be added at any time, even after your aid has disbursed.

  • Complete any necessary unsatisfied requirements listed in your UVLink account at uvlink.uvu.edu. Log in to UVLink: click on Student Tab, Financial Aid folder under Banner Services, Requirements, Select Select Aid Year 2014 – 2015(for the 1415 academic year) or2015 – 2016 (for the 1516 academic year).

Step 3: ACCEPT YOUR FINANCIAL AID AWARD

  • Accept your Terms and Conditions and award through your UVLink account. Only grants are automatically accepted. You must accept all other financial aid awards (e.g. loans, work study) if you wish to receive them. Log in to UVLink: click on Student Tab, Financial Aid folder under Banner Services, Award folder, Award link, Select Aid Year 2014 – 2015 (for the 1415 academic year) or 2015 – 2016 (for the 1516 academic year). 

Step 4: IF YOU ARE ACCEPTING A LOAN COMPLETE ENTRANCE LOAN COUNSELING AND E-SIGN YOUR MPN

  • All students receiving a Stafford loan for the first time at UVU must complete entrance loan counseling at www.studentloans.gov. Note: All students will receive a loan counseling requirement under their UVLink account. This requirement will not appear on your UVLink account until the loan has been awarded. Only students accepting a loan will need to complete loan counseling.

  • E-sign your master promissory note (MPN) at www.studentloans.gov 3-5 business days after you accept your loan(s). You must be enrolled in at least 6 eligible credit hours if an undergraduate or 4.5 eligible credit hours if a graduate (waitlist hours, audited courses, and some repeated courses are not enrollment hours) and have met all other financial aid requirements to receive a loan.

Step 5: CHECK YOUR FINANCIAL AID STATUS OFTEN

  • We communicate to students through UVLink and UVLink email. Financial aid rules change often and could impact your requirements and awards that you may have already received. If requested, you must provide documentation that will verify the accuracy of the information on your FAFSA. Your financial aid will not be processed until we have received all necessary documents and resolved any requirements (that could be added at any time).

Helpful Tips

In order to process your financial aid application for the 1415 academic year, you must have a valid FAFSA and must meet all eligibility requirements by the last day of the semester for which you are enrolled or June 30, 2015, whichever is sooner. In order to process your financial aid application for the 1516 academic year, you must have a valid FAFSA and must meet all eligibility requirements by the last day of the semester for which you are enrolled or June 30, 2016, whichever is sooner. Files will not be processed beyond these dates. Students may only be awarded retroactively in the aid year for semesters during which they met and maintained Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.

Clearly label all pages of all forms or documents with your name and UV ID. All forms or documents must be signed. Failure to sign and label all paperwork with your name and UV ID will delay your financial aid.

Important Information

IRS Data Retrieval Tool

You may use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing your FAFSA. If you and/or your parent successfully use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you will not need to submit a copy of your IRS Tax Return Transcript. If you are selected for verification and have not successfully used the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you will be required to submit a copy of your prior year's IRS Tax Return Transcript. A 1040 is not a tax return transcript. If applicable, your spouse or parent(s) will be required to submit a copy of their prior year's IRS Tax Return Transcript. Tax filers can download their IRS Tax Return Transcript directly from the IRS website at www.irs.gov.

Visit our IRS Data Retrieval Tool page for more information.

Tuition/Fees Payment Deadline

You are responsible for your tuition and fee charges regardless of financial aid eligibility. The Tuition/Fees Payment Deadline is notated on the Student Timetable. If you have registered for classes, and have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to Utah Valley University or have been awarded a scholarship, your classes will not be dropped for non-payment. 

If you have registered for classes at Utah Valley University, and your classes will not be dropped for nonpayment, if you decide not to attend, you must drop your classes by completing a Leave of Absence (www.uvu.edu/admissions/returning/loa) by the appropriate ‘Last Day to Drop and Not Show on Transcript’ date (100% refund deadline) listed on the Student Timetable. If you do not drop your classes by the appropriate ‘Last Day to Drop and Not Show on Transcript’ date listed on the Student Timetable, you will be responsible for paying all tuition and fees associated with the classes you registered for, even if you do not attend the classes.

Your classes will not be dropped automatically for you.

If you do not drop your classes, and do not attend your classes but receive financial aid or a scholarship, in addition to owing the tuition and fees associated with your classes, you must also repay (to the Cashiers Office at Utah Valley University) any refund(s) received.  If you do drop your classes and receive financial aid or a scholarship, you must repay (to the Cashiers Office at Utah Valley University) any refund(s) received. Please visit our withdrawal page for more information about adding and dropping classes if you have financial aid.

Tuition Late Fee Deadline

If you do not have a completed financial aid file, have outstanding financial aid requirements in UVLink by the Tuition Late Fee Deadline as notated on the Student Timetable, or if you do not qualify for financial aid, you must pay your tuition and fees or (if you qualify) enroll in the Tuition Payment Plan by the Tuition Late Fee Deadline; otherwise you will receive a late fee of 20% of any unpaid account balance for the term, not to exceed $200. If you do have a completed file with no outstanding financial aid requirements in UVLink by the Tuition Late Fee Deadline, but if your tuition is not completely covered by your disbursed financial aid, or if you incur additional expenses after your excess financial aid has been refunded to you (i.e. adding a class, financial aid taken back), you must pay the remaining balance or (if you qualify) enroll in the Tuition Payment Plan by the Tuition Late Fee Deadline, or you will receive a late fee. Late fees are assessed at 11:59 pm Mountain Time on all unpaid account balances every Wednesday after the semester begins. To avoid being assessed a late fee, pay your balance or (if you qualify) enroll in the Tuition Payment Plan under Financing and Paying for Your Education on the UVLink Student tab before 11:59 pm Mountain Time on Wednesdays.

Basic Withdrawal Information

  • When you receive financial aid and withdraw from any class, you must prove that you began attending the class from which you have withdrawn or you must immediately repay the financial aid. An instructor's signature on the Documentation of Attendance Form will be considered proof that you began attending a class. Also, if at this time you are now attending less than half time, an adjustment will be made to your cost of attendance. This adjustment may result in you owing previously disbursed aid back to UVU.

  • When you drop a class after you receive your financial aid, be prepared to repay a portion or all of your financial aid. Also, if at this time you have withdrawn from classes and you are now attending less than half time, an adjustment will be made to your cost of attendance. This adjustment will result in you returning funds to UVU that you have already received.

  • For financial aid purposes, the final day to drop a class(es) (including second block classes) is the second week of the applicable semester. If you drop a class after you receive your financial aid, be prepared to repay a portion or all of your financial aid. Also, if at this time you have withdrawn from classes and you are now attending less than half time, an adjustment will be made to your cost of attendance. This adjustment may result in you owing previously disbursed aid back to UVU.

  • If you are registered for classes at UVU and you decide not to attend, you must drop your classes. If you do not drop your classes and you receive financial aid, you must return the funds immediately.

  • Visit our Withdrawal Information and Return of Title IV Funds page for more information.

Important Financial Aid Application Websites and Phone Numbers

FASFA Website                                       www.fafsa.gov
Federal Financial Aid Info www.studentaid.gov
Selective Service www.sss.gov 
IRS Website www.irs.gov
Loan Counseling https://studentloans.gov
Direct Loan MPN https://studentloans.gov
National Student Loan Data www.nslds.ed.gov
Direct Loan Information https://studentloans.gov
UHEAA www.uheaa.org
FedLoan Servicing www.myfedloan.org
Great Lakes www.mygreatlakes.org
Nelnet www.nelnet.com
Navient www.navient.com
FAFSA Processor 1-800-433-3243
Direct Loan Servicing Center 1-800-848-0979
Direct Loan MPN Technical Help 1-800-557-7394
Social Security Office 1-800-772-1213
UHEAA 1-877-336-7378
IRS 1-800-829-1040