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. A completed file means all required documents 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 accurately completed documents; therefore, all accurately completed documents must be submitted to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office at least four weeks before the dates listed.    

● Fall: August 1st    ● Spring: December 1st     ● Summer: April 1st

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. 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.

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, Requirements, Select Aid Year 2014 – 2015.

Step 3: ACCEPT YOUR FINANCIAL AID AWARD

  • Accept your 2014 – 2015 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, Award, Select Aid Year 2014 – 2015.

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 2014 - 2015, 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. 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 Financial Aid Information

  • You may use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing your 2014 - 2015 FAFSA. If you and/or your parent successfully use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you will not need to submit a copy of a 2013 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 2013 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 2013 IRS Tax Return Transcript. Tax filers can download their IRS Tax Return Transcript directly from the IRS website at www.irs.gov.

  • You are responsible for your tuition and fee charges regardless of financial aid eligibility. If you do not pay the tuition owed, you will receive a late fee, your classes may be dropped, and you will not be able to register for future semesters. If you add/drop classes after your financial aid has been disbursed, you may owe money back or have additional tuition charges. Late fees are assessed every Wednesday night after the semester begins, so pay or get on a Tuition Payment Plan before Wednesday nights to avoid being assessed a late fee.

  • Classes will be dropped for nonpayment if your tuition and fees are not paid by the tuition deadline. Financial aid will not disburse before the tuition deadline. If you are receiving financial aid and have completed all financial aid requirements, your classes will not be dropped. Documents submitted that are pending or incomplete are not considered completed. You can confirm your classes will not be dropped by checking your financial aid status in UVLink. If your tuition and fees are not completely covered by your disbursed financial aid, you must pay the remaining balance or you will receive a late fee.

  • 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.

  • Additional important financial aid information can be found on the Data Form in your UVLink account.
  • All students are strongly encouraged to receive their excess financial aid funds through e-Refund (direct deposit). You can set up e-Refund through UVLink under the student tab.
    See the Cashier's Office for important 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

 

UVU provides financial assistance to all eligible students regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. If you need language assistance or accommodation, please inform us when you first contact our office.