Nearly all students are eligible for some form of financial assistance. In fact, over 90% of the students who applied for financial aid in recent years received an award offer. Every effort is made to assist you and your family obtain the resources necessary to meet the difference between the total cost of attending the University of Cincinnati and your ability to contribute toward your education.
Complete the FAFSA
The only financial aid application needed at the University of Cincinnati is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This single application is used for grants, work-study and loans at the federal, state and institutional level.
Because some aid programs are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, apply as soon after October 1 of each year as possible for priority consideration for limited funding sources.
The online FAFSA provides an easy, quick and secure method that checks your application for errors and omissions. By listing UC (Title IV Code: 003125) as one of your school choices, we will receive your information electronically for award processing.
Students (and, when required, parents) can sign their FAFSA electronically using their FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID). Each student aid applicant should register for an FSA ID as should at least one parent of dependent students. The FSA ID will also be used by borrowers in the student and parent loan processes.
Students classified as dependent students for financial aid purposes will need to complete the FAFSA with their information as well as information about the parent(s). At least one parent will therefore need to be involved when completing the online FAFSA so as to provide required information and an electronic signature.
For electronic signatures, at least one parent should register for an FSA ID though both parents can.
To aid parents who have multiple students in school, the online FAFSA allows the parent to transfer their information to another application if they are completing multiple student FAFSAs at the same time. As well, the parent can use their same personal FSA ID when completing online paperwork for multiple students.
The U.S. Department of Education has worked with the Internal Revenue Service so that students and parents can transfer their tax information from the IRS to the FAFSA. The IRS Data Retrieval process is a good way to ensure your application information is complete and accurate.
- You are not required to use the IRS Data Retrieval, though it is highly encouraged.
- Using IRS Data Retrieval can limit information you have to supply the financial aid office if you are selected for verification.
- With the FAFSA now looking at tax information from two years ago, most students can take advantage of the IRS Data Retrieval.
- Students selected for verification by the Department of Education will need to correct their FAFSA by using the IRS Data Retrieval process or will need to supply tax transcripts to UC to verify their income information.