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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.

Parental Information

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.

Tax Information

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.
Filing for the FAFSA for 2016-17 uses your last year's tax form. But beginning with the 2017-18 FAFSA, it will switch to the prior prior year. The FAFSA also will be available 3 months sooner for completion at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

FAFSA  Year For UC Terms Available Beginning1 Using Taxes From
2015-16 Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Summer 2016 January 1, 2015 2014
2016-17 Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Summer 2017 January 1, 2016 2015
FAFSA availability start date and tax year switch
2017-18 Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018 October 1, 2016 20152
2018-19 Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019 October 1, 2017 2016
  1. Completing the FAFSA as soon after this date each year allows UC to consider the student for maximum aid funds based on eligibility.
  2. Even with the 2017-18 FAFSA using the same 2015 tax year as the previous year's FAFSA, continuing students need to re-apply using the appropriate FAFSA each year.

EFC & Student Aid Report

The federal processor analyzes your FAFSA information to determine an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Based on a federally mandated, uniform system, the EFC is used directly to determine eligibility for some aid programs and used in calculations to award other programs.

The results of your FAFSA are reported to you in the form of a Student Aid Report (SAR). Review your SAR carefully. Make corrections to any information that is incorrect.

Award Processing

Once you receive your student aid report and if you have been offered admisison, you can review your status online using the Check My Aid link.

Check My Aid for the upcoming academic year is generally available and initial Award Offers are made beginning mid-January for students who have filed a FAFSA.

  • You may be asked to supply additional information.
    • UC will detail if additional or supplementary information is needed and send you email notifications as well.
    • An estimation of aid eligibility will be displayed that cannot be acted on until the requested information is provided to UC and processed by us.
    • Please act on requests for information as quickly as possible.
  • If no additional information is needed, your financial aid award will be displayed for your review and acceptance.
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Complete your FAFSA anytime after October 1 of each year beginning with the 2017-18 academic year.

Students filing a FAFSA by December 1 will receive priority consideration for limited funding sources.


While you should not wait until you are admitted to apply for aid, incoming freshman, transfer and graduate students must be offered admission to the university before a financial aid award offer can be extended, and admission applications are the basis for UC scholarship review.

FAFSA Step-by-Step Video

Watch a video of the 7 easy steps to completing the FAFSA. Each tab reviews the information you will provide to complete that section of the FAFSA.

You can also watch a video taking you step-by-step through the IRS data retrieval process to complete or update your FAFSA

SPECIAL POPULATION:  The UC College of Medicine admits students to undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as to the professional M.D. program. Only M.D. students in the UC College of Medicine are awarded aid via the College of Medicine Office of Financial Services rather than the UC Student Financial Aid Office.