Financial Aid Timeline

Use this timeline as your guide throughout the annual financial aid process. Take the time to note events as they occur so that you have a record of when you complete them. Also, look ahead to plan for upcoming events.

Benchmark Who Event
year in high school
Incoming freshmen Begin scholarship search process by collecting information on scholarships, their deadlines and application processes.
Mid-August Incoming students Admission application to UC for upcoming year available.
October 1 All new and returning students FAFSA will now become available each October 1; see further information about the tax information requested. Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after this date each year. 
December 1 Incoming freshmen Admission application, transcript, and test scores must be received for Cincinnatus Scholarship Program (as well as most other freshman scholarships) consideration.
December 1 All new and returning students Complete annual FAFSA by this date for priority consideration for limited funding sources.
Mid-February All new and returning students Initial Financial Aid Award Offers sent to students with complete records. Award Offers are sent continually as FAFSA data is received and students provide supplemental information, if requested. Use Check My Aid to monitor your aid status.
When accepting
All new and returning students Estimate your bill to understand amount needed to cover your expenses and plan for any out-of-pocket expenses.

Review supplementary aid information specific to the aid year.
accepting aid 
New UC loan borrowers complete loan counseling and promissory note(s).
Mid-March All enrolled students Summer registration begins.
Early April All enrolled students Summer bills will begin being produced for students who are registered.
Mid-April All enrolled students Fall registration (for returning students) begins.
April 30 New transfer students Admission application deadline for scholarship consideration
Early June
Returning students Evaluation of eligibility for aid based on academic progress.

Evaluation of renewability of Cincinnatus and other renewable scholarship awards.
June Incoming freshmen Orientation including fall registration.
July 1 All new and returning students FAFSA and aid-related Tasks in Catalyst should be submitted by this date to ensure completion of the full process in time for fall bill payment due date. Students may continue to apply and completed Tasks after this date though aid may not be processed by the time fall payment is due.
Mid-July All enrolled students Fall bills will begin being produced for students who are registered.
All new and returning students Postings of jobs for Federal Work-Study awardees available.
Late August All enrolled students Fall semester classes begin.
October 1 All new and returning students Begin timeline again (see October 1) for next year's aid.
All enrolled students
Spring semester registration begins.
Early December All enrolled students Spring bills will begin being produced for students who are registered.
December 25 - January 1 All students Student Financial Aid, One Stop, and all university offices closed the final week of December for winter holiday season; web services remain available.
Early January All enrolled students Spring semester classes begin.
Early February
All enrolled students Students attending summer classes should contact One Stop regarding summer aid eligibility.
Early May
All enrolled students Cincinnatus community service hours due for renewal of scholarship awards.

Summer semester classes begin.

Any time a student exits the university for more than just the summer (even if they plan to re-enroll later), exit counseling is required of student loan borrowers.

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Key to being timely is to complete your FAFSA each year as soon after October 1 as possible.

Because some aid programs are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, an early application received by December 1 gets priority consideration for limited funding sources.