Financial Aid Tips
A Rewarding Investment
A college education is one of the most important investments you will ever make; it's both an investment in yourself and your future. You are sure to find that college will be one of the most personally rewarding and demanding challenges you will ever take on, and like most students and parents, you have some concerns about paying for your education.
We believe that, regardless of your income, you have the potential to afford the quality education that the University of Cincinnati provides. We are committed to making your college education as affordable as we can. In fact, nearly all students are eligible for some form of financial assistance.
FAFSA: The Only Form Needed
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. Students should review scholarship information to determine if any additional scholarship applications are needed.
The application cycle begins each January 1 for the upcoming school year.
- The FAFSA application is easily completed online. This easy, quick, and secure method checks your application for errors and omissions and can save time in the overall process.
- Students wishing to use a paper FAFSA will need to call 1-800-4FED-AID to request a paper version be mailed to them.
Eligibility For Financial Aid
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.
If you have been chosen for verification please follow these steps to simplify the process.
- Check your Catalyst To Do List, Financial Aid Portal, and UC email account often to know what documentation to submit.
- Complete all requested forms fully. All items must have a response, even if it is a "0" or “N/A”.
- File your FAFSA as early as possible and send all required documents together to expedite processing.
- Include the student’s UCID number on all documents.
- The FAFSA becomes available October 1 of the year prior to the start of the academic year.
- Ex: The 2022-2023 FAFSA will be available October 1, 2021.
- You and your parent(s) should use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. The IRS Data Retrieval tool uploads your IRS tax information directly into your FAFSA application.
- Verification for continuing students must be completed before financial aid can be awarded or disbursed.