FALL 2018 APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2018
The University of Virginia meets 100% of a student's demonstrated financial need. For more information about our financial aid program, see http://financialaid.virginia.edu.
Eligible students who want to apply for all types of need-based state and institutional financial aid for the 2018-2019 academic year must complete and submit the 2018-2019 CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (Profile) and 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, 2018. This deadline impacts financial aid eligibility for the entire academic year, including January Term and Summer Session. In addition, students who want a preliminary financial aid award before the May 1 admission commitment date should also submit all supporting documents by March 1. Please refer to our Guide to the Profile for help in completing this application.
Students who cannot meet the application deadline for some reason should contact Student Financial Services well before the deadline. You can reach us at (434) 982-6000. Students who do not submit their applications by March 1 may still apply for federal financial aid (Federal Direct Loans and, if they qualify, a Pell Grant).
UVA meets student need with scholarships, grants, work-study and need-based loans. Generous donors provide much of the scholarship and grant funding. Your financial aid application submission authorizes the University to disclose your name, demographic information and relevant award amount(s) to University Advancement and applicable donors(s). If you receive a donor-funded grant or scholarship, you will have the opportunity to ‘opt out’ of this disclosure as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).
PREPARING TO APPLY
The 2018-2019 Profile and 2018-2019 FAFSA, both available starting October 1, 2017 ask for income and tax information from 2016. Most families, by October 1, 2017, should have all materials available to complete the two applications.
After you submit the applications you can update your FAFSA online, but not the Profile. Please contact SFS if you need to update information on your Profile. Most undergraduate students will need help from their parents to complete all the application materials, so start the conversation early. Don't wait until February to get started.
Important Note: Our office assumes that the tax documents you supply to Student Financial Services are the same ones you have submitted to the IRS. We use tax return data to make corrections to the FAFSA and the Profile, and we update those documents with the corrected data after May 1 each year.
Step 1: Required Applications
UVA requires the following documents by March 1 for a student to be considered for all forms of need-based federal and institutional financial aid. Early action applicants should complete and submit these two applications, along with the Required Supporting Documents listed below, prior to January 1, 2018, if they want a preliminary financial aid award by the early action admission decision release date of February 1.
- 2018-2019 CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (School Code: 5820) See our Profile webpage for more information on completing the Profile.
- 2018-2019 FAFSA (Federal School Code: 003745)
Step 2: Required Additional Documents
All applicants must submit the documents below. Early action students must submit all of these additional documents, in addition to the Profile and the FAFSA, prior to January 1, 2018, to receive a preliminary award by February 1. All other applicants must submit all of these additional documents by March 1 in order to receive a preliminary award prior to the May 1 admission commitment deadline. We will still consider students who submit these additional documents after March 1 for all forms of aid, but we cannot guarantee a preliminary award by May 1. After submitting all the required documents below, students should also check their SIS To Do List regularly for any additional required documentation.
- Financial Aid Application Certification Form for 2018-2019
- Student Federal Tax Return and Schedules for 2016
- Student W2 for 2016
- Parent Federal Tax Return and Schedules for 2016*
- Parent W2 for 2016*
* Applicants who are considered independent for financial aid purposes should only submit the student 1040 and W-2. For information on circumstances that may qualify an applicant as independent for federal financial aid purposes, please click here.
Submit your additional documents by fax (preferred) or paper mail. Our contact information is at the bottom of this page. Please choose only one method of transmission and make sure you label the documents with the student's full legal name and student ID number (sent to the student in the email they received from Undergraduate Admission when they applied for admission). Please do not use email to send documents that contain personally identifiable information, such as social security numbers.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
SFS does not award merit-based financial aid. If you want to get a sense for what types and amount of need-based financial aid you might receive, we have two calculators available for you to do so. They are the MyinTuition Estimator and the Net Price Calculator. Both are specifically designed according to our policies regarding the awarding of financial aid and are updated annually each fall. These estimators may guide you in your decisions, but your specific financial aid award will be based upon the materials you provide to SFS, not based on what you input to the estimators.
We review applications in the order they are completed; the earlier a student submits all application requirements, the earlier that student’s application will be reviewed. Because the University meets 100% of a student's demonstrated need, we do not award students more or "better" financial aid based on the date they apply, provided that both the PROFILE and the FAFSA were submitted by March 1.
- information was omitted that should have been reported
- discrepancies exist between information reported, most likely between the PROFILE and the FAFSA
Delays in submitting required information may result in a delay in providing an award.
Some students may be selected for verification by the Department of Education. For these students, SFS collects specific information to complete verification in addition to those items listed under Application Requirements. In almost all cases, students must submit an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Tax Return Transcript to verify income or successfully upload tax information using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Instructions for obtaining a Tax Return Transcript.
For a student selected for verification, SFS can usually create a preliminary award without the tax return transcript, but it is required in order to receive an official award later in the summer. If the information on the tax return transcript is inconsistent with the federal income tax return, we may change the preliminary award as a result..
Preliminary and Official Financial Aid Awards
Students who submit all application materials by the March 1 deadline will receive a preliminary award by the admission decision deadline. Students who submit all application materials after March 1 may receive their preliminary financial aid award prior to May 1, but may need to make their Admission decision without the benefit of the preliminary award. Please refer to the Financial Aid Basics section for crucial information on preliminary awards, types of aid, estimated cost of attendance, how to receive your financial aid, and more.
We create the preliminary award without any consideration of other resources a student may receive, such as a tuition benefit from a parent's employer, Veteran's Administration benefits, or non-University scholarships. After May 1,we will include these resources in the official award letter. Since we meet 100% of need, the award, including grant amounts, may differ from the preliminary award letter to reflect these additional resources. In other words, the official award letter will reflect what the preliminary award letter would have looked like had we considered additional resources at the time we created it.