At Student Financial Services, we understand how complex the world of financial aid and student accounts may appear, especially if this year marks the first year you have attended college or have a student in college. (Parents, much may have changed since you went to school!)
Just about everything you need to know about managing your financial life at UVA can be found in the sections of this website and especially from this webpage. We suggest you bookmark the homepage, accessible at sfs.virginia.edu or by clicking the "Student Financial Services" banner at the top of any page. On the home page are reminders about important dates, access buttons for both the parent payment and student portals, and the latest SFS news from social media. There's also a drop-down box labelled "How Do I...?" where you can find answers to FAQs.
Parents and students both should note key dates below for SFS in addition to those in the academic calendar. Note that at UVA, term charges must be satisfied prior to the start of the term.
|Fall 2018 Term Charges available||July 23, 2018|
|Contact your 529 plan provider for payment||July 24, 2018|
|International Students make payment through UVAPay||July 24, 2018|
|Fall 2018 term charges due||August 22, 2018|
|Financial Holds applied and first email notice||August 23, 2018|
|Second Holds email notice (from SFS)||August 28, 2018|
|First day of classes||August 28, 2018|
Especially for First-Year Undergraduates
Click here for a checklist of things you should take care of before you arrive on Grounds for the Fall Semester. Below, we have reproduced an important slide from our Summer Orientation presentation, which includes all the required "homework" for parents and students before coming to Grounds in August. The presentation is available online. In the presentation, you'll be able to click on any of the links to access forms and additional information. Alternately, you can use our forms directory to access the forms indicated below and other parts of our website for the additional information. LInks are also below in the Parents section of this page.
All Undergraduate Students
We suggest you begin with the first link in the blue navigation bar at the top of this and every page on the SFS website: Tuition & Billing. You can hover over the text to see a drop-down menu, or click right on it to go to the main page of that section. There, you will find information on tuition and fees, how and when the University will bill you, how to use UVAPay to view and pay a bill, how to give a parent access to a payment account, and more. Returning students should also note the checklist we update each year to help you and your parents start the year off right.
If you will not use any type of financial aid, but will instead pay your charges with some form of personal payment--cash, check, wire transfer, credit card, 529 or pre-paid college savings plan, etc.--you will probaly deal exclusively in the Tuition & Billing section of our website.
If you will apply for need-based financial aid, please read on!
Students Seeking Financial Aid
After you've checked out the Tuition & Billing section, you may be looking for help paying for it! Almost all aid at UVA, including all aid awarded by Student Financial Services, is based upon need. If you are applying for admission or have recently been accepted to a UVA program for the first time, click the Financial Aid for New Applicants tab in the blue menu bar at the top of this page, where you will learn about the types of aid available, eligibility requirements, how to apply for aid, and how to accept and receive the aid you are awarded. If you are a returning student, please see Financial Aid for Current Undergrads or Financial Aid for Graduate Students.
Parents provide invaluable support for their students and have a vested interest in their success at the University. However, managing financial life at UVA is ultimatly the responsibility of the student. All notifications-- including bills, financial aid information, and deadline reminders-- are sent to the student, but we encourage you to have your student get into the practice of regularly sharing financial information with you as they gradually learn to take on this responsibility for themselves.
If you will be helping your student manage financial life while they are enrolled, we strongly suggest you and your student discuss the Authorization to Release Financial Information form and becoming a UVAPay Authorized User. Parents can go to UVAPay and request that their student approve them as an authorized user.
You may also wish to talk with your student about the terms and repayment of any student loans they may consider accepting. The Federal Student Aid Repayment Estimator is an excellent resource.
For more information about the University of Virginia's Financial Aid approach, consider watching the short video below.