Financial Aid Guidance for 2024-2025

Changes to the FAFSA for the 2024-2025 year have generated a number of questions for both entering and returning students. Below, we provide information on the most common questions we are hearing. This page will be updated regularly through the spring and summer, so bookmark it and check back regularly.

You can also find tips for completing the FAFSA at Federal Student Aid's website.

This page was last updated on April 16, 2024.

 

How do I make corrections to my FAFSA?

We are now receiving corrected FAFSAs! If you have been waiting for Federal Student Aid to allow for FAFSA corrections, follow this link to find out how to get started.

I’ve submitted all my financial aid applications. When should I see my financial aid offer from UVA?

We are very excited to update this section to say that we have begun to release preliminary financial aid offers to admitted first-year applicants!

If you have not received yours yet, please check your UVA Student Information System portal for any To Do List items, check your emails for any requests from IDOC or from UVA, and make sure you listed UVA as a school to receive your FAFSA and/or CSS Profile.

 

Milestone

Status

Profile information is being sent to UVA

Yes

FAFSA data is being sent to UVA

Yes

Preliminary financial aid offers are being sent

Yes!

Official financial aid offers are being sent to new and returning students

Expected by mid-June

Is it too late to submit the FAFSA or the Profile?

Not at all! If you have not completed one or both applications, please do so as soon as you can. The sooner you submit them, the sooner we can begin our review of your financial aid eligibility.

We are also very much aware that some students simply cannot complete the FAFSA at this time, and we are monitoring the status of this and other issues with Federal Student Aid. In the meantime, you can always reach out to us with questions or concerns at [email protected]. We are your partner in this, and we want to help however we can.

How do I make sure I get as much aid as possible?

For new students, you’ll need to submit both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile. If you haven’t yet done both, make it a priority to complete them now.

Also, get to know your UVA SIS portal. This is where we’ll put “To Do List” items associated with your financial aid application. You got your login information from UVA’s Admission office when you submitted your Common Application to us, but if you need help logging in, write to [email protected].

All students should watch their email for updates from Federal Student Aid on the status of their FAFSA. These will inform you of any action you need to take to make sure we receive your FAFSA.

Complete information about applying for financial aid for new applicants and for returning undergraduates is on the SFS website.

How do I know if you have my FAFSA information?

The best way to ensure we get your FAFSA information is to log in to view your FAFSA and to make sure that UVA (school code 003745) is listed as a recipient school. We expect we’ll start receiving transmissions of FAFSA data by mid-March.

 

My parent doesn’t have a Social Security Number. Is there any way for them to create a StudentAid.gov account to complete the FAFSA?

This is one of several issues that Federal Student Aid is tracking and working to resolve.  Please know that we understand there are barriers to completing the FAFSA for some students, and SFS will work with you as you navigate the process.

In the meantime, you may be able to obtain a studentaid.gov account for your parent(s) who do not have a Social Security Number by following the instructions on this Federal Student Aid page. Please note that there are several steps to the process, so be sure you follow them as they are written.

In addition, while we are unable to resolve known FAFSA issues ourselves, we encourage you also to check FAFSA's Issue Alerts page regularly for guidance on and resolution of known issues.

My parent/contributor has an FSA ID but doesn't have an SSN and I've not been able to complete the FAFSA yet. What can I do?

On March 12, Federal Student Aid posted an update indicating that certain FAFSA completion problems related to this have been resolved. Please see their informational page for details.

There is also a listserv for those impacted by SSN issues. Please see this page for more information.

I’m a returning student for fall 2024. When should I expect to receive my financial aid offer letter?

First, make sure you complete the FAFSA and the Profile as soon as you are able. Then, monitor your To Do List and all emails from our office for any additional information we require. Our goal is always to have financial aid offers out by mid-July when the fall bill comes out. You can do your part to help make this happen by meeting deadlines and paying close attention to communications.

My account shows my FAFSA still in review and I still don't have an SAI. I'm worried about the amount of aid my student will get. What can we do?

We have heard reports from other students and families of the same experience. Federal Student Aid reports that they anticipate completing aid eligiblity calculation for submitted applications through the first half of March. Once your application is processed, you will receive an email notification with your updated SAI and estimated aid eligibility.

While you wait, Federal Student Aid has published an aid estimator that may help to give you an idea of what to expect when your application is processed: https://studentaid.gov/aid-estimator/

My financial circumstances have changed and my 2022 finances do not reflect my current situtation. What can I do?

We have a process for students and families to request an appeal for special circumstance when your financial circumstances have changed, and the aid year (2022) no longer reflects your current financial situation. Please complete both the FAFSA and CSS Profile using financial information from 2022.

After you receive a preliminary award, you will have the opportunity to appeal and request reconsideration of your financial aid award. We cannot review an appeal for special circumstances until you have your preliminary offer.