Financial Aid Guidance for 2024-2025

Update: We have begun to release official financial aid offers for 2024-2025, but we are in the very early days right now, so if you do not see yours right away and you have no remaining To Do List items in your SIS account, please hang in there. We are working through continuing technical and process challenges created by the change to the new FAFSA, and we want to get your official offer to you as soon as we possibly can.

For all students--returning and newly-admitted for fall 2024--continue to monitor your To Do List in SIS and read and take action on all emails from our office to avoid delays in processing your financial aid.

We know you have questions about financial aid and the FAFSA process, so we wanted to provide as much information as we can on the most common questions we are hearing. We'll be updating this page regularly through the 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 July 11, 2024


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

Our goal is always to have all completed files ready by the time the fall term statement is created. This year, that is August 6th. We continue to face technical challenges related to the rollout of the new FAFSA, and we will do everything we can to ensure you get your offer as soon as possible. In the meantime, continue to monitor your email and SIS To Do List for any additional items we might require to complete our evaluation.

Check back here throughout the summer for updates.

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

Yes! Federal Student Aid states that they have resolved the technical issue that prevented contributors without an SSN from starting or accessing the form. Follow this link to read more and get started.

I don't have an SSN, and I've created a account. I've been invited to contribute information to a FAFSA but I can't access the form.

We've heard about this happening to some users. In these cases, there may be an issue with the personal information attached to the contributor's account, such as an ITIN entered in place of an SSN, an incorrect date of birth, or multiple accounts for the same individual. 

To fix this, the contributor will need to first invalidate their current account and then complete the process of creating a new account without an SSN.

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.


Profile information is being sent to UVAYes
FAFSA data is being sent to UVAYes
Preliminary financial aid offers are being sentYes
Official financial aid offers are being sent to new and returning studentsExpected by early July
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 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.

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.

I'm transferring to UVA starting in the fall. When should I expect my financial aid?

The first place to check is our transfer student financial aid application page to make sure you have submitted both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile. The biggest change in applying for financial aid for many of our new transfer students is that we require the CSS Profile in addition to the FAFSA.

Make sure you complete the Profile if you have not done so already, and be sure to watch out for emails and maybe texts from us about your application.

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 circumstances 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 your financial aid award. We cannot review an appeal for special circumstances until you have your preliminary offer.