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Student Financial Affairs
The Office for Student Financial Affairs (SFA), in S107 Criser Hall, coordinates
and administers student financial aid programs and provides financial assistance
and counseling at UF.
SFA awards aid to students according to financial need-the difference between
current educational costs and what individual students can pay toward these
costs. The university evaluates financial need for UF students from data provided
by the federal need-analysis processor, after the processor has analyzed the
information students and their families have supplied on the student's Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Customer Service: SFA is open from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through
Friday. For financial aid information, applications and advising, students
can go to S107 Criser Hall or call 392-1275.
What is Financial Aid? Financial aid is money provided to students and their
families as either gift aid or self-help to help pay college costs. Gift aid
is free money, such as scholarships and grants. Students do not have to repay
these awards. Self-help programs include loans and employment and are named
"self-help" because students must repay loans and work for money awarded
through employment programs. Awards consist of scholarships, grants, loans and/or
work, singly or as a package.
Types of Aid: Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance
and financial need. SFA awards a limited number of scholarships to academically
outstanding undergraduates with documented need. Most academic scholarships
are awarded through the Office of Admissions. Individual colleges also offer
scholarships. For information, students should contact their college.
Grants are awarded to undergraduates with financial need. The two largest grant
programs are the Federal Pell Grant and the Florida Student Assistance Grant.
The following undergraduate loan programs are available at UF: Federal Direct
Stafford/Ford Loans, Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford/Ford Loans, UF Institutional
Loans, and Federal Perkins Loans. Parents of dependent undergraduates also
can take out educational loans through the Federal Direct PLUS Loan program.
These programs offer long-term, low-interest loans that must be repaid when
the borrower graduates, withdraws, or drops to less than half-time enrollment.
Loans range upward from $500 per academic year at low annual interest rates.
The amount of each loan, except for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
and Federal Direct PLUS loans, is based on financial need as determined from
information the borrower provides on the FAFSA.
The university also has a short-term loan program to help students meet emergency
financial needs related to educational expenses. Students may borrow up to
$1,000 or the amount of in-state tuition if they have an acceptable repayment
source. Interest is 1 percent per month, and these loans must be repaid by the
first day of the last month in the semester in which the money is borrowed.
Part-time employment through the university is offered to about 7,500 students
each year. Students normally work 15-20 hours a week and earn at least minimum
wage. Most departments arrange work hours around the students' academic schedules.
When to Apply: Applications are available January 1 each year. Students
are con-sidered for aid according to the date their aid file is complete. A
few programs such as Federal Pell Grants, Federal Direct Stafford/Ford Loan,
and OPS employment are open for application throughout the year (refer to important
Although SFA cannot award financial aid to students until they have been admitted
to the university, students should apply for aid as soon as possible after January
1 each year.
Important Deadlines: Financial aid applications should be completed
and sent to the appropriate processor as soon as possible after January 1.
March 17 is the "on-time" deadline for SFA to receive students' information
from the need analysis agency. Students who wish to be considered for campus-based
and institutional programs (such as Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins loans,
Turner Grant, and university loans) should apply by this date since these funds
Federal Direct Loan Program deadlines are set by semester. The fall deadline
for applying for Federal Direct Stafford/Ford, Federal Direct Unsubsidized
Stafford/Ford, and Federal Direct PLUS loans is October 15. Individual colleges
within the university and private organizations have their own deadlines for
applying for aid.
How to Apply: Financial aid applications are not sent automatically
when students apply for admission. Students may obtain a Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a UF Gator Aid Application Guide from any Florida
community college or high school guidance office. Students also can request
these forms from the Office for Student Financial Affairs, Box 114025, Gainesville,
FL 32611-4025, or by calling (352) 392-1275. FAFSAs also are available from
the federal government by calling toll-free: 1-800-433-3243. Students also can
apply electronically using "FAFSA on the Web," an online application
available as a link through SFA's Web site: www.ufsa.ufl.edu/sfa/.
Students must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) to the Federal Student Aid Programs processor at the address indicated
on the form. Students' financial data must reach us from the processor by March
17 for their application to be considered "on-time." Allow a minimum
of three weeks for processing.
Confidentiality of Student Records: The university ensures the confidentiality
of student records in accordance with State University System statutes and the
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, known as the Buckley Amendment.
Students' family financial information and the type and amount of their aid
are held in confidence. Information is released only with the student's written
Student Employment Office: The SFA Student Employment Office is a clearing-house
for part-time employment and coordinates three employment programs: Federal
Work Study, OPS and off-campus jobs. Student Employment maintains an online
job list on our web site.
Satellite Offices: SFA has satellite offices located at: College of Dentistry:
D3-#17A Health Science Center, (352) 846-1384; Colleges of Health Professions,
Nursing, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine, HPNP G208, (352) 273-6202; College
of Law, 164 Holland Hall, (352) 392-0421; and College of Medicine, M-128 Health
Science Center, (352) 392-7800.
ISIS: Using ISIS, students can access information about their personal financial
aid files, as well as complete financial aid processing transactions such as
Federal Direct Loan confirmation and first-time borrowers entrance counseling
via the Internet. The ISIS Web address is
for Financial Aid
UF students must enroll at least half time to receive most types of financial
aid. For undergraduate students, full-time enrollment for financial aid eligibility
is 12 credit hours per term, and half time is six credit hours per term.
The sum of all credit hours in Summer A, B and/or C will determine a student's
enrollment status for summer. Pell grants are prorated according to enrollment
Requirements for Financial Aid
UF students receiving financial aid are required to be in good standing and
to maintain satisfactory academic progress. While a general summary of the academic
progress requirements is presented here, for specific details please see the
UF Web site at www.ufsa.ufl.edu/sfa/receiving/academicprogress.html
Each student must meet three measures of satisfactory academic progress that
are determined by the student's class and college: a qualitative component
(grade point average), a time-frame component (maximum credit hours carried
for degree completion), and a measure of progress within that time frame (percentage
of credit hours earned each term). Students who fail to meet these standards
are suspended from receiving financial aid until they meet the requirements.
Students who fail to meet the requirements for satisfactory progress may appeal
to have their financial aid reinstated. Please visit the SFA Web site for complete
instructions on the petition process at www.ufsa.ufl.edu/sfa/receiving/petition.
Postbaccalaureate Students: Students enrolled in postbaccalaureate studies
must petition the Academic Progress Appeals Committee to receive financial aid.
The types of financial aid available to postbaccalaureate students depend on
the student's degree-seeking status.