2024-2025 Financial Aid Awards
Viewing Award & Accepting/Declining Aid
We are pleased to offer you aid for the 2024-25 academic year. We are excited to see you continue your education at the University of Cincinnati!
Initial award offers of the year are sent as a unique webpage that includes video content along with your offered aid and projected costs.
This unique webpage remains available for 90 days or, for incoming students, until May 15, whichever comes later.
Catalyst will always show your current award offer. Any updates to your award are shown or actions you need to take (including accepting or declining aid) are done via Catalyst.
Specific to 2024-25
The following information is specific to 2024-25:
- Tuition costs on your award offer are estimates until the Board of Trustees set fees for the upcoming year as anticipated in June 2024.
Catalyst is the University of Cincinnati student information system. Access Catalyst at catalyst.uc.edu and log on using your user name and password.
- As a new student, if you have not signed on previously, search your email account using "Catalyst" to find the introductory email sent to you when you applied for admission.
- If you have difficulty with your login, there is self-service information on recovering your username and password.
Viewing Award & Accepting/Declining Aid
Scholarships and grants are automatically accepted when they are awarded.
For any Federal Work-Study or loan award offers, you will need to take action to accept them.
- Logon to catalyst.uc.edu.
- Click on the "My Finances" tile.
- Use the "Manage Financial Aid" to choose the appropriate aid year and accept or decline as you wish.
- Be sure to hit "submit" after taking any action.
Also, please alert us if you anticipate aid that is not showing as part of your award offer.
When accepting loans, please review detailed information on loan next steps.
You may have additional steps now or as you move through the financial aid process. These required additional steps and other important matters will be detailed via your "Tasks" tile in Catalyst. These tasks are often referred to as "To Do" items.
Leaving "To Do" items incomplete can result in delays or loss of aid. Additionally, any awards made prior to completing these items are estimations of eligibility. Full determination of your award will be made once all "To Do" requirements are met.
Take action to complete items as they post to your record. Review the status of your "Tasks" each time you log into Catalyst.
Additional Options for Meeting Costs
Financial aid can assist in meeting your costs, but rarely will financial aid cover all of a student's costs.
To aid you in understanding your aid package, we have provided your aid relative to your total cost of attendance. These figures are made up of direct (billed by UC) and indirect (non-billed) cost estimates for attending UC.
Families should also predict their out-of-pocket expenses for billed costs as they budget for the academic year. You will need to meet them through family finances or other means. Additionally, if there are costs not billed by UC that you wish to cover, you will want to account for those in your personal budgeting.
Even scholarship-only students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for federal, state and institutional funding.
The UC Semester Payment Plan, a Federal Parent PLUS Loan (for parents of dependent students), a Federal Graduate PLUS Loan (for graduate students), and non-federal alternative loans are also ways families seek to meet more of their costs.
Incoming students are issued a UC email account following admission confirmation.
All students should regularly check their UC email account as that is where all official UC communications will be sent.
We are here to help! Contact Enrollment Services based on your campus to better understand your award offer and projected costs.
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