Financial Aid

Timeline

Key to being timely is to complete your FAFSA each year as soon after October 1 as possible.

Because some aid programs are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, an early application received by December 1 gets priority consideration for limited funding sources.

Use this timeline as your guide. Take the time to note events as they occur so that you have a record of when you complete them and look ahead to plan for upcoming events.

Timeline of annual financial aid process.

Benchmark

Who

Event

Mid-junior
year in high school

Incoming freshmen

Begin scholarship search process by collecting information on scholarships, their deadlines and application processes.

Mid-August

Incoming students

Admission application to UC for upcoming year available.

October 1

All new and returning students

FAFSA will now become available each October 1; see further information about the tax information requested. Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after this date each year. 

December 1

Incoming freshmen

Admission application, transcript, and test scores must be received for Cincinnatus Scholarship Program (as well as most other freshman scholarships) consideration.

December 1

All new and returning students

Complete annual FAFSA by this date for priority consideration for limited funding sources.

Mid-February

All new undergradaute and Law students

Initial Financial Aid Award Offers sent to students with complete records. Award Offers are sent continually as admission offers are made, FAFSA data is received, and students provide supplemental information, if requested. Use Check My Aid to monitor your aid status.

Mid-March

All enrolled students

Summer registration begins.

Late March

All returning undergraduate and Law students as well as all graduate students

Initial Financial Aid Award Offers sent to students with complete records. Award Offers are sent continually as FAFSA data is received and students provide supplemental information, if requested. Use Check My Aid to monitor your aid status.

When accepting
aid

All new and returning students

Estimate your bill to understand amount needed to cover your expenses and plan for any out-of-pocket expenses.

After
accepting aid 

All
students

New UC loan borrowers complete loan counseling and promissory note(s).

Early April

All enrolled students

Summer bills will begin being produced for students who are registered.

Mid-April

All enrolled students

Fall registration (for returning students) begins.

April 30

New transfer students

Admission application deadline for scholarship consideration

Late May

Returning students

Evaluation of eligibility for aid based on academic progress.

Evaluation of renewability of Cincinnatus and other renewable scholarship awards.

June

Incoming freshmen

Orientation including fall registration.

July 1

All new and returning students

FAFSA and aid-related Tasks in Catalyst should be submitted by this date to ensure completion of the full process in time for fall bill payment due date. Students may continue to apply and completed Tasks after this date though aid may not be processed by the time fall payment is due.

Mid-July

All enrolled students

Fall bills will begin being produced for students who are registered.

Mid-
August

All new and returning students

Postings of jobs for Federal Work-Study awardees available.

Late August

All enrolled students

Fall semester classes begin.

October 1

All new and returning students

Begin timeline again (see October 1) for next year's aid.

Mid-
November

All enrolled students

Spring semester registration begins.

Early December

All enrolled students

Spring bills will begin being produced for students who are registered.

December 25 - January 1

All students

Student Financial Aid, One Stop, and all university offices closed the final week of December for winter holiday season; web services remain available.

Early January

All enrolled students

Spring semester classes begin.

Early February

All enrolled students

Students attending summer classes should contact One Stop regarding summer aid eligibility.

Early May

All enrolled students

Cincinnatus community service hours due for renewal of scholarship awards.

Summer semester classes begin.

Any time a student exits the university for more than just the summer (even if they plan to re-enroll later), exit counseling is required of student loan borrowers.