Apply for Aid


Our office is here to help you apply for aid. The first step is to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Apply Early

The University of Cincinnati uses the FAFSA to determine eligibility for student aid funds that have limited funding.  The sooner you complete the FAFSA the more aid you could be eligible for.

The FAFSA becomes available October 1 of the year prior to the start of the academic year.

What you Need to Complete the FAFSA

View and print this helpful FAFSA Checklist to learn what you will want to have on hand when you sit down to fill out your FAFSA.

Apply Online

Online applications are easier to complete because it uses skip-­logic to only ask relevant questions. In addition, online applications will be processed faster and will likely be more accurate because the FAFSA website is designed to catch common errors. You can create a FSA ID that will allow easy access to your electronic FAFSA application. Additionally, this will enable save options, electronic signature and timely submission of your application. You can obtain your FSA ID and get more information on the FSA website.

IRS Data Retrieval

When you apply online, you will be given the option to retrieve your IRS Data to automatically populate the FAFSA. This option simplifies the application process, helps reduce errors and lowers your chances of being selected to verify the information on your FAFSA.