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How to Apply for Aid

Applying for Financial Aid

Appyling for Undergraduate Aid

Federal financial aid is available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.  We encourage all students to complete the 2024-2025 FAFSA® , or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, by April 15, 2024, which is the priority deadline. The State aid priority deadline is also April 15, 2024. For more information on the significant changes for federal student aid, please see our FAFSA Simplification information webpage


You must complete the FAFSA® annually when you wish to apply for aid. For the 2024-25 FAFSA, the income information required will be based on 2022 (called prior prior year or PPY). 

While the 2024-25 priority deadline for all undergraduate students is April 15, 2024, UD will accept FAFSA® submissions after this date. However, not all types of aid will be available to students who submit their FAFSA® after the priority date.
The school code for UD is 003651.

If you have questions about your status and eligibility, please do not hesitate to contact our office. Eligibility for federal, state, and institutional programs is based on the submission of a FAFSA® (or TASFA, if applicable. See below). More information on types of aid, amounts, and ongoing eligibility can be found in the University Bulletin (Undergraduate Scholarships and Financial Aid section). Сʪ does not require the CSS Profile. 

We will review your FAFSA® to determine financial aid amounts

UD uses the FAFSA® as well as year in school, enrollment status, and cost of attendance (COA) to determine aid offers.

Financial Need as determined by the FAFSA® helps UD determine how much a student can receive in need-based funds such as the Pell Grant, SEOG, federal work-study, Federal Direct Subsidized Loan, Texas Tuition Equalization Grant, etc. The federal unsubsidized loan is not need based. Combined financial aid cannot exceed your total Cost of Attendance. 

New students will receive an email notification detailing how to view their financial aid offer. The notifications would normally be emailed to students starting in December, however with the delay of the release of the FAFSA®, we expect notifications to start going out in late March or early April. Please check your preferred email for updates at that time after submitting your FAFSA®

Returning undergraduate students will receive an email notification of their financial aid offer after April 1st. If you wish to accept and/or decline the financial aid offer, you must login to and do so in the Financial Aid section. Please check your UD email for updates. Failure to check your email regularly could result in a delay in processing your financial aid.

If you are selected for verification, see the "Selected for Verification" section below, we will need additional information before eligibility can be determined.

Special and Unusual Circumstances

We recognize that the FAFSA® may not always accurately reflect your current financial situation or that there may be circumstances that affect your dependency status. Click on the heading above to see what constitutes Special and Unusual Circumstances.

Accepting Federal Direct Loans (subsidized or unsubsidized)

If you accept your Federal Direct Loan(s) and you are a new borrower at Сʪ, you will be required to complete a Federal Direct Loan and at . Failure to do so will keep your loan from disbursing to your account, and ultimately in the cancellation of your loan.

Non-US Citizens & Non-Permanent Residents 

If you are not a US citizen or permanent resident, but you are classified as a Texas resident and therefore are eligible to pay the Texas in-state tuition rate, use the TASFA.

If you need the 2023-24 TASFA, please contact us. To use this application, your classification as a Texas resident must not be due to a waiver, such as an in-state scholarship or an assistantship.

If you have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), we encourage you to complete the FAFSA®. Although DACA students are not eligible for federal student aid, you still may be eligible for state or college aid, and submitting a FAFSA® can help you access those other types of aid.  To begin your FAFSA®, you must enter your Social Security Number. While completing the FAFSA®, you must answer the "Are you a US citizen?" question as "No, I am not a citizen or eligible noncitizen".  If you filed taxes for 2022, you may also be able to transfer your tax information using IRS Direct Data Exchange (DDX) on the FAFSA®.

Selected for Verification

The federal government selects FAFSA® submissions to be verified by the Office of Financial Aid. Our school may also select FAFSA® submissions to be verified. During verification, a financial aid counselor must confirm that certain data elements on the FAFSA® are correct before a student may receive any financial aid. In order to have payment arrangements made by the tuition due date, please turn in all requested verification items by the deadlines below.

Failure to submit documentation by the final verification deadline may result in loss of financial aid eligibility. Our office is not required to complete verification after the final deadline has passed. Students may appeal to the Director of Financial Aid for an extension to the deadline. 

Official tax return information from the IRS is required as part of the verification process. If you where able to use the IRS Direct Data Exchange (DDX) when completing your FAFSA® online,  you do not need to submit further tax information. If the DDX was not successful when you completed your FAFSA®, the Verification Worksheet provides further instructions on how to submit your tax information.

Verification Deadlines

Spring 2024 Priority Verification Deadline: December 15, 2023
Spring 2024 Final Verification Deadline:  March 15, 2024
Fall 2024 Priority Verification Deadline: June 1, 2024
Fall 2024 Final Verification Deadline:  October 15, 2024
Spring 2025 Priority Verification Deadline:  December 15, 2024
Spring 2025 Final Verification Deadline:  March 15, 2025