University of Delaware


Students may now file the 2018-2019 FAFSA at, using UD's school code (001431).

Prospective Fall 2018 Freshmen check out our New Student Info site.

Students taking summer classes can request a check of federal aid eligibility here.

Fall bills will be available mid-July.


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Applying for Financial Aid

How Do I apply?

Applying for Financial Aid can be a very simple and easy process but must be done each year. Everything begins with your filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is the only application that the University of Delaware requires. This can be done for the next financial aid year as early as October 1st each year. Note you can find FAFSA tutorial videos, as well as other information on federal financial aid online from the U.S. Department of Education.

Steps to File the FAFSA

  1. Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents. See here for additional information on how to obtain your FSA ID.
  2. Once you have a FSA ID, complete the FAFSA online at Be sure to include the UD Federal School Code: 001431.
  3. After the FAFSA has been submitted, you will receive notification from the Federal government in the form of a Student Aid Report, (SAR). The SAR will contain your Expected Family Contribution and will also indicate your Pell Grant if eligible as well as Federal Direct Loans. Be sure to review this report and correct any errors that you may find.

When should I file?

Please keep in mind that you must file a FAFSA each academic aid year. You can begin filing as early as October 1st for the next academic year. This ensures newly admitted students can be notified of financial aid offers timely and returning students can finalize their application for the next academic year. Please note that there are sometimes state deadlines regarding state funded aid. For example, state of Delaware deadline is April 15th for state scholarships. See here for additional information.

Who is eligible to submit a FAFSA?

Please go to our page dedicated to eligibility.

  • You must be a matriculated student in a degree granting program at the University of Delaware
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • You must have a valid Social Security Card on file with the Social Security Administration (SSA)

Additional Tips

Pay special attention not to make any errors when filing your FAFSA. Please verify all personal information you input, including the Social Security number and date of birth. If this information does not match up with the Social Security Administration, this can cause delays in financial aid awarding.

Closely review the information that is sent back after filing the FAFSA on your Student Aid Report. If there is a problem on the FAFSA, this will be indicated on that report. Corrections can be made by going back into the FAFSA at anytime.

This may also indicate that you have been selected for a Verification Audit Review. Please review our Verification page for additional information concerning the Verification Process.