Q&A with the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

COVID-19 Impacts on Financial Aid

What if I never applied for financial aid, but now I need to? 

If you enroll for the 2020 summer term, you may still file the 2019-20 FAFSA until June 30, 2020 to be to be considered for a Federal Pell Grant for the summer term and retroactively for the 2019-20 academic year as long as all eligibility requirements are met. To be considered for the Federal Direct Loan program for the 2020 summer term, you must file the 2019-20 FAFSA by June 30, 2020 and meet all eligibility requirements, including enrolling at least half time during the summer term. You must also complete a Summer Aid Request Form available at www.uky.edu/financialaid/summer-aid.

Students planning to enroll in the 2020 Fall Semester who have not already filed the 2020-21 FAFSA should do so immediately. 

UK’s federal school code for FAFSA filing is 001989. The FAFSA filing process is annual. Therefore, if you want to apply for both 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years, you must file a FAFSA for each academic year.

 

What if I am experiencing a situation in which I cannot pay for my educational expenses affecting my ability to remain enrolled or continue my education at the University of Kentucky? 

If you and/or your family have experienced a recent job loss or a significant reduction in income and you already  filed the 2020-2021 FAFSA, please review and complete the 2020-21 Appeal for Income Reduction Form. Complete the form and email it along with any required documentation to your Financial Aid Counselor.  

The Appeal for Income Reduction Form allows the UK Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships to reassess your federal financial aid eligibility and possibly make financial aid adjustments to your financial aid package. This will not impact academic scholarship eligibility. 

If you have other special circumstances regarding your ability to pay for your educational expenses, please reach out to your Financial Aid Counselor

If you are in need of immediate help meeting basic needs, please access the Student Emergency Fund using the Community of Concern report form.

We know the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic can be a difficult time for everyone. If you need someone to talk to confidentially, due to the stress and anxiety this crisis may have brought on, you may contact the UK Counseling Center (859-257-8701) to speak to the on-duty counselor. 

Other resources to assist you can be found here https://learnanywhere.uky.edu/student-services.

 

 

Will my financial aid or scholarships change if I must withdraw from any courses related to the COVID-19 crisis?

If your federal financial aid was credited to your student account and your withdrawal occurred after March 20, 2020, you should have no adjustments to your federal financial aid for the 2020 spring semester.  If you receive a tuition, program fee, or other assessment refund due to withdrawal, your scholarship may be adjusted.

If you have any questions about withdrawing and your financial aid, please contact Cole Grannis, Assistant Director, Office of Student Financial Aid, cole.grannis@uky.edu

 

If I need to submit a form to the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships, what is the best way to do that?

Email forms and documentation directly to your Financial Aid Counselor

Documents related to Federal Verification must be submitted to Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) by logging into MyKHEAA at www.kheaaverify.com.

Please remember that most staff are working remotely and the best way to contact us is via email. We will respond as soon as we can during regular business hours. Please remember the University’s COVID-19 web pages are revised regularly with the most up-to-date information available. https://www.uky.edu/coronavirus/

 

Who do I contact if I have additional questions about my financial aid and scholarships? 

If you have a question about academic scholarships, please email academicscholar@lsv.uky.edu. For all other questions about your financial aid, please contact your Financial Aid Counselor