Financial Aid Information & Deadlines

Turn Time Into Money — Apply for UIS Scholarships

When applying for admissions to UIS, you are automatically considered for our merit scholarships.

In addition, first time and returning UIS students can also apply for our foundation scholarships.

There are over 340 UIS Foundation scholarships available from our generous donors.

By spending only a few moments of your time to complete the scholarship application(s), you may turn your time into money.

The UIS Foundation Scholarship Application 2020-2021 is now available to be completed online.  Application deadline is 11:59 pm February 15, 2020.  We encourage all students to apply as the scholarship opportunities are updated continually.  Continuing student are encouraged to reapply to be eligible for renewable scholarships.

Fall 2020 Financial Aid Disbursements/Refunds

Financial aid for the Fall 2020 semester is scheduled to be disbursed on Saturday, August 15, 2020. Any funds exceeding your University charges after your student account has been paid in full will be refunded to you by University Student Financial Services and Cashier Operations (USFSCO). Financial aid refunds will start occurring on an ongoing basis as of August 21, 2020, if not sooner. An e-mail will be sent to your official university e-mail account once the refund has been processed.

The Fall 2020 semester starts on Monday, August  24, 2020. Check Your Financial Aid Status to review your financial aid file status, as well as your student account summary and your E-bill via the Student Self-Service. Refunds will be direct deposited to your bank account by University Student Financial Services and Cashiers Operations (USFSCO). Direct deposit is mandatory for all student account refunds. If you have not already signed up, go to the USFSCO website for information on enrolling in direct deposit.


Financial Aid Processing Deadlines Spring 2020 & Summer 2020

The deadline for processing financial aid for the Spring 2020 semester is April 15, 2020; the Summer 2020 semester is June 15, 2020. Please submit all required financial aid documents to our office prior to these dates. Applications received after these dates may not be processed.


Apply Now for Federal, State and Institutional Financial Aid for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

The time to apply for financial aid for the 2020-2021 academic year (Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021) is now by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Office of Financial Assistance encourages all students to apply as early as possible to avoid missing any grant opportunities. Our Federal School Code is 009333.

FAFSA Overview Video (StudentAid.gov)

How to Fill Out the FAFSA Video (StudentAid.gov)

You will need information from your (and your parent’s) 2018 federal tax return to complete and submit the FAFSA. If you filed the FAFSA last year for the 2019-2020 academic year, please just update the information and submit the FAFSA today if you have not already done so. You can also find additional information and tips on how to apply and how you can submit your FAFSA application for 2020-2021.

Applicants are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval process functionality within the FAFSA application. When completing the income sections of the FAFSA, the applicant is given the option to have this data retrieved directly from the IRS.  Please use the IRS Data Retrieval process to transfer your 2018 Federal Tax Return information onto the FAFSA. The benefit of utilizing the IRS Data Retrieval process is that it will minimize your chances of being selected by the federal processor for the verification process. Follow the IRS Data Retrieval process directions on the FAFSA to complete the process. This is our preferred method.


E-Offer Notifications (Electronic Offer Notifications)

New and returning students applying for financial assistance will receive their financial aid offer notifications electronically. You will be notified that your e-offer is ready to be viewed via an e-mail to your official UIS e-mail address, as well as any other e-mail addresses we may have on file for you. As such, it is extremely important to verify that your email account(s) are valid. Furthermore, you should be checking your official UIS email account regularly, at least once a week, for updates on your financial aid status and other important financial aid notifications or billing information. You will then be able to access your E-Offer Notification and Check Your Financial Aid Status. Students will no longer receive paper offer letters.


For financial aid information on previous academic years, visit the archived financial aid information and deadlines page.