When Will Financial Aid Disburse?
The time has come to pay for your college costs and panic sets in. I remember receiving my tuition statement for my daughter and yet her student account showed no Prepaid Florida (which I was fortunate enough to have 4-year college and 1-year dorm). In addition, her bank account did not reflect her Bright Futures Scholarship funds. So when does this money get disbursed? Can you get a deferral for books, living accommodations, and student fees?
For your student’s specific account details, you should log into their account at myUFL. UF encourages all students receiving financial aid to sign up for direct deposit. To sign up, go to myUFL and select “Access myUFL” to log in. On the top toolbar, select “Main Menu.” Choose “My Campus Finances,” then “Student Direct Deposit.”
Here are some specifics:
Florida Prepaid will bill your student by the end of the first week of classes. Your myUFL account statement will reflect your Florida Prepaid billing before they disburse Financial Aid. The day after drop/add ends, students may go to ONE.UF and click on “University Bursar” and then “Account Summary” to find out the exact amount of their local portion of tuition debt.
Students who do not want the Florida Prepaid College Plan billed, or who drop or add a class after the drop/add deadline, should contact the University Bursar’s Scholarship Department in S-113 Criser Hall before the fee payment deadline. For Fall 2018, this date is August 31, 2018, and for the Spring of 2019, the deadline is January 18th, 2019. The Florida prepaid Opt-Out deadline for the Fall of 2018 is August 30, 2018, and for Spring 2019 the deadline to opt out is January 17, 2019. For more information on opting out of Florida Prepaid, click here.
Students participating in the Florida Prepaid College Program who are also expecting to receive financial aid (i.e., Bright Futures, Pell, student loans, other scholarships/grants) will have the Florida Prepaid applied first to tuition and applicable fees. Financial aid received will be disbursed and applied to outstanding charges which may include tuition and fees not covered by the Florida Prepaid Program. Any excess financial aid that remains after debts have been paid will be refunded to the student (student/parent if PLUS Parent loan)
Financial Aid is typically disbursed after the drop/add each semester. Drop/Add for Fall 2018 ends on August 28th, 2018 and January 11th for Spring 2019. Before loans can be disbursed, first-time Federal Direct Loan and Perkins Loan borrowers must complete Entrance Counseling (see our blog). In addition, the master promissory notes must be signed and on file.
Typically loans are disbursed prior to drop/add and scholarships (Bright Futures) and grants are disbursed after the drop/add. Students receiving a financial aid refund are required to sign up for direct deposit. Funds will be delivered within 48 hours to the banking account information listed in myUFL. To check the status of your Bright Futures and Financial Aid click here. On the left menu under Financial Aid, choose Aid Status or Awards and Disbursements for the correct academic year. For more information on Bright Futures click here.
Tuition and fees are due by the University’s published payment deadline, normally the end of the second week of classes. However, qualifying students are able to postpone payment until the deferred fee payment deadline. The assumption with students receiving a deferment is that tuition and fees will be paid once the student’s financial aid disburses. For help in determining if you qualify for a tuition and fee deferment, please review the following.
Note: students awarded federal loans must accept those loans before the regular tuition and fee payment deadline in order to qualify for a deferment.
UF currently does not have a payment plan, you can make payments but you will have a hold and a $100.00 late payment fee on your record until the balance is paid. The hold will prevent you from receiving university services such as obtaining grades or registering.
Deferral for Books
Students who receive financial aid may be eligible to use the UF Bookstore Deferred Payment Program to obtain books and supplies before financial aid awards are received and classes begin. Usually, this allows for a $500 credit for books and supplies from the UF bookstore per semester for eligible students. More information is available here.
Rent is billed per semester and must be prepaid in advance of each semester. The due date for Fall 2018 is July 25, 2018, and the rent deferment due date is October 3, 2018; For the Spring 2019 the rent due date is November 28, 2018, and the rent deferment due date is February 6, 2019. A housing rent deferment for undergraduate residents is a temporary delay of the rent due date to wait for the student’s financial aid money to disburse. Students are responsible for payment of their housing balance if financial aid money is not released in time to pay by the Housing rent deferment due date or if there is not enough money to cover all of the student’s university debts.
Students are responsible for paying their rent or obtaining a rent deferment prior to the rent due date to avoid any late charges. A $125 late charge will apply if the deferment is secured after the rent due date. Housing rent deferment is different from a tuition deferment and can only be granted by the student applying online on the Housing Portal or by UF Housing staff. For more information, click here.