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Incoming, new freshmen, and transfer students will be awarded by the beginning of February for 19-20 provided that our office has received the FAFSA. Current students will be awarded at the end of the Spring 2019 semester after grades have been posted. Make sure you've submitted your 19-20 FAFSA if you haven't already!

We have received new guidance from the Department of Education regarding alternative documents for completing the verification process. We are now allowed to accept a SIGNED copy of the federal tax return instead of the tax return transcript from the IRS. A signed 2016 federal tax return will be accepted for the 18-19 year and a signed 2017 federal tax return will be accepted for the 19-20 year. We hope this will alleviate delays students and families have been facing with the verification process. For more information, please contact our office.

Important reminders for Spring 2019. The Spring 2019 University bill (u-bill) will be created on January 2nd. Financial aid is scheduled to disburse on January 4th. Refunds and direct deposits will be issued the week of January 7th, and can take up to 5 business days to reach your bank account. If you are borrowing a federal loan for the first time, you must complete Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note before the loan can disburse. View our loans page for more information.

IRS warns of fraudulent emails, which appear to be sent from “IRS Online,” contain an attachment labeled “Tax Account Transcript,” or something similar. The IRS, however, does not send unsolicited emails to the public. The IRS asks the public not to open the email, and if using a personal computer to delete it or forward it to phishing@irs.gov. If one is using an employer’s computer, the IRS asks that the employee notify his or her company of the email.

"Live Like Student" is a FREE, non-credit course (6 meeting times), open to all UNI students. Attendees will explore the concepts of budgeting, saving & investing, credit, student loans, and identity protection.  Classes will be offered in February.  View times offered and register!