Resources: Know Before You Go

Resources: Know Before You Go

Looking for something? We’ve gathered the most common topics and resources for this time of year all in one place. Searched this page and still can’t find the answer you’re looking for? Reach out to us and we’ll be happy to help.

Please review the below table to determine when you will receive your financial aid offer based on your cohort and program.

FINANCIAL AID OFFER TIMELINE  
Fall 2023 First Year, Readmits, Transfer New Admits Mid-December
Continuing Undergraduates May
Graduate/Professional Students June
Law, Med, and VetMed Students Check with your respective school offices for your aid offer timeline

There are a variety of reasons that can cause financial aid to be delayed: 

  • Incomplete To Do List Items - These items delay financial aid from releasing and need your attention as soon as possible. Learn how to review To Do List items in your Student Center here.
  • Holds - Similar to incomplete To Do List items, a hold can also prevent the release of your financial aid. Learn how to review Holds in your Student Center here.
  • Enrollment - Some aid requires you to be enrolled in a certain number of units. Learn how enrollment impacts financial aid on our website here.

If you have already acted on your pending To Do List items or Holds and are waiting on documentation to be processed by our office, you may also see a delay in the release of financial aid. Processing timelines for the start of the semester are typically three to four weeks. Please know we are working diligently to complete these pending items so financial aid can be released as soon as possible. 

The fall portion of accepted aid will begin to release to your Bursar student account beginning the week of August 15. Accepted summer financial aid continues to release through the end of the summer session, once you meet all enrollment and disbursement conditions. Visit this page to see how to check your Financial Aid Status to see what may be preventing the release of your aid.

A Financial Aid Notice will be automatically placed on accounts if your accepted fall financial aid will cover your Bursar student account balance owed. This notice will prevent the Late Payment Charge and the Unpaid Tuition Charge. If the balance owed is more than the accepted pending aid, we recommend paying the remaining balance by the tuition payment deadline to avoid late fees. Visit the Bursar deadline page for more information on due dates and corresponding late fee charges.

In order for financial aid to be released, you must meet all enrollment and disbursement conditions. For additional information, visit our General Disbursement Policy pageInquiries regarding the release of fall financial aid will begin to be reviewed during the week of August 15th.

Students will receive their bill from the Bursar's Office in late July. Find payment plan optionsdue datesbilling detailstuition cost estimates and more through the Bursar's Office website.

Check for items that may prevent aid from releasing to your Bursar student account. Log into UAccess Student Center to check your Notice/Hold sections & To Do List section. If you have any financial aid items listed, read the message carefully and take any action being requested. Normal processing time for items turned into our office is 2-3 weeks for review. During the beginning of each semester, this timeframe may increase due to the volume our office receives. Learn what the status of your to do list item means. 

Did you transfer your federal aid from another school, are you working on a SAP Appeal, or do you have other To Do List items you need help with? If so, this may prevent your accepted financial aid from releasing to your Bursar student account. Visit our FAQs or schedule a Zoom meeting to get the help you need in completing your To Do List item. You can also view recordings of past workshops, such as the Federal FAFSA Verification Workshop, on our events page.

To view the status of your financial aid in your Student Center:

  • Login at uaccess.arizona.edu.
  • Click the Financial Aid header on the top of the Student Center home page and select Financial Aid Summary from the list.
  • Scroll down to the middle of the page and click the Financial Aid Status section. This page will show you a breakdown of the financial aid offered and whether it has been released/disbursed to your student account or not. 

Have you recently submitted forms/documents to our office? Due to the high volume of items at the beginning of each semester, you can expect to hear from us approximately 3 - 5 weeks from the date you submit a complete file for: Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeals, Federal Verification, General Aid Appeals, Over award to do list item processing, Cost Of Attendance (COA) Appeals, Consortium Agreements, or Additional Loan Requests.

If you were offered loans and/or federal work study, you need to accept your aid in order to receive it. Here's how:

You will be able to accept 2022-2023 financial aid, such as loans or Federal Work Study, on UAccess beginning mid-July.

Find the steps for accepting student and parent loans on our loans webpage. Remember, when borrowing loans the amount you enter will be split between both fall and spring semesters. Need to figure out how much to borrow? View recordings of past workshops, such as the Determining Your Out of Pocket Cost workshop, on our events page.

You will be able to accept summer semester financial aid, such as loans or Federal Work Study, on UAccess once you are able to view it on your Financial Aid Summary. Parents (via the Guest Center) will also be able to accept the Parent PLUS loan to help with expenses for the semester once it is viewable in UAccess. Please Note: Students who borrowed their full grade level federal loan eligibility during the academic year (fall and spring semesters) will not have any student loan eligibility remaining for summer. Review annual and lifetime loan maximum amounts on our Federal Direct Loan Limit webpage.

Have you already accepted your aid, but it still has not been released to your Bursar student account? Check out our FAQs to find common scenarios that may be holding up your aid.

You do not need to accept any gift aid such as grants and scholarships, as they are automatically accepted for you.

Visit our FAQs for all things Scholarships like Renewals, the one-time grace period, Reinstatements, & Appeals.

Did you use the Summer 2022 semester at Arizona to get back on track with your scholarship renewal requirements? If you have a To Do List item about your scholarship, we are already monitoring you for renewing your scholarship! However, if you no longer see these items, please feel free to contact us to request a reinstatement! Select the “Scholarship” category and “Reinstatement Request” subcategory to submit your request.

Our office will then double check your academics and remaining semesters of eligibility to make sure you qualify to have your scholarship reinstated. If eligible, we will add your scholarship to your financial aid offer. Monitor your CatMail account for an update once you have submitted a request.

Are you wondering if you are on track to renew your scholarship? Visit the Terms and Conditions page for your incoming year here at the university. There, you will be able to view examples of how many units you need to complete in addition to the cumulative GPA requirement.

Expecting a refund (you have more pending aid than your account balance)? Set Up Web Refund (direct deposit). This is the quickest way to receive your refund. Students who have not enrolled in Web Refund through UAccess will receive a check sent to their mailing address listed in UAccess.

2022-2023 undergraduate financial aid offers are sent via email every 2-3 weeks. Keep in mind, reviewing a new FAFSA and creating your financial aid offer can take at least three weeks from the date our office loads your FAFSA into our system. OSFA typically receives FAFSAs once a week. As a reminder, be sure you have filed your 2022-2023 FAFSA.

2022-2023 graduate financial aid offers will begin to be sent out in early July via email every 2-3 weeks. Review graduate annual loan eligibility information on our loan webpage.

Wondering what you should do to prepare for school in August? By now you have likely completed lots of steps including accepting your admission offer, attending Orientation, and planning your finances for your fall semester bill. Find out when fall financial aid will release and what items may prevent your aid from paying toward your due balance

We recommend calculating your financial aid and determining if you need to borrow any loans. How to get started? Review our Understanding Your Financial Aid Offer page, Your Best Financial Future workshop recording and other resources such as our signing up for our Determining Your Out Of Pocket Cost workshop to estimate if you will need to make an out-of-pocket payment, sign up for a payment plan, or borrow federal loans, in July, if there will be a remaining balance due.

Expecting a refund from financial aid loan funds? The easiest way to receive your refund is by signing up for Web Refund (direct deposit). Find out how at bursar.arizona.edu/refunds/options.

Looking for more information on a payment plan, how to make payments, or sending funds from your 529 plan or a third party? Visit bursar.arizona.edu/payment to learn more. 

Do you have other questions? That’s okay too! Check out our FAQs and policy pages to find answers to topics such as Qualified Tuition Reduction (QTR), Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal help, loans, verification, and more. 

Important Information

The following informational links will help you prepare for your college career at The University of Arizona.

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