Financial Aid Timelines

Timelines for applying for financial aid are listed here with links for more information about each step in the application process.

ENTERING STUDENT TIMELINE

For prospective students entering U-M for Fall Term, the financial aid application process begins the school year before enrollment.  See New Undergraduates for more detailed information about applying for aid.

September—June:

  • Apply for scholarships from private sources such as banks and churches, local companies and organizations, and special interest organizations. See Private Scholarships for more information including a list of free scholarship search engines.

October—February:

January—April:

  • The U-M Office of Financial Aid begins notifying entering students by email when U-M financial aid award notices are available on Wolverine Access. You will need a U-M uniqname or Friend Account to access your award notices online.
  • U-M must receive your FAFSA records from the federal processor by April 30 to consider you for federal financial aid programs.  If you are applying for institutional grants, we must also have your CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE by this date.

May—July:

  • Complete loan promissory notes (if applicable). You will receive emails with directions.
  • If you plan to attend U-M, you must pay your enrollment deposit by May 1.
  • If you were required to submit additional documents to apply for aid, U-M must receive them by June 1 to consider you for all financial aid programs.

August—September:

  • Students receive their bills for Fall term.
  • Students receive their financial aid for Fall term.

CONTINUING STUDENT TIMELINE

Continuing students should begin planning for next year in the fall of the current academic year.

September—June:

  • Apply for scholarships from private sources such as banks and churches, local companies and organizations, and special interest organizations. See Private Scholarships for more information including a list of free scholarship search engines.

October—March:

To apply for aid for the next academic year (Fall and Winter terms):

To apply for aid for Spring and/or Summer terms of this year:

  • Complete a Spring/Summer Request for Funds (RFF) or a Study Abroad Financial Aid Request, which are available on February 1 each year. See Current Undergraduates under "How to Apply for Aid" for more information and links to the RFF or navigate to the forms page. Generally the application deadline is in late March.
  • If you are studying abroad, you will complete a Study Abroad Financial Aid Request and not an Request for Funds form. See this web page for study abroad information.

April—May—June:

  • Our office must receive your processed FAFSA from the federal processor by April 30 in order to consider you for all aid programs (allow three to four weeks for processing). 
  • Check Wolverine Access to see if you need to submit additional application documents.
  • If we request additional documents or forms for verification  purposes, our office must receive them from you by June 1  (they must be received, not just postmarked by this date) to consider you for all aid programs.
  • Complete loan promissory notes (if applicable). You will receive emails with directions.
  • Financial aid award notification begins in May, once all application information is received in our office.

August—September:

  • Students receive their bills for Fall term.
  • Students receive their financial aid for Fall term.

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