Student Financial Services Financial Aid
Information For: Prospective Students Current Undergraduates Graduate Students Parents
Graduate Students

2013-2014 Academic Year

General Information

All fellowships, assistantships, and other grants and scholarship awards available to graduate students are administered by the various University departments or schools. Students seeking financial aid should apply directly to their department or school for assistance first before considering Federal financial aid programs and alternative loans.

•   In general, graduate students may receive up to $20,500 in Federal Direct (Unsubsidized) Student Loans for each loan year.  The award period for these programs are Fall 2013/Spring 2014 (Loan Year One) and Summer 2014 (Loan Year Two). 
•   Students may receive a Graduate PLUS loan or a private loan for up to the difference between the student’s budget and any other resources including Direct Student Loans.
•   Please note that the total of all financial assistance, including departmental awards, tuition remission and employer contribution, cannot exceed the estimated Cost of Attendance Budget.

How To Apply

  1. Apply for a U.S. Department of Education personal identification number (PIN) if you don't already have one. Your PIN will allow you to electronically "sign" financial aid applications and federal loan promissory notes. Apply for a PIN online at

  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2013-14.

    MS/MIT students must also complete the 2014-15 FAFSA after January 1, 2014 to be eligible for Summer 2014 financial aid. The FAFSA is available at

    The University of Virginia's school code for the FAFSA is 003745.

  3. Submit a University of Virginia Financial Aid Application.

    This application is available on-line in the Student Center of the Student Information System.   Students are encouraged to print out and complete the Graduate Financial Aid Application Worksheet to assist the student in completing the on-line application. 

    You will receive an e-mail from the Graduate School to which you have applied supplying your log in instructions.  Once you have received that information, log in using your University computing ID, and the password you created.  Once in the system, click on Self Service.  Then click on the link to the Student Center.   Go to the Finances section and find the link to Apply Financial Aid for 2013-2014. DO NOT COMPLETE THE CSS/PROFILE APPLICATION, AS THIS WILL DELAY THE PROCESSING OF YOUR FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION.

  4. Some students will be notified by e-mail or in writing that they have been selected for verification. If you have been selected for verification our office is required to verify the information you reported on your FAFSA. Additional instructions will follow if you have been selected.

  5. Do NOT submit copies of your most recent tax documents unless you are specifically instructed to do so by our office.

What Happens Next?

Your FAFSA will be sent to us electronically. We will review it, and if necessary, request additional documentation to verify your information. Once we receive and review all of your information, we will post your award information on the SIS, detailing your financial aid package.

Receiving Outside Scholarships

If you anticipate you will receive outside scholarships, you must notify us when completing the University Financial Aid Application.

Non-University awards include all scholarships and grants awarded by agencies other than our office, such as Tuition Benefits/Reimbursements, and any scholarships or grants awarded by churches, fraternities & sororities, corporations, professional or civic organizations.




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