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The Financial Aid Office can help make a degree financially possible for every qualified USU student. However, federal financial aid is just one part of a payment strategy that should include money saved by the family and student for attending school as well as scholarships and waivers. Grants, student loans, parent loans, and work-study funds are offered to students who qualify to help increase access to higher education. All the information you need for applying for federal aid can be found here.


About USU Financial Aid

2018-19 Work Study Information - PDF

2018-19 FAFSA - Full Walkthrough - video tutorial

2017-18 FAFSA - Full Walkthrough - video tutorial

How to Accept Your Financial Aid Award - video tutorial

How to Create Your FSA ID - video tutorial

FAFSA Fears, Myths, and Urban Legends - StepUp

FAFSA – IRS Data Retrieval Tips and Tricks - StepUp

Frequently Asked Questions about FSAID - PDF

Checking On Your Financial Aid Application

  • We send out 2017-18 financial aid offers or other instructions to fully admitted students by email generally one week after submitting the FAFSA.
  • More information about your status can be reviewed on MyUSU - after you login, click on the Banner button, click on the "Financial Aid (FAFSA) Menu" and click on the "To-Do List."
  • Financial aid is accepted through the MyUSU website. Students should first review the Terms and Conditions of financial aid to know their responsibilities when accepting financial aid.

Your Right to Privacy

To protect your right to privacy, we use your SecurityPhrase to verify your identity when you call us. Please take a moment to create your SecurityPhrase. Because email isn't secure, we can only answer general questions by email.


Financial Aid News

Spring 2018 Deadlines

  • Wed, Dec 13: Tuition and Fee payment deadline
    Any difference between accepted financial aid and spring charges must be paid by this date to avoid losing your courses
  • Mon, Jan 8: USU Eastern Tuition and Fee payment deadline
    Any difference between accepted financial aid and spring charges must be paid by this date to avoid late fee.
  • Jan 8 - Jan 29: Grants will increase or decrease based on enrollment
  • Wed, Jan 24: Last day to submit an academic progress appeal for spring 2018 federal aid
  • Mon, Jan 29: Last day to register for courses in fall term and still receive grants, if otherwise eligible
    Any courses registered after this date do not qualify for an increase in grants
  • Mon, Jan 29: Adjustments made to cost of attendance based on enrollment level at the end of this day

 Fall 2017 Deadlines

  • Fri, Dec 8: Last day for a professional judgment appeal to be received in the financial aid office
  • Fri, Dec 8: Last day to process a Parent PLUS loan (You must have been awarded before this date!)
  • Fri, Dec 8: Last day to accept Direct loans for students only attending fall semester (You must have been awarded before this date!)
  • Fri, Dec 15: Last day to submit your 2017-18 FAFSA if you are only attending fall semester and are eligible for a Federal Pell grant. If you are selected for verification, all verification tasks must be submitted by April 1, 2018. 



Keep your email address up to date on MyUSU

We send email notices when you are awarded or when you need to know or submit something that affects your funding. MyUSU

Financial Aid Comes with Strings Attached

To keep your aid, you must meet a minimum total institution GPA and course completion standards. Please review USU's Financial Aid's Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

Federal Pell Grant - For a Limited Time Only

Students who have received 12 or more full-time semesters of Federal Pell grant are no longer eligible for Federal Pell funding. Some Federal Pell grant awards may be reduced or cancelled as we receive updates from the U.S. Department of Education. We will notify ineligible recipients of any changes or cancellations.

Subsidized Direct Loans have new rules

There are some important changes in the way Direct subsidized loans will be offered to encourage students to graduate on-time. These regulations apply to all first-time or zero-balance borrowers and went into effect July 1, 2013. You will need to familiarize yourself with these changes in order to plan out your education.

Why Form 1098-T is Important to You?

An education credit helps with the cost of higher education by reducing the amount of tax owed on your tax return. Based on both anecdotal information and data from the IRS we believe many students and their families do not take advantage of these tax credits that could save them thousands of dollars. Please take a moment to review important information about your 1098T form at

Student Loan Servicing

To keep track of your loan balance and servicer information, go to the National Student Loan Data System – click on "Financial Aid Review" to log in with your FSA ID.

Financial Aid and Academic Participation

All students receiving financial aid are expected to participate in their courses, pass them, and graduate. Students who withdraw from or fail courses are required to document participation to avoid repaying their financial aid. Please note, students who withdraw from or fail all their classes may still have to return a portion of their financial aid even if they document participation.

Federal Perkins Loan Servicing

USU's Federal Perkins Loans are now being serviced by UNISA instead of ACS:

Phone: (800) 875-8910



  FAFSADon't pay for FAFSA! Our office offers help with FAFSA preparation and submission for free.