Financial Aid Key Dates and FAQs

Students are encouraged to bookmark this page to view key dates and deadlines concerning student aid disbursements, living expense distributions, health insurance requirements, etc. 

2024-2025 Financial Aid Key Dates
July 15Student Health Insurance Waiver & Enrollment portal opens
July 23Fall 2024 term bill available through UVAPay (under “Financials > Finance Center” section on SIS)
August 1Accept student loans on SIS, sign promissory notes (one for Unsub loan and one for Grad PLUS loan), complete student loan entrance counseling and sign up for direct deposit.  
August 1Update mailing address / contact information on SIS (ALL STUDENTS)
August 1Student Health Pre-Entrance form due (1L’s and Transfer students)
August 1Coverage begins for students enrolled in the Aetna Student Health Insurance plan
August 19Fall term Financial Aid disburses to the university (living expense funds available approximately 3-10 days later, via direct deposit)
August 21Fall term bill due
August 30Student Health Insurance waiver due
September 30Student Health Insurance premium ($3,877) posts to SIS accounts for students who enrolled in Aetna, failed to enroll or waive coverage, or whose waiver was denied
October 31Student Health Insurance premium ($3,877) due for students enrolled in Aetna Student Health Insurance plan
December 17Spring 2025 term bill available through UVAPay (under “Financials” section on SIS)
January 10, 2025Spring term Financial Aid disburses to the university (living expense funds available approximately 3-10 days later, via direct deposit)
January 15, 2025Spring term bill due
July 31, 2025Coverage ends for students enrolled in the Aetna Student Health Insurance plan

How do I apply for federal student loans?

  • The first step is to complete the 2024-2025 FAFSA.
    • You will use your 2022 tax information on the 2024-2025 FAFSA; not your 2023 tax information.
    • Once your FAFSA has been processed, it typically takes two to three days before we receive it. At that point we are able to determine your eligibility for federal student loans. We will notify you via email once your award letter is available to view in SIS and will provide you with instructions for how to accept your loans. 

How will I know if I received a scholarship and/or if I'm eligible for student loans? 

  • Financial aid awards (scholarships and student loans) are posted in the Student Information System (SIS). You will receive an email notification from the Law School Financial Aid Office to let you know when an award has been posted to your account.  
  • Before logging-in to SIS, admitted students will first need to set up their access
  • To view your award information, first navigate to the "Financials" menu and then to to the "Finance Center".
    • If you see loans listed as part of your financial aid package but do not see a scholarship, it means you were not awarded a scholarship. 
    • If you see a scholarship listed as part of your financial aid package but do not see loans, it is typically because we have not yet received your FAFSA or there are additional requirements you need to complete before we can determine your eligibility.  Once we receive this information, we will update your aid package to reflect your loan eligibility. If you completed your FAFSA more than one week ago and were not offered student loans, please let us know. 

How do I accept the federal student loans that I was offered?

  • Financial aid awards (scholarships and student loans) are posted in the Student Information System (SIS). 
    • Below is the navigation path in SIS where you can go to view/accept/decline your loans:
    • Login to SIS --> Financials  --> Finance Center  --> View Financial Aid (select 2025)  --> Accept/Decline Awards  --> Save/Submit

If I was awarded student loans, what should I do next?

If I requested financial aid in excess of tuition and fees (to cover living expenses) how will I get the refund?

  • Sign up for direct deposit. Navigate to the "Financials" section in SIS and click on the link to "Finance Center".  From there you will see a link to "Sign Up for Direct Deposit."

Where can I get more information about using my military benefits?

Do I need to complete the CSS Profile?

  • The CSS Profile is not required for you to be awarded federal student loans or merit-based institutional scholarships.
  • All admitted applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships, and no separate application is required.
  • Admitted applicants who would like the Scholarship Committee to also consider their financial need must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS Profile by the priority deadline of February 9, 2024.
  • Parental financial information is required on the CSS Profile for unmarried students who are 28 or younger at the time the application is submitted. Even if your parent(s) will not be contributing financially to your law school education, parental financial information is required.