Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

No, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), is a FREE application and does not include an expense for completion. You should use the following link to complete your application: FAFSA Application
Your FSA ID is used to access your FAFSA. You should create your FSA ID on the following website: Create Your FSA ID
  • The FAFSA should be completed every year that a student wishes to be considered for Federal financial aid. The FAFSA is available October 1 each year for the next academic year.
  • USF's priority deadline to submit the FAFSA is January 1st of each year.
  • USF's FAFSA School Code: 001537
Eligibility for most financial aid is based upon demonstrated need for the student and their family. Need is determined using the information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • If you are a graduate/professional student you are considered an “Independent Student” under the criteria of the Dept. of Education. The level of support from parents will not affect your eligibility for Federal financial aid.
  • If you do not meet the Federal financial aid criteria to be considered independent, you will need to include parental information. If you have an extenuating circumstances you should contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Yes. A few of the eligibility requirements include:

  • A student must declare a major and be working towards a qualifying certificate or degree.
  • A student must have earned a high school diploma or a GED.
  • A student must also be a US Citizen or an eligible non-citizen (such as a legal non-resident).
  • If a student is in default or has an overpayment on a federal loan or grant they may not be eligible for any financial aid until that debt has been settled.
  • Males that are 18 years of age or older must also be registered with the Selective Service, unless born prior to 1961.
  • Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress per your program's policy.
Yes, IF you are married on the day you are completing your FAFSA you must include your information and your spouse’s information. This rule still applies, if the two of you filed your taxes separately.
Divorced or students living separately from their spouse should not include their income in the FAFSA form. Only include income of your spouse if you are remarried.
The FAFSA covers the Fall, Spring, and (in some cases) the trailing Summer semesters.
  • Federal grants typically are not awarded to graduate/professional students.
  • Bright Futures students with remaining eligibility may use these funds to pay for their education.
  • Florida Pre-Paid may be used as reimbursement with approval.
Yes, you will need to contact the USF Office of Veteran Success. Please visit their website for the most current benefit and contact information.
  • Graduate and Professional students: unsubsidized and Graduate PLUS loans may be used.
  • Undergraduate students: will be considered for subsidized and unsubsidized loans; dependent students may also utilize a parent PLUS loan.
  • Each loan type requires the completion of separate Master Promissory Notes (MPN) and Online Entrance Loan Counseling. If these items are not completed, loan funds will not be disbursed.
  • A Master Promissory Note (MPN) must be completed once every ten (10) years per loan type.
  • The Online Entrance Counseling only requires one (1) time completion per loan type.
  • No, while attending USF Health, previously borrowed and newly requested loans should automatically go into In School Deferment. However, it is best to contact your loan servicer.
  • If required by a loan servicer, In School Deferment forms should be submitted to your program's Registrar to provide enrollment verification.
  • If a student borrows the Graduate PLUS loan, they will need to complete an In School Deferment form, as this loan goes into repayment as soon as it is disbursed.
  • Please find your loan servicer's information on the National Student Loan Data System. This is important to know, because you must repay your loans upon departure from USF Health.
  • Additionally when requested, In School Deferment forms must be completed with your loan servicer. Please obtain the necessary document from your loan servicer and visit your program's Registrar for assistance with your enrollment verification. Otherwise, you run the risk of your previous and newly borrowed loans going into premature repayment.
Apply at www.usf.edu/financial-aid/scholarships for all USF scholarships. There are program-specific scholarships for MD and PharmD students. All applications and supporting materials must be submitted by the scholarship deadline.
  • Students may only borrow up to the designated cost of attendance during the academic year. The cost of attendance includes the estimated costs for tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, commuting, and personal expenses.
  • The lifetime borrowing aggregate amounts are provided below:
    • $57,000 for undergraduate students: No more than $23,000 of this amount may be subsidized loans.
    • $138,500 for graduate students: No more than $65,000 of this amount may be in subsidized loans. The graduate aggregate limit includes all federal loans received for undergraduate study.
    • $224,000 for Health Professions students (Doctor of Pharmacy, graduate in Public Health, Doctor of Chiropractic, Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology, Masters or Doctoral Degree in Health Administration).
  • The aggregate amounts do not include any PLUS loan funds.
  • Use the following link (www.studentaid.gov) to complete the application, Grad PLUS MPN and Entrance Loan Counseling (these required tasks are separate from your unsubsidized loans). Upon submission, students will know immediately if their application is approved or denied.
  • This loan is not renewed automatically. You must reapply every academic year if you wish to borrow these funds.
  • 180 Day Rule: Students should not apply more than 180 days before the start of the academic year. If the application is more than 180 days old, the credit approval is not longer valid, and the student will need to resubmit the application.
  • As for all awarded aid, the amount requested will be divided into two separate even disbursements.
  • If a student is unable to make their tuition payment due to circumstances deemed by the University as exceptional and beyond the control of the students, a Late Fee Waiver should be requested from the USF Health Office of Financial Aid and completed by the Dean of Student Affairs for your program before the payment deadline. Late Fee Waivers will not be honored after the deadline.
  • When a student fails to pay their educational expenses, a late fee will be assessed. If the student's account remains in delinquency, the student will then be removed from class until full payment (tuition and fees with late fee) is received.
  • Students are allowed to pay tuition and fee expenses out of pocket. Please refer to the "Tuition Assessment" communication from your program's Registrar's office for the guidelines of payment submissions.
  • Make sure you have sufficient funds; any returned check(s) will be assessed a fee. This will also delay your payment, causing you to incur additional late fees.
  • At this time, NO PAYMENTS can be made online to USF Health. All payments (check or money order only) must be mailed to the Atlanta Payment Center. Payments must be submitted twice during the academic year. The first payment will be due at the beginning of the academic year and the second payment will be due during the middle of the academic year.
  • Address: USF Health Payment Center, PO Box 947300, Atlanta, GA 30394-7300
    • Please make sure you use the full provided address to ensure that your payment is received. Include your University ID Number (U#) to receive credit for the payment. Students are encouraged to send payments with postal tracking.
  • Financial Aid will be disbursed twice within the academic year.
  • Financial Aid disburses directly to the student. The student is responsible for using their awarded aid to pay their tuition and fees.
  • If a student has an active Direct Deposit, their aid will be received electronically; otherwise a paper check will be mailed to the local permanent mailing address.
You will need to update your address information in OASIS.
  • Yes, you will need to complete a Request to Return Loan Funds Worksheet no later than 14 calendar days from your disbursement date. Contact the Office of Financial Aid to complete this.
  • The amount being returned cannot be greater than the amount that was disbursed.
  • USF will return the funds on the student's behalf and pay the associated fees. The student will need to make their payment payable to USF. The amount due will be displayed in OASIS.
No, your Direct Deposit will remain activated. You will need to make sure that your banking account information is up to date.
  • At this time, appointments are not mandatory. If you have a pressing concern, making an appointment may be to your benefit.
  • For appointments, students should use the E-Scheduler links provided below:
  • You may contact the USF Health Office of Financial Aid team via ServiceNow email.
  • Walk-in services are available:
    • North Tampa Campus: Monday — Friday from 9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m., located in the WELL (MDA) building.
      • Mailing Address: University of South Florida, USF Health Financial Aid, MDC 42, 12901 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612-4799
    • MCOM+HI (MDD Building): Monday — Friday from 9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. (closed for lunch from 1:30 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.)
      • Mailing Address: University of South Florida, USF Health Financial Aid, MDD 54, 560 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602