Office of Financial Aid
Welcome to the University of the District of Columbia’s Office of Financial Aid. We are committed to helping students bridge the gap between their personal resources and the cost of attending school. We strive to maintain the highest standards of customer service to our students, staff, administration and the entire community.
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Please contact our help hub at (202) 274-5941 or visit www.studentservices.udc.edu for assistance. Alternatively, you may email us at email@example.com. Please be sure to include your full name and student id number with your email inquiry. You can expect a reply to your email within 1 to 2 business days.
Fall 2022 Semester – Important Financial Aid Information and Dates
|Financial Aid Materials and Supplies Authorization Period||Thursday, August 18th – Wednesday, August 31st|
|Follett All Access Program (Books) Opt Out Deadline||N/A-University is Covering the Cost of books for the fall 2022 semester|
|Opt Out Link (N/A-Charge Waived Fall 2022 Semester)|
|COVID Vaccination Submission Deadline||Friday, August 12th|
|(Note: In person classes will be dropped for students who do not adhere to this deadline)|
|Classes Begin||Monday, August 22nd|
|Late Registration and Add/Drop Period||Monday, August 22nd-Sunday, August 28th|
|($150 Late Registration Fee Waived)|
|Attendance Verification Window (Instructors and Professors)||Monday, August 29th-Saturday, September 3rd|
|Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal (Visit my.udc.edu, select Quicklaunch then StudentForms)||Tuesday, August 30th|
|Monday, August 29th|
|Deadline to Apply for Residency (DC or Metro Tuition Rate)|
|Financial Aid Disbursements**||Tuesday, September 6th|
|Allow the Office of Student Accounts up to 14 days to process and issue any refund that may be due to you.|
|Window to opt out of University sponsored Health Insurance ($1,488) *** www.firststudent.com||Monday, August 1st – Tuesday September 13th|
|Financial Aid Exit Counseling for Spring Graduates www.studentloans.gov||Wednesday, November 30th|
|Required of all students who have borrowed Federal Student Loans while attending UDC.|
|Deadline to Accept Fall Financial Aid Award Offer||Friday, December 2nd|
|myUDC Account: my.udc.edu|
|*Submission of an SAP Appeal does not guarantee approval.|
|**Once aid has disbursed to your MyUDC account my.udc.edu, allow the Office of Student Accounts up to 14 days to process and issue any refund that may be due to you.|
|***If your health insurance waiver is approved, the Office of Student Accounts will remove the health insurance premium from your student account.|
|Note: The above calendar is inclusive of student services dates only, please visit https://www.udc.edu/registrar/academic-calendars/ to view the academic calendar.|
*Submission of an SAP Appeal does not guarantee approval.
**Once aid has disbursed to your myUDC account my.udc.edu, allow the Office of Student Accounts up to 14 days to process and issue any refund that may be due to you.
***If your health insurance waiver is approved, the Office of Student Accounts will remove the health insurance premium from your student account.
Note: The above calendar is inclusive of student services dates only, please visit https://www.udc.edu/registrar/academic-calendars/ to view the academic calendar.
Frequently Asked Financial Aid Questions (FAQs)
To apply for most financial aid, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available each year beginning October 1st. The application is used to determine federal, state, and institutional aid. You may apply at www.fafsa.gov. Please list our School Code 007015 to ensure we receive your application electronically.
Please monitor your myUDC portal, my.udc.edu, for additional information and/or documentation requests. Students are encouraged to submit any supporting documents through their StudentForms Account, which may be accessed through the MyUDC portal. All documentation should be submitted by the priority deadline. See the website https://www.udc.edu/admissions/financial-aid/ to ensure your aid is processed on time. Alternatively, documents may be faxed to our office at 202.274.6060, or by email (with your signature) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Processing times vary. All applications are reviewed in the order received. Students who meet our priority application deadline are generally processed before the start of classes. You may view the priority application deadline by visiting our important information and dates page at https://www.udc.edu/admissions/financial-aid/. Monitor your myUDC portal for updates.
You can view the specific reason your document is incomplete by signing into your StudentForms Account and clicking on the tasks. Other messages may be viewed on the important messages tab in your myUDC account. Should you have any questions once you have reviewed the messages tab, please contact our office at 202.274.5157, or email@example.com. Remember that documents may be returned by fax to 202.274.6060, or emailed (with your signature) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes. However, students who do not meet the priority application deadline are strongly encouraged to make payment arrangements to ensure your classes are not dropped for non-payment. You may make payment arrangements at https://www.udc.edu/registrar/office-of-student-accounts/.
MPN’s and EC are completed and submitted through an external system (www.studentloans.gov). Upon successful submission, the University will receive electronic confirmation of completion within 48 hours, or once your loan is originated.
Each semester, financial aid is applied after the 100% withdrawal refunds period, and once instructors have verified attendance. You may view this date by visiting our important information and dates page at https://www.udc.edu/admissions/financial-aid/.
From the date your refunds disburse to your student account (myUDC portal), please allow up to 14 days for the assurance of any refund that may be due to you. If you have a bank account, we encourage you to set up direct deposit of your refund. Find direct deposit setup instructions at http://docs.udc.edu/fa/MyUDC-Portal-Direct-Deposit-Steps.pdf. It is imperative that you ensure that bank account information and/or mailing address is correct in your myUDC account prior to your funds disbursing. Should you need to adjust your address, please complete a Change of Address Request Form, http://docs.udc.edu/registrar/ChangeAddress.pdf. Return it to the Registrar’s Office. More questions regarding the status of your refund once the money is reflected on your student account? Contact the Student Account’s Office at 202.274.5168.
All students are automatically charged health insurance at the time of registration. You may opt out of the University plan by visiting www.firststudent.com. Please visit https://www.udc.edu/health-services/student-health-insurance-plan/ to confirm the opt-out deadline. If you have any questions about the status of this charge being removed from your account after your health insurance waiver is approved, please contact Student Accounts at 202.274.5168.
The University has transformed the way course materials are delivered. The Follett Access Textbook Program takes the hassle out of buying course material. The costs of materials are covered as part of the Follett All-Access Fee ($34 per credit hour). That allows every enrolled student access to all required materials by the first day of school. Click HERE to learn more.
All students are opted into the program, but that does not mean all students have sufficient aid to cover the charge. Financial aid will cover the fee if all other student requirements are met:
- Financial aid awarded/accepted must exceed tuition/fees (credit balance). You may view aid award/accepted and balance due by signing into your myUDC portal, my.udc.edu.
- Must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), https://www.udc.edu/admissions/financial-aid/satisfactory-academic-progress-policy/
- Have completed a Title IV Authorization Release for Non-Institutional Charges authorizing the University to utilize your credit balance to pay for the charges incurred at the bookstore. That task can be completed through your myUDC portal.
The Follett All-Access Program is open to all enrolled students, but the Financial Aid Book Authorization is only available to eligible students. All students are automatically opted in at the time of registration regardless of financial aid eligibility and charged $34 per credit hour for participation in the program. The charge will appear under Follett All-Access Bookstore on your student account at myUDC portal, my.udc.edu. For more information about this program, please visit https://www.udc.edu/enrollment-management/follett-access-textbook-program/ .
Yes. Eligible students may purchase additional materials and supplies with the bookstore through Financial Aid Materials and Supplies Authorization. That allowance works much like the previous Financial Aid Book Authorization. Eligible students will receive an approval notice from email@example.com (do not reply account) that will include next steps and time frame authorization. Note: Please note that during the global pandemic, the bookstore may not be open to students. However, purchases may be made online through https://www.bkstr.com/districtofcolumbiastore/home by eligible students through their Financial Aid Materials and Supplies Authorization.
Students are automatically opted into the program each semester and may also opt out each semester. If you elect to opt out, do so by the specified deadline, noted at https://accessportal.follett.com/0742 .
Follett All-Access is not a mandatory fee. The DCUP Scholarship (a presidential-level scholarship) only covers tuition and required fees. If you elect to participate in the program, you will be responsible for the Follett All-Access Bookstore charge. If you have other sources of aid in addition to your scholarship, your other aid may cover the charge.
Attention Transfer Applicants to UDC who will seek Financial Aid
If you have or will request Financial Aid (via FAFSA), the University requires— for financial aid purposes — verification of high school completion.
In addition to your college transcripts, please submit a high school transcript or GED transcript to complete your admissions application. This applies to Transfer applicants who intend to request UDC Financial Aid. You will be denied packaging for Financial Aid if your high school transcript is not on file!
Virtual FAFSA Completion Assistance Available
Please contact Our Community Partner, The Educational Opportunity Center to schedule your appointment.
*Please leave a voice mail message and a representative will return your call.
Schedule a Virtual Appointment
Students who need to speak with a Financial Aid Counselor may click on the below link that corresponds to their last name to make an appointment.
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