Applying for Aid

Fill out the FAFSA and Determine Financial Award

You must meet certain eligibility requirements for financial aid. Please review your eligibility status prior to filing your FAFSA. The FAFSA determines your eligibility for all federal student-aid programs and must be filed annually. The FAFSA is filed electronically and requires UNE’s Institution Code (002050). Completing and submitting your FAFSA also requires that you apply for a PIN from the Department of Education.

You may complete the FAFSA before filing your taxes using estimated figures. However, you will need to update your FAFSA once your taxes are completed; the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) may be used to update your information roughly two weeks after you have filed your tax returns.​ A helpful video is available.

After submitting your application, you’ll receive your Electronic Student Aid Report (SAR), which provides helpful information, including potential steps you may need to take.

Notification & Acceptance of Award

Once UNE has received your FAFSA electronically, and any outstanding requirements are submitted, your eligibility for awards will be determined. If your application is complete and you have been accepted into one of UNE’s eligible programs, you will receive a notification via email. If your information is incomplete, you may be required to file corrections before your application can be processed. You will be notified of any outstanding requirements and important financial aid information through UNE email and your U-Online account (UNE’s student portal). We have provided simple instructions to help you determine any outstanding requirements. It is very important that you provide requested documents as quickly as possible to avoid delay in your award.

It is your responsibility to notify us of all financial assistance you will receive from outside sources like private scholarships, tuition waivers, and certain veteran’s educational benefits. Federal regulations require that we consider all other tuition assistance before we calculate the financial aid award UNE can offer you. 

Once you have a completed application and have submitted any outstanding requirements, you will receive email notification that your award is ready to view and accept via U-Online. We have provided simple instructions for accepting your award and viewing important messages.

If you wish to permit Student Financial Services staff to engage in any kind of conversation (i.e. in person, phone or email) regarding your account and financial aid, you will need to complete an “Authorization for Release of Information.” This requirement on your U-Online account only applies if you are authorizing others to speak with us. Choosing not to complete this form will not affect your financial aid.

Disbursement of Funds

Financial Aid funds are scheduled to disburse (pay out) to your account at the start of each semester and are applied to any outstanding charges. Please consult the disbursement schedule to determine when your funds will pay out according to your program's academic calendar. Financial aid funds disburse electronically unless you are notified otherwise.