Office of Student Financial Aid

Office of Student Financial Aid

Financial Aid is a process you can begin as early as your senior year in high school. Don't wait until you get to orientation, or you may lose out.

This site has all the information you need to get started with your financial aid applications and learn about the process of using aid to pay for college.


More Scholarships for More Students


The University of Akron has committed more dollars this year to providing more scholarships to more students. Changes in how students are permitted to use refunds of scholarship dollars were announced in January and February to students, staff and faculty. Still, questions continue and it is apparent that individuals who are expressing criticism are perhaps unaware of the reasoning behind these changes or how they are intended to benefit as many students as possible and strengthen The University of Akron.


Scholarship dollars distributed by UA are designed to help students pay for their education and on campus expenses -- specifically classes, general fees and on-campus room and board. University administration and our Board of Trustees recognize that more and more students need scholarship dollars to pursue their studies and earn a degree. The best way to make scholarship dollars available to more students is to ensure that the dollars available are used for educational purposes. Students can still use ALL scholarship dollars they earn for tuition and fees and on-campus housing and meal plans. We know that on-campus housing contributes to student academic success. And even if students choose to live off campus at their own expense, they can still apply scholarship dollars toward a campus meal plan.

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NEW FOR 2014-15

Don’t miss out: Making college more affordable

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Video: Answers to your questions

Michelle Ellis, executive director of financial aid, and Greg Landis, associate director of admisions, answer your questions.

This year, The University of Akron launched several new scholarship initiatives to help more students afford the cost of college. We have more scholarships available than ever before—and more options to meet many of our students’ needs. 

Here’s what you need to know for 2014 summer and fall admission:

  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) today! Even if you don’t think you will qualify for aid, we encourage you to complete the FAFSA. Most people do qualify for something. (Please note: UA’s school code is 003123).

    Students who met the March 1 priority application date will be considered for every requested financial aid program for which they may be eligible and for which there are available funds. Students who do not meet the priority application date will not be considered for federal university-administered funds, such as Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work-Study, and Federal Perkins Loan, unless there are funds remaining. You can file the FAFSA even if your taxes are not completed. Use estimates and apply by the priority date. Make your corrections after you file your tax return.
  • Undergraduate student scholarship awards from the University or its colleges are applied toward expenses reflected on your UA bill. There will be no refunds of scholarship dollars that exceed the cost of tuition, fees and on-campus room and board.
  • Continuing students who are selected by the federal processor for verification of information will no longer receive verification materials by mail. Please check your My Akron account to review your To Do List.
  • First-time borrowers on or after July 1, 2013 are subject to a time limit on Direct Subsidized Loans. Learn more.
  • Student advisory: No need to pay for financial aid services.

Office of Student Financial Aid

The University of Akron
Office of Student Financial Aid
Simmons Hall 
Akron, OH 44325-6211
Toll-free 1-800-621-3847
Phone 330-972-7032
Fax 330-972-7139
Email finaid@uakron.edu
In person Student Services Center