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Office of Student Financial Aid

We are your resource for financial aid support as you apply, make your college decision and pursue your degree at UA.


81% of our undergraduates receive some form of financial aid.


Here are the forms you will need, plus advice about the best ways to send your information securely.

Need help?

We are here to answer your questions by phone, email, chat and one-on-one appointments.


A financial aid expert helping a student with a question about loans over the phone

Meet with one of our financial aid experts virtually.

We are happy to answer your questions about financial aid, scholarships, loans and more.

The University of Akron
Office of Student Financial Aid
202 Simmons Hall 
Akron, OH 44325-6211

 Walk-in advising is temporarily suspended because of COVID. Here are the best ways to reach us:

Phone 330-972-7032
Toll-free 1-800-621-3847
Online support all hours 24/7/365 Support Center
Fax 330-972-7139
A student studies in her dorm room

UA reduces costs for students, makes college more affordable

UA will not seek a tuition increase for the 2021-22 academic year and will take steps to reduce on-campus housing rates for all students by 30%, which would lower the cost of attending UA for students living on campus by more than $2,500 on average.

When including the cost of tuition, fees, books and other personal expenses, the overall reduction in the cost of education for students residing on campus will be 9%. See details.

Financial aid and summer classes

Summer financial aid will be awarded to students who have completed the 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have enrolled in summer courses. Please be aware if you are eligible for grants or college work-study, these funds will be automatically awarded based on your summer enrollment.

Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford and Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans are limited to an annual amount. This means federal loans used in the summer will reduce your loan eligibility in the fall and spring. Loans are not automatically awarded, and an email will be sent with instructions on how to apply for a summer loan.

Summer financial aid will be awarded before the posting of spring grades. If you are not meeting Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress once spring grades post, you will need to submit an appeal. The appeal must be reviewed and approved to be eligible for any summer aid that has been awarded to you.

More information about summer financial aid.

A student who received financial aid working on his laptop

UA waives enrollment and GPA requirements for University-awarded scholarships

We know your grades may be lower because of changes to instruction due to COVID. UA is waiving the full-time enrollment and GPA requirements for University-awarded scholarships for spring 2021.

This will prevent students from losing their scholarships if they withdraw or did not achieve the necessary grades.

Federal and state financial aid (grants and loans) requirements remain in place; however, the U.S. Department of Education has provided guidance to schools allowing provisions for students who withdrew from all classes due to COVID-19.

The University will continue to monitor financial aid requirements at the state and federal levels and share updates as warranted. We remain invested in fulfilling our promises to our students. Any student needing financial advising should contact our Office of Student Financial Aid.

A student who received financial aid working on his laptop


We're here for you all hours

Get immediate help with your financial aid anytime by calling 330-972-7032 or by visiting our online Financial Aid Support Center. We'll be happy to answer your questions about FAFSA, scholarships, loans and more.

A student who submitted her fafsa before Dec 1 to gain more financial aid


FAFSA is available now

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an online form you fill out to determine if you are eligible for federal student aid. Completing and submitting the application is free. We also use it to determine state and school aid. We recommend you complete it every year you are in school, regardless of your financial situation.

The FAFSA for the academic year that starts July 1, 2021 (covering summer 2021, fall 2021 and spring 2022) is now available on


  • The earlier you file, the more aid you are likely to receive.
  • Be sure to include UA’s school code: 003123 .
  • See step-by-step instructions about how to apply for and receive financial aid at Akron.

NEW: We're offering an automatic $500 scholarship to every student who applies for admissions and completes the FAFSA by Dec. 1. How to complete the FAFSA in seven steps.

Timing of financial aid award letters

We expect to start mailing 2021-22 financial aid award letters for new freshmen in February.

For continuing students, award notifications will be sent by email in late-March/early-April.

Is it too late for file for FAFSA for 2021-22?

No! Applications received after the Dec. 1 priority deadline will still be eligible for federal aid such as the Pell Grant and Direct Loans. Applicants after Dec. 1 will be considered for university-administered funds, such as the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and Federal Work-Study, only after students who met the Dec. 1 deadline are awarded.