Frequently Asked Questions
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During the Term
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Hopefully you have. Here are some suggestions:
- Check Duckweb to make sure your enrollment level is full-time. If you will not be attending full time, contact our office.
- Check Duckweb to make sure you have completed all financial aid requirements.
- Carefully review the financial aid checklist on our website.
Because of federal loan limits, students may not have enough federal funds to cover all tuition, room and board, books, supplies, and personal expenses. If students are looking for a source of aid to replace the offered Parent PLUS Loan, students have the option of applying for an Alternative Student Loan.
If a parent applies for the parent loan and is denied, they have the option of pursuing the loan with the help of a co-signer. However, if the parent writes to our office that they will not pursue the loan with a co-signer, the student may submit a written request for additional unsubsidized loans. Note that federal loan limits determine the amount of additional unsubsidized loans.
If you do not have enough federal aid to cover all costs associated with attending the University of Oregon, we recommend speaking with a counselor in our office during drop-in hours.
Not only must you apply for financial aid, but you must meet specific criteria to be eligible for aid. This includes eligibility requirements, rights and responsibilities, and aggregate Pell Grant and loan limits.
The financial information reported on the FAFSA cannot be updated. If there are unique circumstances such as the loss of a job, a large reduction in income, extraordinary medical expenses, etc, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships. Unique circumstances may be reviewed by our office on a case by case basis.
Financial Aid typically pays to your University of Oregon Student Account prior to the start of each term. If your financial aid is greater than the amount owed on your student account, a refund is issued. To check the disbursement date for a given term, use the University of Oregon's Academic Calendar.
If this date has come and you have not received your aid, see the most common reasons below:
- You are set up for full time aid, but are not registered for enough credits.
- You are not making Satisfactory Academic Progress.
- You have not completed all requirements to be eligible for aid. Check Duckweb.
- Your aid has paid, but was not larger than your bill. Check Duckweb.
- If it is not a reason above, contact our office.
If you withdraw from school you may be expected to repay a portion of your financial aid. According to a formula prescribed by federal regulations, any refundable amount used to pay tuition and fees or for university housing is returned to the appropriate financial aid sources. You are also required to complete Exit Counseling.
As a recipient of financial aid you must make Satisifactory Academic Progress. If you drop a course it may impact your eligibility for financial aid. If you change your enrollment level before the census date, your aid will be revised accordingly.
If you are graduating, see our flyer about graduating from the University of Oregon. If you are leaving the UO and have borrowed student loans see our loan repayment page.
See our loan repayment page for detailed information about repayment options, forgiveness programs, and consolidation.
You can access your aggregate student loan borrowing at the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).