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.


Firebirds We are Available to Serve You Remotely!

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University is closed to in-person visits until further notice.  You may email the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@udc.edu or leave a voice mail message on 202.274.5157.  Please be sure to include your full name and student id number with your inquiry.  You can expect a reply to your email or a return call within 1 to 2 business days.  We thank you in advance for your patience.


Fall 2020 Semester – Important Financial Aid Information and Dates

Priority deadline to submit all required Financial Aid Documents*
my.udc.edu    

Friday, June 26th

Window to opt out of University sponsored Health Insurance ($1,353) *** www.firststudent.com                                                                           

Thursday, July 23th -Wednesday, September 30th

Follett All Access Program (Books) Opt Out Deadline
https://www.udc.edu/enrollment-management/follett-access-textbook-program/
Opt Out Link
https://accessportal.follett.com/0742

Saturday, August 8th – Tuesday, September 15th

Fall 2020 Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Suspension Notices Issued by Email & Available to View in the MyUDC portal,  my.udc.edu    

Friday, August 14th

Financial Aid Materials and Supplies Authorization Period*    
www.udcshop.com                               

Saturday, August 15th- Tuesday, September 15th

New Student Orientation
MyUDC, my.udc.edu (Blackboard)
https://www.udc.edu/orientation/

Tuesday, August 18th- Thursday, September 3rd

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal Submission Deadline**
my.udc.edu    

Friday, August 28th

Classes Begin 

Tuesday, September 8th

Late Registration and Add/Drop Period
($150 Late Registration Imposed)

Tuesday, September 8th- Monday, September 14th

Attendance Verification Window
(Instructors and Professors)

Tuesday, September 8th- Monday, September 21st

Deadline to Apply for Residency (DC or Metro Tuition Rate)                                 
Policy http://docs.udc.edu/admissions/UDC-Guidance-for-Student-Residency-Classification-for-Tuition-Purposes-effective-8-1-19.pdf
Document Submission- residency@udc.edu   

Friday, September 11th

Financial Aid Disbursements****

Allow the Office of Student Accounts up to 14 days to process and issue any refund that may be due to you.  

 

Standard Term Classes (Fall/Spring Awardees): Tuesday, September 22nd
Fall Semester Only Loan Recipients (2 Disbursements Required): 1st disbursement-Tuesday, September 22nd & tentative 2nd disbursement date Friday, October 30th
First Year (less than 30crs), First Time Loan Borrowers Thursday, October 8th
Late Starting Classes: Dates vary and are contingent upon class start date.
Deadline to Pay Balance or Bring Balance to $1,000 Threshold through MyUDC portal, my.udc.edu  or enroll in payment plan (NEW PROVIDER LINK WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON). For more information, please email the Office of Student Accounts at studentaccounts@udc.edu.

Thursday, October 1st

Classes Dropped for Non-Payment
Students may seek course reinstatement Friday, October 2nd through October 7th.  Please note that $150 reinstatement fee (late fee will be assessed)

Friday, October 2nd

Financial Aid Exit Counseling for Fall Graduates www.studentloans.gov
Required of all students who have borrowed Federal Student Loans while attending UDC.

Monday, November 30th – Friday, December 11th

Deadline to Accept Fall 2020 Financial Aid Award Offer
MyUDC Account: my.udc.edu    

Friday, December 4th

* We cannot guarantee an award offer will be made prior to the start of classes, aid will disburse on scheduled disbursement date (September 22nd) or that your classes will not be dropped for non-payment for students who do not meet the financial aid priority application deadline. Students are strongly encouraged to make alternative payment arrangements while their file is under review.

 **Submission of an SAP Appeal does not guarantee approval.  In the interim of your decision being rendered, please make the necessary payment arrangements for tuition/fee’s and books.

***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)

How do I apply for financial aid?

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.

I have completed my FAFSA. Are there other documents to be completed?

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 fadocs@udc.edu.

I submitted all my documents. myUDC portal indicates my documents are pending review of a counselor. How long will it take for my award to be processed?

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.

. I checked my myUDC account, and one of my documents is marked incomplete. Why?

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 finaid@udc.edu.  Remember that documents may be returned by fax to 202.274.6060, or emailed (with your signature) to fadocs@udc.edu.

I did not meet the priority application deadline for financial aid. May I still apply?

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/.

I completed my Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Loan Entrance Counseling (EC) requirements, but myUDC account still reflects a required status?

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.

When will my aid be applied to my tuition/fees?

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/.

When will I receive my refund?

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.

I have my own health insurance. Why I am being charged for the UDC-sponsored plan?

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.

What is the Follett All-Access Program?

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.

Will my financial aid cover the Follett All-Access Bookstore charge?

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.
What is the difference between the Follett All-Access Program and Financial Aid Book Authorizations?

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/ .

I need additional supplies aside from those my instructor has specified through the Follett All-Access Program. Can I utilize my pending financial aid funds to make additional purchases for items such as printers, notebooks, and other supplies?

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 udcfinaid@udc.edu (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.

I do not wish to participate in the Follett All-Access Program, how do I opt out?

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 .

Will my scholarship or funding from a third party agency cover the Follett All-Access fee?

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.

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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.

202.741.4730

*Please leave a voice mail message and a representative will return your call.

Mailing Address

Flagship Community College
4200 Connecticut Ave. NW
Bldg. 39, Suite A-133
Washington, DC 20008
801 North Capitol St. NE
Lobby Level
Washington, DC 20002

Hours of Operation

8:30-5:00 (M-F)

Contact Us

Phone 202.274.5157
Fax 202.274.6060
Email finaid@udc.edu