Student Financial Services oversees the functions of financial aid and billing at the University of Delaware. In doing so, we are able to help students and their families take a holistic look at financing their UD educations. Our professional advisors are trained to answer questions from educational costs, to institutional and federal financing options, to finalizing aid requirements, to paying the student accounts, to preparing to leave the University in good financial standing. It is our hope that you take advantage of our organizations and the resources we make available to you.
Our goal is to make a UD education as affordable as possible for you. Students and their families will generally rely on a combination of scholarships, need-based grants, loans, and personal resources to finance their education. Generally, students only need to submit an admission application to be considered for scholarships. Those looking for need-based grants or federal loans will need to file the Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA).
The University of Delaware makes Financial Aid Award Notices (FAAN) available to all students online through their customized My Blue Hen Home portal during the admission cycle (starting around mid-March for fall admits), and later on My Finances, UD's online billing/financing system. There you will find comprehensive information regarding your financial aid eligibility.
The information on this site is designed to provide you with an overview of financing options, key dates, and general information to explore how to finance your UD education.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Applying for financial aid can be a very simple and easy process. Admissions will determine your eligibility for merit-based awards. For need-based aid, it all begins with the FAFSA. Students and their families can apply for the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Both the student and parent must have a personal identification number (PIN) from the U.S. Department of Education to complete the FAFSA, and you can apply for your PIN at www.pin.ed.gov. Make sure you include the University of Delaware's school code (001431) on your FAFSA. For additional information on completing the FAFSA, click here.
Students should complete the FAFSA after January 1st but before February 15th (in order to be notified of need-based aid eligibility in mid-March). Note that families can use projected income numbers and then update the FAFSA based on actual numbers at a later date.
That's it! The University will then receive your information electronically from the federal government and notify you of your aid eligibility once we have determined it.
From there, each year you wish to be considered for need-based aid you will submit your FAFSA for the subsequent year.
Do you need an answer to a question or would you like to contact an SFS Advisor? Click here to get your answer.
Finalizing Your Aid
For families who would like additional information on finalizing their financial aid, please click here for next steps.
The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet
The University of Delaware has signed on with a federal initiative to provide families a standardized "shopping sheet". The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet is designed to give you a clearer picture of your educational costs. You can find your UD Shopping Sheet included in your admissions packet and on your My Blue Hen Home portal in mid-March.
Financing a UD Education Presentation
The University has a presentation to help you get a better understanding of financing a UD education. Click here to review.