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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for loans?

Richmond participates in the Federal Direct Loan program. We recommend that the required applications be submitted at least six weeks prior to the start of the term in order for funds to be available by the time classes begin.

Do I have to re-apply for financial aid every year?

Yes, you must re-submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and loan applications each year.

How will I receive my financial aid?

All financial aid is credited directly to the student’s account, at the beginning of the term, once the student has submitted all required forms and met all requirements for the aid. Aid for the academic year is split evenly between fall and spring terms. If the amount of financial aid exceeds your billable charges at Richmond, then you are eligible for a refund. The Student Accounts Office will automatically generate a refund for a credit balance caused by Federal financial aid within fourteen days of the actual disbursement date. Any other credit balances will remain on your account unless you request a refund from the Student Accounts Office.

When will I receive my financial aid?

In the 2017–18 academic year, financial aid will disburse to student accounts on September 11, 2017 for the fall semester and January 30, 2018 for the spring semester.

Disbursement dates for summer sessions are set for the first day of the start of the earliest summer session in which you enroll. Disbursement dates for study abroad programs are set for 10 days prior to the first day of classes for each program.

The Student Accounts Office will automatically generate a refund for a credit balance caused by federal financial aid within 14 days of the actual disbursement date. Any other credit balances will remain on your account unless you request a refund.

Is financial aid available for summer term?

Yes. Federal Direct Loans are available for summer term if you enroll for six or more credit hours. The amount borrowed for summer will reduce the amount of Federal Direct Loan available to you for the fall and spring terms. If you plan to enroll for summer term, you should complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit your Summer Federal Direct Loan application at least six weeks before the beginning of summer enrollment.

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(804) 289-8438
finaid@richmond.edu
Fax: (804) 484-1650
 
Queally Center, Suite 214
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Open weekdays, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m

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