Loyola University Chicago

Financial Aid Office

Step-by-Step Guide

It's time to start making a plan for your education

There is no single "right" way to fund an education, so as you begin exploring your options, it is very important to understand the basic financial aid process. Check out the steps below to help get you started on your way.

1. Explore additional scholarships

Merit-based scholarships are awarded at the time of admission without consideration of financial need. There are other awards available though, so look at our scholarship tip sheet and the other scholarship opportunities that require separate applications.

2. Submit your FAFSA

Whether it's federal student loans, grants, or Loyola scholarships, one of the first steps toward being considered for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. The form is available online at fafsa.ed.gov.

You should submit a FAFSA as soon as possible in the same calendar year as you plan to start college, but you should submit it no later than June 30 of the following year. So to start college in Fall 2018, you can submit your FAFSA as early as October 1, 2017, and as late as June 30, 2018. However, Loyola strongly encourages you to submit your application prior to March 1* to receive priority consideration for institutional aid.

The FAFSA will ask for a school code. Loyola's code is 001710.

*Please note that the state of Illinois' MAP deadline changes year-to-year and was January 15, 2017, for the 2017-2018 year.

3. Student Aid Report

Shortly after submitting your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report. This is your opportunity to review and correct the information the federal government will use to determine your financial aid award. Please review it carefully.

Student Aid Reports are available online to those who submit an email address in their application. The report could say that you've been selected for verification. If that's the case, you will be asked for additional information. Continue reading for more about what you'll need to do.

4. Determining your need

Once you submit your FAFSA, the U.S. Department of Education will determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). They will consider a number of factors such as the size of your family, the number of family members in college, income for students and parents, and assets for students and parents. This information will be used to calculate your financial need. Loyola will use your EFC and financial need to determine your financial aid award.

Some students will be selected by FAFSA for a process called verification, which checks the accuracy of certain FAFSA answers. If you are selected for verification, you will be sent an estimated award letter and notification that additional information is needed. You can review the requested documentation on your To-Do list in the Student Center section of LOCUS, our online student portal.

5. Award letter

In early spring and after completing your FAFSA, Loyola will send you an award letter listing student aid you may be eligible to receive. The award letter may include federal loans, grants, scholarships, and work study. It will also include estimated direct and indirect expenses to help your family calculate the total cost of your education at Loyola.

This combination of direct and indirect expenses is referred to as your Cost of Attendance (COA). Direct expenses include tuition and fees and estimated room and board if you are living on campus. For 2016–2017, Loyola uses an estimate of $13,730 for on-campus living. Indirect expenses may vary based on enrollment and living arrangement. The 2016–2017 academic year indirect expenses for full-time undergraduate students are estimated as:

  • Off-campus housing
    • Off-campus apartment: $11,808
    • Commuting from home: $3,542
  • Books and supplies: $1,200
  • Travel expenses: $230–$2,160
  • Personal expenses: $1,600

Current students can review their estimated COA as part of their financial aid award in LOCUS. For more information about items that can be included either automatically or by request, please review our Budget Adjustment Appeal form or contact the Financial Aid Office.

6. Filing an appeal

There are several situations that may warrant an appeal be submitted for special consideration. Please see the Financial Aid Forms page for a complete list of appeal forms. Each contains information about the policies and procedures for that type of appeal.

Special Circumstance Appeal

If your family has experienced a change of circumstances such as loss of employment, excessive medical bills, or death of a parent, you may complete a Special Circumstance Appeal‌ to request a reevaluation of your financial aid eligibility. The form allows you to describe the financial changes in detail and the impact it has on your ability to meet your educational expenses. Any award adjustment will be contingent upon your eligibility and the availability of funds. Please review the form for more information.

Dependency Appeal

Generally, students who answer "yes" to at least one of the dependency questions (46–58) on the FAFSA are not required to provide parent information. If you are unable to answer "yes" to these options and you have a documented circumstance that prevents you from providing parent information, please review the Dependency Appeal form and contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

7. Secure additional financing

Loyola's financial aid awards may not cover the entire cost of attendance. It's your responsibility to secure additional financing for expenses that are not covered by scholarships, grants, or federal student loans.

Once you have reviewed your award letter, you may login to LOCUS, and find The Bottom Line (Estimate) under the Campus Finances menu. This is a tool for students and parents that lets you see an estimate of the remaining balance for the academic year.

Loyola offers monthly installment plans as well as information on loan options to assist with the remaining balance.

The Bottom Line is an estimate. Once generated, please view your eBill or Account Summary by Term for actual figures.

For more information about applying for financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office at lufinaid@LUC.edu or 773.508.7704.