How to Apply
Aid Year 2020-2021
Do not wait to hear about your admissions status to file the FAFSA! Early submission is important.
You will receive a 2020-2021 Student Aid Report (SAR) electronically if you provided an email address on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A paper SAR will be mailed to you in 2 weeks if no email was provided.
Be prepared to submit additional information if requested on your myMemphis account which is located on the My Finances page under Student Pages. Our Step-by-Step page provides detailed instructions on how to determine if you have outstanding requirements.
Check your myMemphis account often for updates, important messages, and requests for additional information.
Your information will be reviewed to determine your financial aid eligibility upon receipt of ALL required documents and admission to the University.
If awarded, the aid information will be posted on your myMemphis portal.
NOTE: Summer 2021 is part of the 2020-2021 year so you must have the results of the 2020-2021 FAFSA on file for aid consideration. Separate financial aid awards are processed for the Summer 2021 semester. If you are interested in receiving financial aid for Summer 2021, visit our Summer page for more information on the process.
NOTE: All correspondence regarding the status of your financial aid is e-mailed to your University of Memphis e-mail address or, if not yet admitted, the e-mail address you provided on your FAFSA. Additionally, all information regarding your financial aid will be posted to your myMemphis self-service portal. The Student Financial Aid Office does not physically mail award notifications to continuing students. If you have any questions regarding the status of your aid application, check your myMemphis account. Visit our Step-by-Step page for detailed instructions on how to utilize your myMemphis to access your financial aid.
Common Mistakes When Applying for Financial Aid
- Required items or sections are left blank on the FAFSA.
- Signature is missing on the FAFSA.
- Students selected for 'verification' are required to submit a copy of their and/or
their parent's tax return transcript to the Student Financial Aid Office. To request a transcript online, go to IRS.gov and use the Order a Transcript tool.
To order by phone, call 800-908-9946 and follow the prompts. If you are unable to obtain a tax return transcript, we can accept a signed copy of
your tax return OR a copy of a return that has been filed and includes the tax preparer
ID. We do not accept hand written returns regardless of whether or not they are signed.
- Items, sections, or signatures are left blank on the verification or worksheet form.