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Students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year to be considered for federal aid: grants, work study and student loans. The 24/25 FAFSA will be available in December 2023 - UIC’s priority filing deadline is March 15.


Students and a parent, if applicable, must have a Federal Student Aid ID (login) to sign the electronic FAFSA.

Get your FSA ID online here.

UIC’s School Code: 001776

Include UIC’s school code on the FAFSA - (001776)

Student Dependency Status:

Students are considered dependent or independent based on information provided on the FAFSA. Most undergraduate students are dependent. All graduate and professional students are independent. Dependent students must report parental income information on the FAFSA. Dependency Status is not based on whether a student lives with a parent, is financially self-supportive, or claimed as dependent on a parents’ taxes.

Student Aid Report (SAR):

After receiving a FAFSA, the Federal Processor will send a Student Aid Report (SAR) electronically. The SAR lists all information submitted on the FAFSA and explains the EFC calculation. Review the SAR for accuracy and log on to the FAFSA website to make corrections.