Apply for Financial Aid

Guide for Financial Aid Process

1. Keep track of important dates and deadlines.

You must adhere to deadlines to apply for and accept financial aid. View our calendar»

2. Complete the FAFSA

To apply for all need-based financial aid, including grants, scholarships, loans, and federal work-study funds, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by Miami’s priority deadline (the Priority I Deadline for new, first-year, undergraduate students applying to the Oxford campus is December 1; the Priority II Deadline is February 1; the priority deadline for returning students, regional campus students, and new, incoming transfer and graduate students is February 1).

3. Learn about Miami's awarding processing

Your financial aid package may be a combination of scholarships, loans, grants, and federal work-study funds. Find out how we determine your award»

4. Search for all available financial aid awards

The primary sources of financial aid include scholarships, loans, and grants, but many types of aid are available. View funding opportunities at Miami»

5. Finalize the financial aid offer

To make your financial aid award official, follow our Steps to Finalize the Financial Aid Offer.

6. Report a qualified change in your financial situation

A student may request a review of aid eligibility if the family's financial situation changed after the student filed the FAFSA. Staff may use professional judgement to re-evaluate a student's financial need by adjusting figures reported on the FAFSA when either of the following situations apply:

  • A family's financial situation has changed since they submitted the FAFSA, including a loss of earnings and/or a loss of untaxed income or benefits that were originally included on the FAFSA.
  • The family has paid eligible expenses during the tax year that are not reflected on the FAFSA, including medical expenses not covered by insurance and/or educational loan payments that cannot be deferred.

To see if circumstances qualify for review, please contact the One Stop at 513-529-0001 or

7. Pay the University bill

Notification will be sent to your Miami email account when your electronic statement is ready to view. You will receive this notification in mid-July for your fall semester invoice and early December for your winter/spring semester invoice. Learn more about paying your bill»