Retroactive Federal Student Aid (FSA)

Retroactive Federal Pell Grant Award:

To be considered for a retroactive Federal Pell Grant for the Award Year, the U.S. Department of Education must process your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and generate your Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) reflecting a Pell eligible Expected Family Contribution (EFC) while you are still enrolled at UGA in the same Award Year.

If the semester(s) for which you are being considered for the Federal Pell Grant has ended, your enrollment status for the semester(s) for which the Pell is being considered will be based on the number of the semester’s Successfully Completed Hours.

If you meet the preceding criteria but were selected for and have not completed Verification of FAFSA Information by the time you are no longer enrolled that Award Year, you MAY be eligible once you complete verification if the Annual Verification Deadline has not passed.

Retroactive Federal Direct Loan Award:

To be considered for a retroactive Federal Direct Loans for fall, spring or summer of the Award Year:

  • We must receive both your ISIR from the Central Processing System (CPS) reflecting a calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and your formal loan request, and
  • you must have remaining FDL eligibility, and
  • you must have completed (if selected) Verification of FAFSA Information, and
  • UGA OSFA must then have enough time to certify the loan to the U. S. Department of Education before the last day of the semester in which you are enrolled on at least a half-time basis for the Award Year.

If you are nearing the end of a semester and wish to request a Federal Direct Loan for that semester, you should contact OSFA and ask to speak with a Peer Counselor who can advise you if the loan can still be awarded.