Disbursement of Funds

How Disbursement Works

Disbursement is the process by which your financial aid pays out to your account. Disbursement is an automatic, electronic process. Disbursement will occur at the next scheduled opportunity after your financial aid file completes.

Please note: Pending items on your Aid Status page in Student Self Servicewill prevent disbursement from occurring. All students are strongly advised to monitor their Aid Status page regularly.

During disbursement, your financial aid will first be applied to pending charges on your account. Please note that federal aid (e.g., unsubsidized & PLUS loans) can only pay current term charges. After pending charges are paid, any leftover money is sent directly to you. This money is referred to as your financial aid refund.

For most students, all of their financial aid will disburse at one time at the beginning of each term (fall, spring, summer). Loans may be disbursed no earlier than 10 days prior to the start date of the term (as based on the UF academic calendar, not the UFCD calendar). Disbursement will continue throughout each semester to accommodate for late completion of files.

How to Check Your Disbursement Status

You may check your disbursement status via the following websites:

  • myUFL⤷ > Main Menu > My Campus Finances > Fin. Aid Disbursement
    • Updates the day of disbursement
    • Shows which types of aid disbursed, how much was disbursed, and how the money was applied to your account
  • Student Self Service⤷ “Awards and Disbursements” area
    • Updates 1 business day after the actual disbursement date
    • Shows only the date of disbursement for each type of aid

Items to Complete Prior to Disbursement

Student Permissions Form

The Student Permissions form must be completed to allow financial aid to automatically pay non-institutional charges (e.g., instrument lease fee, UF insurance). Tuition is always automatically paid. The form is available on myUFL⤷ > Main Menu > My Campus Finances > View Student Permissions.

It is optional to complete the Student Permissions form. If you choose not to complete the form, then you should be prepared to pay non-institutional charges yourself.

Please note that the Student Permissions form only needs to be completed once during your time at UF.

Direct Deposit

Setting up direct deposit for receipt of financial aid refunds is optional but highly recommended. Direct deposit information may be input on myUFL⤷ > Main Menu > My Campus Finances > Direct Deposit. You must use a checking account that accepts EFTs (Electronic Funds Transfers).

If direct deposit information is not on file when disbursement occurs, a paper check will be cut and mailed to your mailing address on file. It can take up to six weeks to receive your refund via paper check.

Please note: The date of disbursement is the date on which a direct deposit is initiated by the University Bursar. It can take up to 48-72 hours for money to be available in your bank account. The specific timeframe depends on your bank’s processes for direct deposits.

Direct deposit information should be set up initially upon entrance to UF and updated anytime your checking account changes.

Need Help?

Contact the University Bursar for problems with Student Permissions or direct deposit: (352) 392-0181, AskBursar@admin.ufl.edu, S-113 Criser Hall.

The above information is for individuals currently in or starting the DMD Program.