Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Scholarships

The below information pertains to the 2017-18 UFCD Need-Based Scholarships application cycle. All 2017-18 scholarships have been awarded. Please check this page again in spring 2018 for information on the 2018-19 application cycle.

General Questions

  • I applied for UFCD Scholarships last year. Do I have to apply this year?

Yes! You MUST apply each and every year for UFCD scholarships. All applicants are equally considered every year, and previous recipients are not guaranteed to receive a scholarship again.

FAFSA Questions

  • Did I have to submit my 2017-18 FAFSA by Dec. 15, 2016 to be eligible?

Students whose FAFSAs were on file by the Dec. 15 deadline will be given priority in the scholarship evaluation process. Students with late FAFSAs are not guaranteed consideration for UFCD scholarships.

  • If I am not receiving financial assistance from my parents, why do I need to provide parent financial information on my FAFSA in order to be eligible for UFCD scholarships?

Scholarship funding is limited. Since all dental students are considered to be independent by FAFSA and the majority of dental students demonstrate some level of financial need, parental information helps to differentiate levels of need among students.

  • I forgot to put parental information on my FAFSA! Can I still apply?

Yes, you can still apply. You must update your FAFSA with your parent information prior to the May 1 scholarship application deadline.

To do so, visit FAFSA.gov and log in with your FSA ID. You will click on “Make a Correction” for your 2017-18 FAFSA and then you can add your parent information. You are strongly encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer your parents’ tax information from the IRS directly to the FAFSA.

  • I’m not sure if I submitted a 2017-18 FAFSA or if I provided parent information. How can I check?

Go to FAFSA.gov and click on “Log In”. Use your FSA ID to log in. You should then click the 2017-18 tab. If you completed a FAFSA, it will be listed there. You can review your submitted FAFSA to see if parent information was included. If it was not, please follow the steps above to add parent information.

If you still can’t determine your FAFSA status after completing the above steps, please email FinancialAid@dental.ufl.edu.

Loan Eligibility Questions

  • Does providing parent information on my FAFSA affect my eligibility for federal loans?

No. Unsubsidized and Graduate PLUS loans are not based on financial need. Therefore, neither your income nor your parents’ income is considered when awarding those loans.

  • If I am selected for a UFCD scholarship, does that affect my eligibility for federal loans?

No, it does not; you will still be able to borrow federal loans. The good news is that you will not need to borrow as much in loans!

Remember that the total amount of financial aid you can receive each academic year is based on your cost of attendance (COA). Scholarships and grants are always counted toward your COA before loans. For example, if your COA for the year is $40,000 and you receive a $10,000 scholarship, you can borrow up to $30,000 in loans, rather than $40,000.

Tax Questions

  • What does the first page of a federal tax return look like?

Click here for an example of the first page of a federal tax return. This is the only page of the tax return that you are required to submit.

  • Why do I need to provide 2015 tax information?

UFCD follows Department of Education (DOE) guidelines for determining and analyzing financial need. As you may have noticed when filing your FAFSA, the DOE now requests “prior-prior year” tax information, instead of “prior year”. For example, on the 2017-18 FAFSA, you were required to provide 2015 tax information instead of 2016.

Since DOE is using only 2015 tax information to determine need for 2017-18, UFCD is following suit. Use of 2016 taxes would exceed the bounds of DOE regulations.

  • My parents live in a foreign country and don’t file U.S. taxes, OR, My parent(s) did not file a 2015 tax return. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes, you can apply. You will be able to indicate on the application that your parents didn’t file 2015 taxes and why. If you feel your circumstance is not adequately explained by your answers to those questions, please follow the instructions on the application to submit a “Special Circumstances” document.

If neither you nor your parent(s) filed 2015 taxes, you may submit a statement indicating that no taxes were filed and why. This statement should be provided instead of the required tax return copies. Please follow the instructions within the application for submission.

  • I’m a continuing dental student. Didn’t I provide 2015 taxes on last year’s application? Why do I have to do it again?

To be fair to all students and to ensure accuracy of information, we are requesting that all students provide their 2015 tax information again this year. You will need to provide 2015 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) figures on the application itself, and a copy of page 1 of your 2015 federal tax return and your parents’ 2015 federal tax return (and spouse if applicable).

If you have a special circumstance that prevents you from submitting your 2015 tax information again this year, please follow the instructions on the application to document your circumstance.

  • Do I need to provide copies of 2015 state tax returns?

No. We only need your and your parents’ federal tax return. The federal tax return is generally Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, etc. Click here for an example of what you need to submit.

If you are unsure of what documents you should submit, please email FinancialAid@dental.ufl.edu. *Note – Please ask questions EARLY in the process to ensure you receive a timely answer. You are responsible for submitting correct documentation and meeting the application deadline.

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