Filing the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

  • The UNMC Financial Aid Office would like to take this opportunity to advise students the 2018-2019 FAFSA is now available.
  • The FAFSA filing/submission is required each year to remain eligible for federal student aid.
  • Please use the UNMC School Code 006895 to ensure your FAFSA information is sent to UNMC.
  • Before going on-line to complete the 2018-19 FAFSA, you/your parents may want to review the 2018-2019 FAFSA pdf to review the questions, determine what documents you may need, etc.
  • IF you are filing the FAFSA for the first time, you must create a FSA-ID  If you are an undergraduate, dependent student, your parents will also be required to create an FSA ID to complete the parent sections of the FAFSA.
  • The 2018-2019 FAFSA will collect 2016 U.S. INCOME and TAX INFORMATION. All 2016 income and tax information should have been completed/submitted to the IRS by this time. We encourage students/parents to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool; however, it is not required. PLEASE review the Department of Education’s Frequently Asked Questions regarding the 2018-19 IRS DRT BEFORE you begin the FAFSA completion process:
  • If you are currently married and did NOT file a joint 2016 IRS Tax Return, you must include the combined 2016 incomes, taxes paid, untaxed income, and savings/investments for student and spouse when completing the 2018-19 FAFSA


  • ALL STUDENTS, and 2018/19 APPLICANTS for ADMISSION, should submit the 2018-2019 FAFSA by APRIL 1, 2018. 
  • Undergraduate student FAFSA data received by APRIL 1, 2018 will be considered for campus-based grant aid; and, if eligible, the COLLEGEBOUND NE tuition guarantee.
  • UNMC UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS REGARDLESS OF PRIOR DEGREE: The programs listed below are considered undergraduate bachelor degree programs, regardless of having previously received a bachelor’s degree.  The FAFSA must be completed in accordance with FAFSA requirements as an undergraduate student. Students should answer Q 29 with 3 or 4; Q 30 with 1 or 2 (pursing a 1st or 2nd Bachelor’s degree); Q 48 as NO.
  • College of Nursing:  Bachelor of Nursing
  • College of Allied Health: Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science; Bachelor of Medical Imaging and Therapeutic Science Programs
  • College of Dentistry: Bachelor of Dental Hygiene
  • ALL Other UNMC DEGREE and CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS are considered GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL Programs.  The FAFSA should be completed in accordance with FAFSA instructions.  PARENT information is NOT required unless you are a College of Dentistry or College of Pharmacy Student.  Dentistry and Pharmacy students who wish to be considered for the subsidized Health Professions Student Loan-HPSL (interest free while enrolled and 5% interest in repayment) must file their FAFSA by April 1, 2018 AND PARENT income information must be included on the FAFSA for HPSL consideration.


An income reduction review is relevant for undergraduate students only.  Graduate and Professional students are not eligible for NEED BASED federal grant/loan aid. The income/tax information plays no role in your eligibility for Direct Unsubsidized/Direct Graduate PLUS loan aid.

The following procedure for INCOME REDUCTION REVIEW is as follows: 

    • The 2018-19 FAFSA with valid 2016 Income/Tax Information must be on file in the UNMC Financial Aid Office before requesting the review.
    • Submit a written request to with subject line: INCOME REDUCTION REVIEW. Provide a written explanation for the request.  Our office will review the request and advise the student and/or parents of the appropriate documentation required for the income reduction review.

The UNMC Financial Aid Office will accept Income Reduction Reviews for the following reasons:

  • UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT or PARENTS (dependent student) FINALIZED a divorce in 2016 or 2017 and filed a joint 2016 tax return. Student/Parents must complete the 2018-19 FAFSA using 2016 US IRS income/tax information from the joint tax return information before a review will be considered.
  • UNDERGRADUATE DEPENDENT Student:  parent/parents lost a job or had a significant decrease in income for 2017; parent deceased in 2016 or 2017 resulting in significant loss of income. Student and Parents must complete the FAFSA with the 2016 US IRS income/tax information before a review will be considered.
  • UNDERGRADUATE MARRIED Student:  Spouse lost their job due to termination; income reduced due to a change in job in 2017.  Student/Spouse must complete the 2018-19 FAFSA with 2016 US IRS income/tax information before a review will be considered.

Additional Information:  For additional financial aid processing information, visit the APPLY for AID page.

UNMC is required, by federal regulation, to publish the Code of Conduct for UNMC Financial Aid Staff.