|Accept or Decline the Awards Listed in Your Award Letter
Please accept your financial aid awards through BIRD, the University's touchtone system.
Follow the steps for the types of award that apply to you:
- Federal Parent Loan, If you accept a Federal Direct Parent Loan, please complete and return the Parent Data Form to the Student Response Center. Complete and return promissory notes for Federal Direct Loans, if required; they will be sent to you under separate cover.
Download the Parent Data Form (PDF)
- If you are a first-time borrower at UB (i.e. you have not previously received a Direct Subsidized, Direct Unsubsidized, Federal Stafford, Federal Unsubsidized Stafford, or Federal SLS while attending UB), you are required to receive entrance counseling information before any loan funds can be disbursed. This is a one-time requirement.
Learn More about Entrance Counseling.
- Perkins Loan, Health Professions Loan, or Nursing Loan. If you accept a Perkins Loan, Health Professions Loan, or Nursing Loan, you must complete and return the promissory note that you will receive. Also, you must complete and return the Statement of Rights & Responsibilities/Interview Questioner for each loan you accept.
- If you are awarded Federal Work Study. You will receive an Appointment Form by mail approximately 10 days prior to the beginning of classes. You must take this form to the department from which you are seeking employment.
Learn More about Federal Work Study.
Financial Aid Grants
Please note that all financial aid grants such as EOP, PELL, SEOG, and institutional scholarships have been accepted on your behalf; therefore you will not be able to access these awards on BIRD.
You may elect to have your financial aid refunds deposited directly into your bank account by completing the Direct Deposit Authorization Form and submitting it to the Student Response Center at least three weeks prior to disbursement of your financial aid.
Learn more about Direct Deposit.
UB Time Payment Plan
The UB Time Payment Plan (UBTP) allows you to pay your semester bill in several installments spread over the course of that semester.
Learn more about the UB Time Payment Plan.
How your Academic Standing affects your eligibility to receive financial aid
Your continued eligibility for aid is based upon your performance, specifically ensuring that you meet all of the criteria for Good Academic Standing at the University at Buffalo. TAP eligibility is certified at the end of each semester. All other awards are certified at the end of the Spring semester.
For financial aid eligibility purposes:
Repeated courses do not count toward full time status.
Credit hours with grades of "F," "U," "R," and "I" will have a negative impact upon a student's semesterly and overall Course Completion Rate (otherwise known as the 75% Rule).
If you have completed more than 60 credit hours (UB, transfer, AP, etc.) you must be in an approved major.