How to apply for funding

Find out about the process of applying for either Financial Aid or a Federal Loans to help with the costs of studying at Leeds.

You'll need to know where to find the relevant application forms and how to fill in the Cost of Attendance calculation spreadsheet if required.

Federal Student Aid

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be assessed for eligibility. A new FAFSA is required for each year of study. The information you provide on the FAFSA is used to produce a Student Aid Report (SAR). View help completing the FAFSA

You may need the following codes:


  • The school code for FAFSA is G06692
  • The campus code (if required) is 00

Federal loans

You will need to contact the US Loans Advisor in the Funding Team to tell us you are considering studying at Leeds and are interested in US Federal Loans. We will send you information about the process, a helpful flowchart, and a Cost of Attendance (COA) calculation document.

Register with the US loan website and complete these tasks:


  • complete entrance counselling 
  • sign your Master Promissory Note (MPN)
  • complete your Plus loan MPN (PLUS loan only)
  • complete your credit check (PLUS loan only)


Email the US Loans Advisor in the Funding Team with evidence of completion of these tasks (screenshots and PDF of Master Promissory Notes), along with your completed COA spreadsheet.

Cost of Attendance calculation

The COA estimates the cost of a year’s study at Leeds. Each student is evaluated individually.

The COA document is in MS Excel format but can be opened using OpenOffice. Work through the tabs from left to right. You will need to give your:

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • social security number

The total value of loans taken within an academic year must not exceed your estimated COA for that year. Include any additional aid such as bursaries, grants, sponsorships or scholarships on your COA calculation as it may affect your entitlement to student funding.

Contact the US Loans Advisor in the Funding Team if you have any special requirements that you believe may affect your Cost of Attendance.

If you are awarded Federal Student Aid after completion of your COA document, notify the US Loans Advisor in the Funding Team so the COA and your loan can be adjusted accordingly.