Apply for Aid

Our job is to make applying for financial aid as easy as possible for you and your family. Let's get started. 

Applying for financial aid seems like a daunting task, but the Office of Financial Aid is here to help. 

Eligibility for Aid

The amount of financial aid you can receive depends on several factors, which can include things like your level of enrollment, whether you live on- or off-campus, and if you have financial need.

Financial awards may change at any time without notice. It is the student's responsibility to check information at for the most current award levels. Last Updated: May 16, 2024


The application process for financial aid begins with the submission of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA helps 鶹ý determine a student’s eligibility for grants and loans by asking for income and asset information for the student, their parents or spouse (if applicable).

  • Create a FSA ID
    If you're new to FAFSA, you will first need to . The FSA ID is used to login to the FAFSA web portal, as well as all other federal student aid websites.
  • Complete the FAFSA
    For the 2024/25 academic year, students can now submit their FAFSA. The FAFSA must be submitted before April 2 in order for students to be eligible for several types of financial aid. You will complete this form through the  or the myStudentAid app. Download the app in the Apple or Google app store. 鶹ý's school code is 001196. 

    Please note — you should never pay a fee to file a FAFSA or pay someone to submit a FAFSA on your behalf. There are no costs associated with filing a FAFSA. 

California Dream Act

Much like the FAFSA, the helps 鶹ý determine a student’s eligibility for grants and loans by asking for income and asset information for the student, their parents or spouse (if applicable).

Important Dates

NOWFAFSA and CA Dream Act submission for the 2024/25 academic year begins.
April 2For the 2024/25 academic year only: 鶹ý's FAFSA priority deadline. Cal-Grant and California Dream Act Application deadline. 

Applying for Aid

After submitting the FAFSA or CA Dream Act, you will receive a College Financing Plan, this will be sent via email and details the amount of financial aid for which you are eligible. Once you have received your college financing plan, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Visit your  which can be found in the College Financing Plan email.
  2. Log into your (make sure you are in the correct award year).
  3. Check for missing documents under the “Documents and Messages" tab.
  4. Complete missing documents and upload to your . 
  5. If you are taking out loans, please Accept or Decline them. You can find loan information under the “Accept Awards” tab.
  6. If you are borrowing federal loans, please complete your  and .

Graduate Federal Unsubsidized Loans

Most graduate students are eligible for up to $20,500 each academic year in Federal Unsubsidized Loans and are eligible to apply for additional loans if needed. To apply, please complete the or .

Learn more about specific loan types on the Graduate Loans page.

Financial Aid Resources

The following resources can help you through the financial aid process: 

  • Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

  • Cal Grant recipients can manage their Cal Grant profile here.

  • Students who are undocumented, DACA, or have U Visa or Temporary Protected Status can apply for aid from the State of California.

  • Estimate your net cost to attend 鶹ý University of California.

  • Complete documents and learn more about federal student aid programs.

  • Securely upload requested aid documents and forms.

  • The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the U.S. Department of Education's central database for federal student loans.
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Net Price Calculator

The Net Price Calculator is designed to provide your financial aid eligibility based on an estimate of your expected costs. This estimate will demonstrate how you and your family can use financial aid to help bridge the gap between the total costs and your ability to pay.