Learn about UCSD's philosophy and practices for awarding financial aid.
UCSD awards financial aid based on need. Need-based financial aid reduces barriers to higher education for students and families who could not otherwise afford college costs. This need-based packaging philosophy assures that:
Financial need is the difference between UCSD's budget (estimated cost of attendance) and your expected family contribution:
Your expected family contribution (EFC) is determined by the U.S. Department of Education's Central Processing System, using formulas determined by Congress and written into public law. Your own EFC is calculated based on the information you provide in your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Please note:
Paying for your education is a partnership among you, your parent(s), UCSD, the state of California, and the federal government. To help achieve the goal of equity, the Financial Aid Office assumes that: