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Financial aid information for prospective undergraduates, continuing undergraduates, grad/professional students, parents, and veterans and their families.

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Fall 2018 Financial Aid Disbursement Information

2018 Financial Aid Disbursements will credit to UC San Diego student accounts beginning:

  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018: Fall Quarter
  • Friday, December 28, 2018: Winter 2019
  • Friday, March, 22, 2019: Spring 2019
  • Registration fee payment deadlines for Fall Quarter, Friday, September 21, 2018; Winter Quarter, Friday, December 14, 2018 and Spring Quarter, Friday, March 22, 2019

Fall 2018 remainder funds for direct deposit will be available beginning Friday, September 27, 2018. It can take 2-3 business days for the funds to be transferred to your bank account.

To make sure your financial aid is available in time to pay your fees:

  • Regularly check your Required Tasks and Actions in TritonLink to view and/or complete requested items or actions.
  • Frequently review your UC San Diego e-mail account for messages from the Financial Aid Office.
  • If you have federal direct loans, make sure you complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN), if necessary, at studentloans.gov and the loan counseling in TritonLink.
  • Questions about the following loans: University Loan, Dream Loan, and Quon Loan required paperwork can be directed to Student Financial Solutions at studentbusiness@ucsd.edu.
  • See additional disbursement requirements and make sure you've complied with them.
  • If you have met all disbursement requirements, then once you have enrolled in your classes, your financial aid will disburse to your UC San Diego student account on the dates above. (Wait-listed classes do not count as enrolled units during the academic year.)
  • Review your billing statements beginning beginning Wednesday, September 5, 2018 for Fall Quarter, Tuesday, December 4, 2018 for Winter Quarter and Saturday, March 2, 2019 for Spring Quarter to make sure financial aid has been applied to your UC San Diego account. Pending financial aid payments will be reflected on your E-Bill.
    Billing statement tip: Access the "Current Account Activity" view on your TritonLink bill for up-to-date account activity.
  • Sign up for direct deposit for your quarterly refunds of your excess financial aid to credit your bank account.

Summer 2018 Financial Aid Disbursement Information

2018 Financial Aid Disbursements will credit to UC San Diego student accounts beginning:

  • Summer Session 1: Saturday, June 23
  • Summer Session 2: Saturday, July 28
  • Summer Session 3: Varies by Class
  • Registration fee payment deadline for Summer Session 1 and 3, Monday, June 25; Summer Session 2, Monday, July 30

Summer Session 1 and 3 remainder funds for direct deposit will be available beginning Tuesday, June 26.

To make sure your financial aid is available in time to pay your fees:

  • Regularly check your Financial Aid Checklist to view and/or complete requested items or actions.
  • Frequently review your UC San Diego e-mail account for messages from the Financial Aid Office.
  • If you have loans, make sure you complete all the required paperwork and the TritonLink loan counseling session. Questions about Perkins Loan or University Loan required paperwork can be directed to Student Business Services at studentbusiness@ucsd.edu.
  • See additional disbursement requirements and make sure you've complied with them.
  • If you have met all disbursement requirements, then once you have enrolled in Summer classes, your financial aid will disburse to your UCSD student account. (Wait-listed classes will count as enrolled units only if you submitted a manual summer financial aid application in TritonLink.)
  • Review your Summer billing statement beginning Saturday, June 2 for Session 1 and 3, and Tuesday, July 3 for Session 2 to make sure financial aid has been applied to your UC San Diego account. Please note that summer financial aid funds will not credit to student accounts until Saturday, June 23 or Saturday, July 28.  However, pending Direct Loan payments will be calculated into the current online balance on TritonLink.
    Billing statement tip: Access the "Current Account Activity" view on your TritonLink bill for up-to-date account activity.
  • Sign up for direct deposit for your Summer remainder funds to credit your bank account at the beginning of your summer session(s).

Reapply for 2019-2020 Financial Aid Starting October 1, 2018

  • Priority deadline for filing the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application is: March 2, 2018
  • Complete only one application.
  • Indicate UC San Diego’s School Code: 001317
  • Students who are U.S. Citizens or permanent residents can complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
  • Students who are AB540 / AB2000 eligible and who are not eligible to submit a FAFSA, can submit the California Dream Act Application at dream.csac.ca.gov.

FAFSA Filers:

Important note! If you have not created an FSA ID BEFORE you start completing your Renewal FAFSA, create a new FSA ID online here.

A FAFSA worksheet is available to help you complete your FASFA on the web.

  • Update income tax figures using the IRS Data Retrieval tool via FAFSA on the web.
  • If your parents are required to sign the FAFSA, they may also request a FSA ID in lieu of submitting a FAFSA signature page.
  • If you do not receive a Student Aid Report email or notice from the Department of Education processor within 7 days after you have filed your FAFSA, follow up with the processor on the receipt of your application. The processor can be reached at 1-800-4FED AID (1-800-433-3243).

California Dream Act Application Filers:

A Dream Application Worksheet is available to help you complete your application.

If your parents are required to sign the California Dream Act Application, they may also request a PIN at dream.csac.ca.gov in lieu of submitting a California Dream Act Application signature page.

Also be aware that May 1 is the deadline to provide additional required documents or complete any required actions to verify information provided on your application.

New Student Programs

Read about the Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) program.

Learn about the new Triton Food Pantry located at the Original Student Center adjacent to AS Soft Reserves.

The Hub is a new UC San Diego space that can link students to Basic Needs resources. Learn more: basicneeds.ucsd.edu/

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