When you're admitted, UCSD establishes a student account for you, identified by your personal ID number, which begins with "A." Your student account records all charges (and payments) for registration fees, housing, parking, and other miscellaneous fees.
Most financial aid awards (including scholarships) are credited to your UCSD student account each quarter. Work-study awards are paid to you in biweekly checks that you can either pick up at work or have deposited directly to your personal bank account.
Read more about the steps necessary for disbursing financial aid and scholarship awards below. (If you're expecting summer aid, you can also read additional notes on Summer Session aid disbursement.)