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Financial Aid Packaging Policy for Graduate Students

Learn how the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office coordinates financial aid with other university support.

How packaging works:

Financial assistance for graduate students at UCSD is usually one or more of the following types:

  1. Graduate Division support (fellowships, stipends, fee awards), awarded by your academic department
  2. If you're eligible for financial aid and file a FAFSA, Federal Direct Loans (Unsubsidized, Graduate PLUS)

The law requires the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office to coordinate your financial aid awards with all university support awarded by your department and the Graduate Division. Your university support includes any of the following awarded by your or any other department:

  • Assistantships (TAs, GSRs, Associates, and staff employment titles)
  • Fellowships and traineeships
  • Fee and tuition payments
  • Stipends

How UCSD coordinates your financial aid and other support:

After your department has determined the amount of your university support and has reported it to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office: The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will determine your financial aid eligibility by taking this University support into account.

Make sure you:

  • Access and review your financial aid awards via the Financial Aid tool to verify the types and amounts of support listed. Incomplete or incorrect information will affect your eligibility for all or part of the financial aid awarded to you.
  • Notify the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office about any omissions or discrepancies in the university support listed on your Financial Aid Award Confirmation. Send an e-mail, or report university support via Financial Aid tool: While on the Financial Aid Checklist page, choose the link "Reporting of Additional Resources."
    • If you receive additional university support not listed on your financial aid award confirmation: Your financial aid will be reduced, requiring you to repay aid received or to return/ cancel loans.

Adjustments to your awards:

The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will adjust your awards throughout the academic year as any additional university support is later reported.

Make sure you:

  • Notify the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office immediately if the source or amount of your support changes in subsequent quarters, even if the total dollar amount remains the same.
  • Ask the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office for advice on how your university support can affect your financial aid awards, so you can plan accordingly and avoid a financial crisis.
  • Notify the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office about any omissions or discrepancies in the university support listed on your Financial Aid Award Confirmation.