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Financial Aid Timeline for Entering Undergraduates

See important deadlines and details for each step in the financial aid process.

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In the right place? This timeline is for UCSD entering freshmen and transfer students. You can also see financial aid timelines for continuing undergraduatesand graduate/ professional students.

The financial aid process begins as soon as you apply to UCSD. Use this timeline to keep track of important filing deadlines and other events during the year before you enter UCSD. Contact the Financial Aid Office, (858) 534-4480, for specific questions about your file.

November calendar icon November

December calendar icon December

  • Request a PIN from the Department of Education so you can electronically sign your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You and your parents can both request a PIN.

January calendar icon January

  • Jan. 1: The FAFSA is available. Make sure to list UCSD school code 001317 on the application, so UCSD will receive your information.
  • The Dream Act Application is not an application for federal financial aid. Students who have a Social Security Number must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students should not complete both applications.
    • AB 540 eligible students.
    • Students who cannot file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    • Students who attended at least three full years in a California public or private high school.
    • Graduated from a California High School or attained the equivalent prior to the start of the college term.
    • If without lawful immigration status, have or will file an affidavit with the college or university they are attending stating that they have filed an application to legalize their immigration status, or will file an application as soon as they are eligible to do so. This affidavit is filed with the college they attend.
  • Create a folder to keep all financial aid-related documents in one place.

February calendar icon February

  • The Department of Education notifies you that your application was processed and provides you with a Student Aid Report (SAR).

March calendar icon March

  • FAFSA deadline, March 2, midnight Central Daylight Time: Submit your FAFSA online to be considered for priority financial aid.
    • If you're mailing your FAFSA, make sure it's postmarked by March 2.
    • If you file after the March 2 deadline, you'll only be considered for Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans, renewal Cal Grant, and Pell Grant. 
  • California Dream Act Application  deadline, March 2, midnight Central Daylight Time: Submit your California Dream Application online to be considered for priority financial aid.
    • If you're mailing your California Dream Application, make sure it's postmarked by March 2.
    • If you file after the March 2 deadline, you may not be eligible for funding.
  • Cal Grant GPA verification deadline, March 2: Mail the Cal Grant GPA Verification to the California Student Aid Commission to be considered for the California State Grant (Cal Grant). Make sure it's postmarked by March 2.
  • If you listed UCSD on your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application and you've been admitted to UCSD, your UCSD Financial Aid Estimate will be available online through MyApplication. Your Financial Aid Estimate includes Shopping Sheet information. Your official award will be available in the summer, after you've submitted your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR).
  • Admitted freshmen: Log onto the Financial Aid tool for notification of UCSD scholarship awards. If you're a recipient, you'll be notified by March 31.

April calendar icon April

  • Mid-April: After you and/or your parents file your federal income tax returns, correct any estimated information provided on your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
  • If your Student Aid Report indicates you've been selected for verification: Complete the requested independent or dependent verification worksheet and submit it to the Financial Aid Office. Update your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. If you are not able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, then submit your and/or your parents' IRS Tax Return Transcripts.
  • Set up your UCSD e-mail account as soon as possible, and check your e-mail in-box often for important communications from the Financial Aid Office. These messages may include requests for additional information to complete your application or to view and accept your official financial aid awards.

May calendar icon May

  • SIR deadline for admitted freshmen, May 1: Accept admission to UCSD by submitting your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR).
    • After your SIR is received, you can access your financial aid status and official financial aid awards using the Financial Aid tool.
  • Additional documents/actions deadline, May 21: Check the Financial Aid tool for additional documents or required actions. Submit any additional documents by the deadline to qualify for the best financial aid awards. Additional documents/actions may include verification worksheets, using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to update your FAFSA, tax return transcripts, and resolving FAFSA processing holds indicated on your Student Aid Report.
  • Admitted transfer students: Log onto the Financial Aid tool for notification of UCSD scholarship awards. If you're a recipient, you'll be notified by May 1.

June calendar icon June

  • SIR deadline for admitted transfer students, June 1: Accept admission to UCSD by submitting your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR).
  • Continue to check your ucsd.edu e-mail account often for important e-mails from the Financial Aid Office.
  • Begin saving money for expenses you'll need to pay before you receive your fall quarter financial aid.

July calendar icon July

  • If you've accepted a Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan, Perkins Loan, and/ or a Parent PLUS loan: Complete a separate promissory note for each program.


  • If you've accepted a Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan or Perkins Loan:
  • Continue to review outside agency scholarships so you can meet application deadlines. Many require references, essays, and application forms that take time to complete. Carefully follow the instructions listed for each scholarship.

August calendar icon August

Enrollment begins for entering students:

September calendar icon September

  • Enroll in direct deposit by the first week of September. As soon as university charges are taken from your account, any remaining award funds will be deposited directly into your bank account.

Questions?

Contact the Financial Aid Office, (858) 534-4480.