The financial aid process begins in October during the time of applying for admission 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 and Scholarships Office, (858) 534-4480, for specific questions about your file.
- Oct.1: Register for your FSA ID from the Department of Education so you can electronically sign your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You and your parents can both register for an FSA ID.
- The FAFSA is available. Make sure to list UCSD school code 001317 on the application, so UCSD will receive your information.
- Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer Federal Income Tax information onto your FAFSA.
- Learn more about FAFSA.
- 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.
- Nov. 1-30: File the University of California Admission and Scholarship Application for the next academic year, which begins the following September.
- You'll automatically be considered for any UCSD freshman scholarships or UCSD transfer scholarships when you apply for admission.
- You may also qualify for outside agency scholarships. Review these lists, follow the application instructions for each scholarship, and add all deadlines to your personal calendar.
- Ensure that you have received your Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Department of Education.
- 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.
- Learn more about grants
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 1: 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.
- 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 and Scholarships Office. These messages may include requests for additional information to complete your application or to view and accept your official financial aid awards.
- 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 and Scholarships Office.
- Begin saving money for expenses you'll need to pay before you receive your fall quarter financial aid.
- 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.
Enrollment begins for entering students:
- Familiarize yourself with undergraduate enrollment requirements to make sure you take the minimum number of units for the quarter.
- After you've enrolled in classes and have completed the Financial Aid Award Acceptance using the Financial Aid tool, your financial aid awards will be credited to your UCSD student account.
- Learn more about how financial aid funds are paid to you.