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Financial Aid Timeline for Continuing Undergraduates

Learn the steps you must take to successfully apply for financial aid, and see important deadlines and details for each step.


In the right place? This timeline is for UCSD continuing undergraduate students. Also see financial aid timelines for entering undergraduates and graduate/ professional students.

Use this timeline to keep track of important filing deadlines and other events which begin the year before each new fall quarter begins. Contact the Financial Aid Office, (858) 534-4480, for specific questions about your file.

December calendar icon December

  • If you're a new financial aid applicant, 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.
  • Use the Financial Aid tool to access next year's Continuing Student and Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarships (URS) Application. With this one online application (due at the beginning of February), you'll be considered for all merit awards, all financial need awards (if a financial aid recipient), all restricted awards, and all summer research awards for which you are eligible.

January calendar icon January

  • Jan. 1: The FAFSA is available.You must file a renewal FAFSA before each new school year to be considered for financial aid.  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).
  • UCSD continuing scholarships application deadline, February 3, 11:59 p.m.: Complete and submit your application online using the Financial Aid tool.
  • UCSD summer Undergraduate Research Scholarships (URS) deadline, February 3, 11:59pm: Complete and submit your application online for next summer's application. You may submit a new application each year, even if you won one in previous years.
  • In addition to UCSD scholarships, you may qualify for national competitive scholarships and outside agency scholarships. Review these lists often for new entries, and add the scholarship deadline dates to your personal calendar. Carefully follow the instructions listed for each scholarship.

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 be considered only 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: If you don't currently have a California State Grant (Cal Grant), mail the Cal Grant GPA Verification to the California Student Aid Commission to be considered for one.

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.
  • Check your ucsd.edu e-mail inbox 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.
  • Access your financial aid status and official financial aid awards using the Financial Aid tool.

May calendar icon May

  • Additional documents/actions deadline, May 21: Check the Financial Aid tool for additional documents or required actions. Submit any additional documents requested 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.

June calendar icon June

  • Log onto the Financial Aid tool for notification of UCSD continuing academic year and summer undergraduate research scholarship awards. You'll be notified of your scholarship status by June 1.
  • Begin saving money for expenses you'll need to pay before you receive your fall quarter financial aid.
  • Continue to check your ucsd.edu e-mail inbox often for important communications from the Financial Aid Office.
  • Summer Session priority date, June 9: Apply for Summer Session financial aid if you'll be attending classes this summer.

July calendar icon July

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

  • If you've accepted a new Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan and/or Perkins Loan:
  • Continue to review national competitive scholarships and outside agency scholarships so you can apply in time for any of the scholarships you qualify for (many require references, essays, and application forms, so you'll need time to get everything together). Follow the application instructions required by each separate scholarship sponsor.

August calendar icon August

September calendar icon September

  • Enroll in direct deposit by the first week of September to ensure that, after university charges have been paid, any remaining award funds will be deposited directly into your bank account.


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