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Financial aid information for prospective undergraduates, continuing undergraduates, grad/professional students, parents, and veterans and their families.

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FAFSA/California Dream Act Application in October!

Two Major Changes to the FAFSA/Ca Dream Act Application Process, beginning with the 2017-2018 Award Year

First change: FAFSA now available October 1st! Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA/CA Dream Act Application cycle, the application will become available to students and their families three months earlier on October 1st of each year (e.g., October 1, 2016, for the 2017-2018 award/academic year).

Second change: Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA/CA Dream Act Application cycle, the FAFSA/CA Dream Act Application will collect income information from the tax/calendar year one year earlier than has been used in the past. For the 2017-2018 FAFSA/CA Dream Act Application, students and families will provide income information from calendar year 2015 and rather than calendar year 2016.

Benefits of this change for FAFSA Filers
Simpler FAFSA filing: Almost all federal tax return filers will be able to electronically transfer their federal tax information directly into their FAFSA by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT).

Important Information for Fall Quarter 2016

Fall Quarter 2016 registration fee payment deadline: Friday, September 16, 2016

Fall Quarter remainder funds for direct deposit will be available beginning Thursday, September 22, 2016. If your student did not sign up for direct deposit, remainder checks will be mailed beginning Thursday, September 22.

To make sure your financial aid is available in time to pay your fees:

  • Regularly check your Financial Aid Checklist to view and/or complete requested items or actions.
  • Frequently review your UCSD e-mail account for messages from the Financial Aid Office.
  • If you have loans, make sure you complete all the required paperwork and the TritonLink loan counseling session. Questions about Perkins Loan or University Loan required paperwork can be directed to Student Business Services at studentbusiness@ucsd.edu.
  • See additional disbursement requirements and make sure you've complied with them.
  • If you have met all disbursement requirements, then once you have enrolled in Fall Quarter Classes, your financial aid will disburse to your UCSD student account. (Wait-listed classes do NOT count as enrolled units.)
  • Review the Fall Quarter billing statement beginning September 2 to make sure financial aid has been applied to his/her UCSD account. Please note that Direct Loan funds will not credit to student accounts until September 13 due to Federal regulations. However, pending Direct Loan payments will be calculated into the current online balance on TritonLink.
    Billing Statement Tip: Access the "Current Account Activity" view on your TritonLink bill for up-to-date account activity.
  • Sign up for direct deposit by Thursday, September 1 for your Fall Quarter funds to credit your bank account at the beginning of the quarter, starting September 22.

New student programs

Read about the Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) program for the 2015-16 academic year.

Learn about the new Triton Food Pantry located at the Original Student Center adjacent to AS Soft Reserves.

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