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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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Reapply for Financial Aid for 2016-17 by March 2nd

Priority Deadline for filing the FAFSA or
California Dream Act Application is: MARCH 2, 2016

Complete only ONE application. Indicate UCSD’s School Code: 001317

Students who are U.S. Citizens or permanent residents can complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Students who are AB540/AB2000 eligible and who are not eligible to submit a FAFSA, can submit the California Dream Act Application at www.CalDreamAct.org.

FAFSA Filers:
Important Note! If you have not created an FSA ID BEFORE you start completing your Renewal FAFSA, go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid.

A FAFSA worksheet is available to help you complete your FASFA on the web.

  • If you have not yet completed your 2015 tax return, estimate the amounts and then update your estimates once your tax returns are filed.
  • Update income tax figures using the IRS Data Retrieval tool via FAFSA on the web once your tax returns are filed.
  • If your parents are required to sign the FAFSA, they may also request a FSA ID in lieu of submitting a FAFSA signature page.
  • If you do not receive a Student Aid Report email or notice from the Department of Education processor within 7 days after you have filed your FAFSA, follow up with the processor on the receipt of your application. The processor can be reached at 1-800-4FED AID (1-800-433-3243).

California Dream Act Application Filers: A Dream Application Worksheet is available to help you complete your application.

  • If you have not yet completed your 2015 tax return, estimate the amounts and then update your estimates once your tax returns are filed.
  • If your parents are required to sign the California Dream Act Application, they may also request a PIN at https://dream.csac.ca.gov/ in lieu of submitting a California Dream Act Application signature page.

Also be aware that May 21st is the deadline to provide additional required documents or complete any required actions which may include using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (for FAFSA filers) to verify your 2015 IRS Tax information or providing IRS Transcripts to our office.

Important Spring Quarter Information

Spring Quarter 2016 Financial Aid Disbursements credited to student accounts beginning:

(Non Direct Loan awards) Thursday, February 25th
(Direct Loans) Saturday, March 19th
Registration fee payment deadline Friday, March 18th

Spring Quarter remainder funds for direct deposit will be available beginning Monday, March 28th

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.
  • Your account will be credited once you're enrolled in Spring classes. (Wait-listed classes do NOT count as enrolled units.)
  • Review your Spring Quarter billing statement beginning March 2 to make sure your financial aid has been applied to your student account. Please note that Direct Loan funds will not credit your account until March 19 due to Federal regulations. However, pending Direct Loan payments will be calculated into your 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 Monday, March 7 for your Winter Quarter funds to credit your bank account at the beginning of Spring Quarter, starting March 28.

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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