- In addition to the UCSD scholarships below, also apply for Outside Agency Scholarships.
- Foster youth (or former foster youth) should apply for the Guardian Scholars Program.
- Remember that all scholarships are awarded on a very competitive basis.
How to apply
Follow these instructions to apply for the UCSD freshmen scholarships listed below:
- File your UC Application for Admissions and Scholarships by the November 30 deadline.
- For financial need scholarhips, file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), OR if AB540 eligible, and unable to file a FAFSA, file a California Dream Application by March 2. Do not file both.
- Additional requested financial aid documents are due May 21.
- Based on the information you provided in steps 1 and 2 above, UCSD will consider you for any UCSD scholarships for which you qualify.
- Eligibility is limited to United States citizens, permanent residents, or California Dream Act students.
- UCSD will notify you of any scholarship awards between March 30 and April 30. Check your application status online using MyApplication.ucsd.edu.
Types of scholarships
You may qualify for 2 types of scholarships: merit scholarships and restricted scholarships.
- Freshmen merit scholarships: Merit scholarships are based solely on academic achievement as reflected in your UC admissions application. Link to details about these merit scholarships:
- Regents Scholarship
- Ellen and Roger Revelle Scholarship
- National Merit Scholarship (no longer sponsored by UCSD)
- Freshmen restricted scholarships: Restricted scholarships are awarded on academic merit plus additional criteria such as demonstrated financial need, field of interest, or leadership. If selected, you may need to provide supporting documentation to verify how you meet the restricted criteria. All personal and medical information remains confidential. Unless marked otherwise, the following are restricted scholarships: