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Prospective Students

As a first-year applicant, you must earn a high school diploma (or equivalent) and satisfy these requirements.

Prospective Undergraduates

Current Students

Learn about the important dates that you'll encounter throughout the application process.

Undergraduate Students

Graduate Students

Special Cases

Our goal is to identify and admit students who are fully prepared to excel in our challenging academic environment.

Hope Scholars

Military Affiliated Students

International Students

Undocumented Students

Financial Aid Forms

Better FAFSA, Better Future

Learn about the upcoming 2024-25 changes to Federal Financial Aid .

FAFSA Simplification

Financial Aid Forms

Financial Aid Forms

Access printable financial aid and scholarship forms.

Financial Aid Forms


Winter 2024

Jan 19
Feb 19

Office Closed: President’s Day

Feb 22

Winter 2024 earned 100% Federal Financial Aid

Mar 4

2024-25 Priority filing deadline 2024-25 FAFSA OR CADAA

Mar 23

Last day of Winter 2024

Mar 29

Office Closed: César Chávez Day

Spring 2024

Mar 22

Spring 2024 Registration Fee Payment Deadline

Mar 23

Financial Aid begins disbursing to student billing accounts

Mar 27

Refunds begin from Student Financial Solutions

Apr 1

First day of classes

Apr 12
May 16

Spring 2024 earned 100% Federal Financial Aid

May 27

Office Closed: Memorial Day

Academic Calendar


2023-2024 FAFSA/DREAM Act applications: While March 2, 2023 was the 2023-24 priority filing deadline for eligible students for state and institutional financial aid consideration, we still encourage eligible students to file for 2023-2024 federal aid and institutional financial aid (pending funding availability).

Middle Class Scholarships awarding will begin in late November 2023 through early 2024.

Cal Grant eligible but no Cal Grant on Tritonlink? Log into Webgrants 4 Students to confirm or change your school of attendance to UC San Diego (school code 001317).

2023-24 Special Circumstances appeals We continue to review EFC Calculation and Cost of Attendance appeals in date order received.

For information on Housing and Financial Aid visit: Housing and Your Aid (

Monitor your ucsd email for important updates.

Wondering where to get started on Federal Student Loan repayment? Visit Understanding your student loan repayment options | University of California for more information.

UC 2024-25 Priority Filing Deadline

The California State financial aid deadline requires GPA submission by March 4, and FAFSA or California DREAM application by April 2. However, UC strongly encourages you to submit your applications by March 4 in order to receive financial aid offers in time to make an informed college choice.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

The first step to apply for financial aid is to submit the appropriate application, ideally by the priority deadline.

The FAFSA is available for US citizens and eligible non-citizens (ie, permanent residents).

The California Dream Act Application is available for undocumented students who qualify for the AB540 fee exemption.


  • UC San Diego School Code: 001317



Dream Act

  • UC San Diego School Code: 001317

Dream Act Info

If your financial circumstances have changed in 2023 compared to the 2022 year income information reported on your 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or CA Dream Act Application, there is a process to address these changes called the Special Circumstances appeal. Generally the form becomes available late Summer and is processed during the following Fall quarter. Once available, the form and instructions will be posted on our website at Forms ( .

Financial Aid Estimator

Financial Aid Estimator

Use this tool to see how much federal student aid you may be eligible to receive for in the 2024-25 academic year.

Estimate Your Aid

College Cost Transparency Initiative


UC San Diego is committed to using the Principles & Standards of the College Cost Transparency Initiative in its student financial aid offer.



Higher Education videos for Financial Aid & Student Services.

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UC YouTube Resources

Videos focus on applying for financial aid and offer tips on other methods of financing your education.

UC Videos

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? Use this resource to find answers to all your frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions