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Graduate Students

Graduate students receive their primary funding through their department. For more information about graduate aid, please visit the Graduate Division website. If graduate support is limited, you may be eligible to apply for student loan options. Please note that graduate students are not eligible for UC Grant funding.

To apply for the loan programs complete the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application for the upcoming year as early as possible. It is recommended that you complete the financial aid application in early spring for the upcoming fall quarter.

Graduate students may receive a Direct Unsubsidized loan or a graduate PLUS loan as a FAFSA filer, or a Dream Loan if a CA Dream Act Applicant filer.  Graduate Dream loans are available and can award up to a $4,000 max per year to eligible students.

The First Step

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.


Dream Act

  • UC San Diego School Code: 001317

Dream Act Info

2023-2024: If your financial circumstances have changed compared to the 2021 income information reported on your 2023-24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or CA Dream Act Application, you can file a Special Circumstances appeal with UC San Diego. Please visit Forms ( for details.

Eligibility & Enrollment Requirements

Learn what you need to do to maintain eligibility for the loan programs.

Cost of Attendance

Use this estimated cost of attendance to help decide how much money you'll need to attend UC San Diego and how much financial aid you may need to meet that goal.

Packaging Policy

Learn how the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office calculates how much financial aid you're eligible to receive, and in what order awards are made.


Use this timeline to keep track of important filing deadlines and other events during the year before you enter UC San Diego.

How You Receive Your Financial Aid

Link to resources that can help you manage your financial aid award.

Financial Aid Estimator

Net Price Calculator

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

Estimate Your Aid



Higher Education videos for Financial Aid & Student Services.

FA TV Videos


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