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Financial Aid Timeline Graduate Students

The financial aid process begins as soon as you apply to UC San Diego. Use this timeline to keep track of important filing deadlines and other events during the year before you enter UC San Diego. Contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, (858) 534-4480, for specific questions about your file.


If you're a new financial aid applicant, register for your FSA ID from the Department of Education so you can electronically sign your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

NOTE for 2024-25:

For 2024-25 the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is scheduled to be available in December 2023. For updates on availability visit

Generally the 2024-25 California Dream Act Application (CADAA) is available at the same time as the FAFSA. For updates on the 2024-25 CADAA visit



  • The FAFSA and CADAA are scheduled to be available. Make sure to list UC San Diego school code 001317 on the application, so UC San Diego will receive your information.
    • Learn more about the FAFSA.
    • Students who have a Social Security Number must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students should not complete both applications.
    • The Dream Act Application is an application for state and university aid. It is not an application for federal financial aid. The application is for:
      • AB540 eligible students.
      • Students who cannot file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA).
      • Students who attended at least three full years in a California public or private high school.
      • Graduated from a California High School or attained the equivalent prior to the start of the college term.
      • If without lawful immigration status, have or will file an affidavit with the college or university they are attending stating that they have filed an application to legalize their immigration status, or will file an application as soon as they are eligible to do so. This affidavit is filed with the college they attend.
  • Once you filed your Financial Aid Application:
    • FAFSA Filers: Ensure that your FAFSA is complete with the Department of Education.
      • Review the FAFSA Submission Summary for accuracy, and make sure the UC San Diego school code 001317 is listed and the name, date and SSN on your UC Admissions application matches the information on your FAFSA.
      • If necessary, correct your FAFSA online
  • CADAA filers: Ensure that you submitted your application through the California Student Aid Commissions (CSAC). After the initial successful submission of your application, the CSAC will send you an email with your nine-digit Dream ID number. If you haven’t received an email from us, be sure to check your spam/junk folders. Keep this number in a safe place; you will use your Dream ID number.
    • Review your application for accuracy and make sure the UC San Diego school code 001317 is listed.
    • If necessary, correct your CA Dream Act Application online through CSAC.


  • May 2 is the priority filing deadline for the 2024-25 FAFSA OR CA Dream Act Application.

  • If your FAFSA Submission Summary indicates you've been selected for verification: Complete the requested independent verification worksheet and submit it to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.

  • Additional documents/actions deadline, May 1: Check the Financial Aid tool for additional documents or required actions. Submit any additional documents by the deadline to qualify for the best financial aid. Additional documents/actions may include verification worksheets, tax return transcripts, and resolving FAFSA processing holds indicated on your FAFSA Submission Summary.

  • Upon admission to UC San Diego, you'll receive a PAC number (personal access code). Use your PAC to access your financial aid status and official financial aid awards using the Financial Aid tool.

  • Set up your UC San Diego e-mail account as soon as possible, and check your e-mail in-box often, for important communications from the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. These messages may include requests for additional information to complete your application or to view and accept your official financial aid offer.


  • Graduate departments begin to notify the Financial Aid Office of any department support you'll receive. (This needs to happen before the Financial Aid Office awards any other funding.)

  • Continue to check your e-mail account often for important communications from your department and the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.

  • Begin saving money for expenses that you'll need to pay before you receive your fall quarter financial aid.


  • If your department has notified the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office of your department awards, the Financial Aid Office will determine your Graduate student loan eligibility.

  • Review your financial aid status and view and accept your awards using the Financial Aid tool.

  • If you're receiving any other support (including employment) not included on your financial aid award notification offer, notify the Financial Aid Office.

  • If you've accepted an Unsubsidized Loan and/or Grad PLUS Loan:

  • If you've accepted a CA Dream Loan:

  • Continue to review national competitive scholarships and outside agency scholarships so you can meet application deadlines. Many require references, essays, and application forms that take time to complete. Carefully follow the application instructions required by each scholarship.



  • Enroll in direct deposit by the first week of September. As soon as university charges are taken from your account, any remaining award funds will be deposited into your bank account.