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FAFSA & Dream Act

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

You may apply for the FAFSA or the California Dream Act.

  • 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

COMING SOON If your financial circumstances have changed compared to the 2020 income information reported on your 2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or CA Dream Act Application, you can file a Family Contribution appeal with UC San Diego 2022-23 Family Contribution appeal. Visit here for updates.



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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions