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Forms 2021-2022

Submitting Documents

You may submit verification documents (tasks), including some appeals, by logging into the Financial Aid and Scholarships (FAS) student portal through your Tritonlink and accessing the Document Submission tool.

We are happy to introduce the Financial Aid Document Submission Tool, a new way to submit your financial aid documents for the 2021-22 academic year. This new tool allows you to complete your documents with an e-signature and is mobile friendly, so you can complete tasks using your phone and even opt in for text reminders.

How to access the Document Submission Tool


Verification Documents

Verification is a process required by the state and federal government intended to improve the accuracy of the information submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Act Application. The university may not disburse federal student aid until the verification process is complete.

  • Deadlines: The 2021-2022 priority document submission deadline is May 1 for Continuing Students and June 15 for New First-year and Transfer Students. Tasks assigned after the deadline are due within 2 weeks of being notified. Submitting documents after the priority deadline may result in limited funding.
  • Process:
    • Documentation: If selected for verification documents required for verification include the online UC San Diego Household verification form and federal tax returns (for specifics please log into your TritonLink).
      • If additional information is required you will be sent an email to your UC San Diego email address to log in to the Document Submission tool for more information.
    • Results: Once verification is completed an email is sent to your UC San Diego email address to review the updated financial aid awards on TritonLink. Response timeframes vary based on peak workload times (June-September).
  • Corrections after verification? If you need to make corrections to the information submitted for verification please contact the UC San Diego Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.


Cost of Attendance

Unexpected expenses can occur despite careful planning of your academic year budget. If you incur certain costs above the expenses shown on UC San Diego's estimated costs of attendance, the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office may be able to add them to your budget and cover them with student loans, based on funding availability. On occasion, other types of funding may be available such as work-study or, for Graduate students, departmental funds. We will begin processing submitted appeals late September 2021.

2021-2022 appeals for the current academic year are due by May 15, 2022. Costs accrued for Summer 2022 enrollment can be documented through the end of your enrolled Summer session.



FAMILY CONTRIBUTION Appeals: Available Now

Financial Aid and Scholarships provides a Family Contribution Appeal when changes to a family's financial situation occur, special circumstances which are not reflected on their initial aid application. By exception, Financial Aid and Scholarships will review and consider changes to the student's available aid based on the information provided. 

You will be notified when your appeal has been processed, or if any additional information is required. Based on the time of year the Financial Aid and Scholarships office prioritizes initial financial aid verification and packaging. We will begin reviewing appeals right away with a goal of updating aid packages in the Summer.

While every effort will be made to review any appeals prior to the fee deadline (but no earlier than 2 weeks prior to initial submission) please plan accordingly in relation to the fee deadline and considering options offered as part of your initial financial aid offer. Please monitor this page for updates on general appeal processing timelines.

Please note, if selected for verification, your appeal will not be reviewed until after verification has been completed.


Dependency Appeals: Available Now

This appeal is for applicants who would like to request a review of their dependency status for financial aid consideration. Please read the following information before submitting a Dependency Appeal. Federal regulations state that a student is considered independent for financial aid if he or she can answer yes to any one of the dependency questions on the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application. The dependency criteria are the same for both applications.

If you do not meet any of the criteria and feel your circumstances warrant review for independent status, submit a Dependency Appeal form, and supporting documents, to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office for review. Please note, a student is not considered independent solely based on:

  • self-sufficiency
  • a parent's unwillingness to provide information
  • a parent's unwillingness to assist with educational expenses
  • a parent not claiming the student as a dependent for income tax purposes

If you have read the above and wish to submit a Dependency Appeal, please see the Instructions.


Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

For students to receive financial aid under the programs authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act, the U.S. Department of Education requires you to maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP). SAP standards apply to all Title IV programs including Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Federal Work-Study, and Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized, Unsubsidized, Parent and Graduate PLUS Loans). SAP standards also apply to the Cal Grant programs, State and University need-based aid.

If you don't meet SAP standards you will lose your financial aid eligibility. If you had extenuating circumstances that prevented you from meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress, you may appeal.

SAP is reviewed annually for all students, and again quarterly for students not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress standards. After spring grades post, preliminary SAP notices will be sent to students not meeting SAP standards. Those students may want to consider if summer courses could help them.

The official end of year SAP review takes place after Summer Session grades post. At this point, students not meeting SAP will receive a notice of ineligible SAP status. A SAP appeal will be available in your MyTritonlink Financial Aid tool.

2021-22 SAP Requirements


Minimum cumulative UC grade point average.

2.0 3.0

Dividing cumulative number of courses successfully completed(NR, NP, I, F, W, IP grades excluded) by the cumulative number of courses attempted.

Equal to or greater than the required pace percentage by year/grade level.

  • First year: (0-44 units) 30%
  • Second year: (45 – 89 units) 50%
  • Third/Fourth years: (90+ units) 66%
  • Readmitted students: 50% for the year readmitted
  • First Year Grad: 50%
  • Second year and beyond: 66%
Maximum Timeframe

150% of the published length of the program.

258 attempted units Varies based on program

*see Undergraduate and Graduate link for details, exceptions and conditions.

2021-22 SAP Appeal Deadlines

Fall 2021
Winter 2022
Spring 2022

Loan Forms

To access loan forms, go to the “Manage Awards” section of your FAS student portal in Tritonlink to see if you are offered federal and/or institutional student specific loans. If offered a loan, please use the selection column to accept/decline federal and institutional student specific loans. Instructions on how parents can apply for a Federal Direct Parent Loan (PLUS) can be found on our Loan Information page (see the ”PLUS” section) and in the “Important Information” section of your FAS student portal.


Protect Your Data

Protect Your Data

UC San Diego is helping you protect your information. Prior to sending any document to the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office by email, it should be password protected.