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Housing Frequently Asked Questions

Financial Aid packages are based on the Housing status reported on the annual FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application.

  • On Campus
  • Off Campus
  • Living with Parent

As of October 2021 selected students were sent an email to log into the Document Submission Tool to upload a copy of their lease by October 15, 2021. If you have not created an account for the Document Submission Tool please visit https://faoforms.ucsd.edu/forms/DocumentSubmissionTool.pdf for instructions.

Please note that any housing status revision requests received after October 15, 2021 will be applied to the Winter 2022 and Spring 2022 quarter as applicable.

Please continue to keep an eye on your UC San Diego email and Financial Aid Tool on MyTritonLink for any important updates.

Yes, it will change slightly. The cost associated with Off Campus housing is included for financial aid. It is estimated to cost about $300 less per term than On Campus housing. See the 2021-22 Undergraduate Cost of Attendance chart to compare total costs for the year.

Once you've received your award notification, accepted and completed financial aid will show as credits on your fall billing statement in early September.

  • The fall portion of the funds (a third of the total) will pay towards the fall bill.

  • If your financial aid funds exceed your bill, refunds are sent by Student Financial Solutions during the first week of class each term.

  • Enroll in direct deposit to get your refund faster

  • You should budget your refund for the entire quarter.

Emails were sent in October if you were selected for this process with instruction to upload your lease in the Financial Aid Document Submission Tool. The deadline to submit the lease is Friday, October 15. If you have not created an account for the Document Submission Tool please visit https://faoforms.ucsd.edu/forms/DocumentSubmissionTool.pdf for instructions.

No, unless you report changes we will use your self-reported Housing status on the 2021-2022 FAFSA/CA Dream Act Application to generate your financial aid package.

If you did not indicate Living with Parents on your FAFSA/DREAM application, please email us at finaid@ucsd.edu to let us know you will be living at home. We'll adjust your financial aid accordingly. See the 2021-22 Undergraduate Cost of Attendance chart to compare total costs for the year.

You will need to either live Off Campus or with your Parents. Please notify us what you decide to do (finaid@ucsd.edu).

As of October 2021, if you are living Off campus please provide a copy of your lease by October 15, 2021 to adjust your financial aid for the Fall 2021 quarter. Please note that any housing status revision requests received after October 15, 2021 will be applied to the Winter 2022 and Spring 2022 quarter as applicable.

The Housing office provides a website to assist students locating housing Off Campus in the event that the university is not able to house you On Campus https://offcampushousing.ucsd.edu.

There is a cost allowance of approximately $790 per month included in your financial aid for the costs associated with living with Parents. If you pay more than this and would like additional loan eligibility to help you cover your rent costs, submit a Cost of Attendance Appeal in the Financial Aid Document Submission tool. These forms will be available in September for the new year. Check here for updated forms information and instructions.

Yes, financial aid is awarded up to a student's cost of attendance so changing your housing status will change your cost of attendance. See the 2021-22 Undergraduate Cost of Attendance chart to compare total costs for the year. You can find out more about how financial aid packages are created here.

Examples: Financial Aid Adjustment Moving From On Campus to Living with Parent

Saul Triton

  1. Third year/Junior
  2. Expected Family Contribution from the FAFSA is $0
  BEFORE: On Campus AFTER: Living with Parent
Estimated Cost of Attendance $34,110 $26,835
Expected Family Contribution $0 $0
Pell $6,495 $6,495
Cal Grant $12,570 $12,570
Subsidized Direct Loan $5,500 $5,500
Unsubsidized Direct Loan $1,000 $1,000
Work-Study $2,200 $1,270
University Grant $6,345 $0

Sally Triton

  1. Incoming first year
  2. Her Expected Family Contribution from the FAFSA is $10,000
  BEFORE: On Campus AFTER: Living with Parent
Estimated Cost of Attendance $34,110 $26,835
Expected Family Contribution $10,000 $10,000
Pell $0 $0
Cal Grant $0 $0
Subsidized Direct Loan $3,500 $3,500
Unsubsidized Direct Loan $2,000 $2,000
Work-Study $2,200 $2,200
University Loan $1,000 $1,000
University Grant $15,410 $8,135