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Prospective Students

As a first-year applicant, you must earn a high school diploma (or equivalent) and satisfy these requirements.

Prospective Undergraduates

Current Students

Learn about the important dates that you'll encounter throughout the application process.

Undergraduate Students

Graduate Students

Special Cases

Our goal is to identify and admit students who are fully prepared to excel in our challenging academic environment.

Hope Scholars

Military Affiliated Students

International Students

Undocumented Students

Financial Aid Forms

Better FAFSA, Better Future

Learn about the upcoming 2024-25 changes to Federal Financial Aid .

FAFSA Simplification

Financial Aid Forms

Financial Aid Forms

Access printable financial aid and scholarship forms.

Financial Aid Forms


Fall 2023

Oct 13

Fall 2023 Financial Aid Unit Freeze

Nov 10

Office Closed: Veterans Day

Nov 23-24

Office Closed: Thanksgiving

Dec 16

Last day of Fall 2023


2023-24 FAFSA and CADAA

Winter 2024

Dec 21

Registration fee payment deadline

Dec 30

Financial Aid begins disbursing to student billing accounts

Dec 25-
Jan 2

Office Closed: Holiday Recess

Jan 3

Return from Holiday Recess

Jan 8

First day of classes and refunds begin from Student Financial Solutions

Jan 19

Academic Calendar


2023-2024 FAFSA/DREAM Act applications: While March 2, 2023 was the 2023-24 priority filing deadline for eligible students for state and institutional financial aid consideration, we still encourage eligible students to file for 2023-2024 federal aid and institutional financial aid (pending funding availability).

Middle Class Scholarships awarding will begin in late November 2023 through early 2024.

Cal Grant eligible but no Cal Grant on Tritonlink? Log into Webgrants 4 Students to confirm or change your school of attendance to UC San Diego (school code 001317).

2023-24 Special Circumstances appeals We continue to review EFC Calculation and Cost of Attendance appeals in date order received.

For information on Housing and Financial Aid visit: Housing and Your Aid (

Monitor your ucsd email for important updates.

Wondering where to get started on Federal Student Loan repayment? Visit Understanding your student loan repayment options | University of California for more information.

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

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.

Financial Aid Estimator

Financial Aid Estimator

Use the UC San Diego financial aid calculator to find an early estimate of your full-time cost of attendance and financial aid.

Estimate Your Aid

UC San Diego is committed to using the Principles & Standards of the College Cost Transparency Initiative in its student financial aid offer.



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