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Prospective Students

As a freshman 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

Financial Aid Forms

Access printable financial aid and scholarship forms for the 2019-2020 academic year (PDFs).

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Fall 2019

October 1

FAFSA 2020-2021 application opens – Now is the time to file your FAFSA for next year’s financial aid. Log on to to get started TODAY.

November 29

Continuing Undergraduate Scholarship Application opens.

December 14

Quarter ends

December 24

Our office will be closed 12/24/19 – 1/1/20

Winter 2020

January 27

Continuing Undergraduate Scholarship Application ends.

March 2

FAFSA deadline

Academic Calendar


  • Health Insurance grants will be awarded at some point late fall quarter. If you’re eligible, this will automatically be awarded to you.
  • Blue and Gold awards have now been awarded.
  • Middle Class Scholarships will be awarded late November.
  • Scholarship application for Continuing Undergraduates becomes available at the end of November. Check under SCHOLARSHIPS to get started.

Scholarship application for Continuing Undergraduates ends at the end of January.

Number of Units Enrolled Impacts Your Financial Aid

Did you know the number of units you are enrolled in impacts the amount of financial aid you receive? Initial financial aid packages are based on full-time enrollment. As long as you are enrolled in 12 or more units for a quarter, your aid will not change due to enrollment. If you enroll in less than 12, you will likely see adjustments to your package. If you enroll in less than 8 units, you will likely see a reduction in your package and could owe back financial aid you have already received. Enrollment for financial aid purposes is frozen generally after the first two weeks of school immediately following the deadline to add classes.

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.

If your financial circumstances have changed compared to the 2017 income information reported on your 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or CA Dream Act Application, you can file an appeal with UC San Diego.

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.

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Higher Education videos for Financial Aid & Student Services.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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