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Types of Financial Aid

Meeting the cost of an undergraduate education is a significant investment. At UC San Diego, we are committed to providing a comprehensive need-based financial aid program that makes it financially possible for admitted students to attend. Our admission program is need-blind, meaning, for all but some international applicants, financial status will not affect the admission decision.


Grants are gift aid (financial aid you don't have to pay back) based on your financial need.


Loans are self-help aid (financial aid you must repay with interest) available under varying terms and conditions.


Scholarships are gift aid (financial aid you don't have to pay back) awarded on merit, academic excellence, and additional criteria, such as financial need or leadership.


Work-study is self-help aid (money you must earn) offered through federal- or state-subsidized student employment programs.


Financial aid is available for study abroad programs, exchange programs, and internships during both the summer and the regular academic year. Aid is also available for a number of exchange programs.


UC San Diego's Summer Session is considered an addition to the academic year. Limited financial aid funding is available. Be sure to enroll in at least 6 units at your earliest opportunity for possible priority funding (if eligible).

Military Affiliated Student Benefits

Federal and state programs offer educational benefits for veterans and their eligible family members.

Other Funding Sources

You may qualify for educational funding outside UC San Diego.

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International Students

Explore Financial Aid opportunities for International Students.

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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