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California Dream Loans

California Dream Loans

Award amount and term:

$2,000 per year

Aggregate Limits:



Yes. No interest accrues during in-school, grace, and authorized deferment periods. You begin paying interest after you leave school, or when your grace/deferment period ends.

Awarded and disbursed by:

UC San Diego

Interest rate:

5.05% for July 2018 to June 30, 2019

Loan fees:


Repayment of principal and interest begins

6 months after your full-time or half-time enrollment ends.

To borrow the California Dream Loan:

  1. File your California Dream Act Application and provide any requested documents before the deadlines.

  2. If UC San Diego notifies you of a California Dream loan, accept the award online using the Financial Aid tool.

  3. Sign the California Dream Loan Master Promissory Note and return to Student Financial Solutions. This document confirms your agreement to repay the loan.

    • The MPN can be submitted electronically through your TritonLink checklist (recommended) or directly to Student Financial Solutions for processing.
    • If submitting the MPN electronically, you will receive a confirmation email once completed and your checklist should be updated within 1-2 business days.
    • If submitting paper documentation, please allow 4-6 business days of processing time.
    • Mail or deliver forms to:
      Student Financial Solutions (map)
      9500 Gilman Drive, Dept. 0026
      La Jolla, CA 92093-0026

  4. Complete online entrance loan counseling (first-time borrowers only).

  5. Loan funds will be credited to your UC San Diego student account (read more about how you get your money).