Disbursement and Direct Deposit

Requirements to receive Financial Aid

  • Check your “Actions Required” on MyAwards and submit all required documentation to the Financial Aid Office.
  • Meet the policies and conditions for receiving aid as outlined in the Rights and Responsibilities.
  • You must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units (including workload units) in order to receive your full aid eligibility. If you are enrolled in less than 12 units you will only receive a partial amount of Pell or Cal Grant. Once enrolled in 12 units or more your remaining Pell or Cal Grant will disburse. Wait-listed course units do not count as enrolled. 

Undergraduate Students:

Pell Grant disburses each quarter based on enrolled units:

Enrollment Status Units % Disburse
Less than Half-time Less than 6 25%
Half-time 6-8.5 50%
Three-quarter time 9-11.5 75%
Full-time 12 or more 100%

Cal Grant disburses each quarter based on enrolled units:

Enrollment Status Units % Disburse
Less than Half-time Less than 6 zero
Half-time 6-8.5 50%
Three-quarter time 9-11.5 75%
Full-time 12 or more 100%
The deadline for adjusting enrollment for Pell and Cal Grant consideration for each quarter is the 25th day of instruction (for Summer Sessions, the Last day to opt for Pass/Not Passed (P/NP) or to change units of variable-unit courses in Schedule Builder). Registration for all classes must be completed by this date to ensure the classes count towards Pell and Cal Grant eligibility. Please check the academic calendar for these published dates.

Paying Tuition and Fees/Deadlines

Each quarter, prior to the payment deadline, all authorized aid for the term will be credited to your UC Davis account to pay your outstanding charges to the University (i.e., tuition and fees, on-campus housing, etc.). This will appear as Estimated Financial Aid and will pay your outstanding balance. See the How do I receive my refund? section below for additional details. You can view your current balance and previous billing statements online at mybill.ucdavis.edu.

For the most current outstanding balance, check MyAwards. Click on the Check Current Balance button at the bottom of the page.

  • If there is a balance due after your Estimated Financial Aid has been posted, you are responsible for paying the amount prior to the payment deadline.
  • If fees are not paid by the applicable fee deadline, for details on the Undergraduate and Graduate drop for non-payment process please visit registrar.ucdavis.edu/tuition/non-payment.cfm.
Term Due Date
Fall Quarter/Semester September 15
Winter Quarter December 15
Spring Semester January 15
Spring Quarter March 15
Summer Session I/Special Session June 15
Summer Session II July 15

After Financial Aid is credited to your account:

  • If your Estimated Financial Aid is more than the balance due on your account, the difference will be issued to you as a refund, as long as your status remains the same.

Refund Pick-up Deadline

Students taking no action to pick up their refund within the 21 day time limit risk forfeiture of their Federal financial aid.

How do I receive my refund?

Direct Deposit is the preferred method for UC Davis students to receive their financial aid refunds. To sign up please visit Direct Deposit or contact the Student Accounting Office located in 2100 Dutton Hall for other options.

  • All authorized funds, including the Federal Pell Grant, are released to each student's UC Davis account approximately 10 days prior to the first day of the term, with any remainder amount issued as a refund. This disbursement schedule ensures students have acess to obtain and purchase required books and supplies by the seventh day of the payment period, or in this case the term for which financial aid is disbursed.