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The 2017-2018 FAFSA and California Dream Act applications are available starting October 1. Please refer to the link below for details:

Important Changes to the 2017-2018 Financial Aid Application Process

Filing a FAFSA or California Dream Act Application

A variety of aid is available for all income levels. Whether or not you think you are eligible, we encourage you to apply for financial aid each year. Applying begins with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application. Both applications are free.

The information provided on the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application is used to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

The important things to remember are:

  • Apply early! Submit your application by the March 2 priority deadline each year for full aid consideration.
  • New for 2017-2018: "Early Application" availability. You can submit your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application starting October 1 for the upcoming academic year.
  • Also new this year: "Prior-Prior Year" allows students and their families to use income and tax information from one year earlier than previously required. This means that 2015 data will be used in 2017-2018.
  • Include the UC Davis School Code: 001313.
  • Immediately respond to any requests from the Financial Aid Office.
  • Select the correct aid year on the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application when applying (i.e., 2016-2017 for the current academic year, 2017-2018 for Fall 2017 admission).
  • Keep copies of your tax returns and other documents in case they are needed.
  • The UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will begin reviewing 2017-2018 FAFSA and California Dream Act applications in early 2017.
  • Reapply every year.

Application Tips

  • File the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application each year by March 2 for priority consideration and look for a confirmation number.
  • Include UC Davis School Code 001313 on your application.
  • All information is subject to verification according to state and federal regulation. False statements or misrepresentations may be cause for denial, reduction, cancellation, or repayment of financial aid.
  • Some people may not have filed their federal income tax return yet. It is crucial to file the FAFSA or California Dream Application by the March 2 priority filing date. 
    • If you have filed a tax return, use information from your return to complete the application.
    • If you will not file a tax return, use your current financial information.
    • If you plan to file, select "will file" on your application and use estimated tax/income information to submit your application. You must update your application information as soon as you have filed your tax return.   
  • FAFSA provides a tool that allows you to directly access tax information from a secure IRS website. For more information, watch the IRS Data Retrieval Tool tutorial video.

What to Expect After You File Your Financial Aid Application

  • If you filed a FAFSA you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the federal processor. To check the status of your application, visit  If you filed a California Dream Act Application, you will need to log in to to view your SAR or to check the status of your application. If you do not receive an email confirmation, you may not have successfully completed the application. 
  • The SAR provides you with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Financial Aid and Scholarships will use the EFC to determine the types of aid you may be eligible to receive.
  • Submit corrections to your application online through or
  • Students with a valid SAR should log in to MyAwards to view their UC Davis aid package and requirements. Information will be available in MyAwards by the following dates:
    • School of Education:
      • Teaching Credential - April
      • CANDEL - August
      • All Other Education Programs - June
    • School of Veterinary Medicine:
      • Years 1 and 4 - April
      • Years 2 and 3 - May
    • Graduate School of Management: July
    • Graduate Studies: June
    • UC Davis Extension: August

Questions About Applying?

Federal Student Aid Information Center (for FAFSA)
1-800-4-FED-AID (433-3243)

California Student Aid Commission Customer Relations (for California Dream Act Application)

UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships
Contact Us: Graduate Financial Aid

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