College is possible for everyone, and a variety of financial aid options are available to help with the costs. As you consider the value of a college education, the U.S. Department of Education has developed a very useful and informative website, studentaid.ed.gov, to help you plot your road to college. Visit it today!
Start looking into financial aid in your sophomore year of high school. Read the Fund Your Future guide published by the California Student Aid Commission.
At the UC Davis Financial Aid Office, our staff will do their very best to help you get the financial aid you need to meet your educational goals. Here's what you'll need to know when applying for financial aid:
Timeline for High School Senior and Community College Transfer Students
- NOVEMBER: You apply for UC scholarships when you apply for admission to the University.
- JANUARY-MARCH 2: Complete your FAFSA online at fafsa.ed.gov. You and your parents should obtain a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at pin.ed.gov. Your PIN serves as your electronic signature and provides access to your personal FAFSA records. If you are not eligible to apply for the FAFSA, complete a California Dream Act Application at dream.csac.ca.gov. Submit your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application as soon as possible after January 1 and before March 2 for priority consideration. Be sure to list UC Davis school code 001313.
- For students filing a FAFSA, review your Student Aid Report (SAR) which should arrive by email soon after submitting your application. This serves as confirmation that your FAFSA has been received.
- All students should also apply for Cal Grant by submitting a GPA Verification form to the California Student Aid Commission before March 2. The form is available online at csac.ca.gov, or through your high school, community college, or financial aid office.
- MID-MARCH: If you are admitted to UC Davis, visit the Financial Aid website at financialaid.ucdavis.edu/MyAwards to view your financial aid package online. After you've submitted your Statement of Intent to Register to UC Davis Admissions you can accept your awards and complete any requirements.
- MARCH-SEPTEMBER: The Financial Aid Office continues preparing and posting financial aid awards based on any additional information or resources.
- APRIL: The Undergraduate & Prestigious Scholarship Office begins awarding scholarships to recipients who are not required to show financial need. Most initial scholarships to new students are announced prior to May 1. The remaining recognition awards will continue to be announced into the summer.
- JUNE-SEPTEMBER: Check the status of your financial aid at UC Davis online at MyAwards to be sure you've completed all requirements. Work during the summer to help earn the student Self-Help expectation.
- JULY-OCTOBER: Cal Grant awards are processed. Cal Grant awards for entering freshman are initially posted as estimates and will be updated once the awards are confirmed with CSAC. This typically happens in mid-July. Awards for newly admitted transfer students are typically processed later, from August through October.
- LATE AUGUST: Billing statements are available online at mybill.ucdavis.edu. Authorized aid will show for students who have accepted aid and completed their requirements. Any financial aid funds remaining after all University charges have been paid will disburse to the student in Fall Quarter. Students can sign up online at directdeposit.ucdavis.edu to have their financial aid funds deposited directly to their bank accounts.
- SEPTEMBER: Welcome to UC Davis! Enroll in at least 12 units to ensure complete financial aid authorization and disbursement and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as explained in MyAwards.
- You simultaneously apply for scholarships offered through UC Davis when you complete the UC Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarships between November 1-30. If you are transferring from a junior college, submit one letter of recommendation directly to UC Davis. Refer to the instruction section of the Undergraduate Application for Admission to the University of California for further guidance.
- Throughout the year, a number of outside organizations contact the Undergraduate & Prestigious Scholarships Office to publicize their scholarship opportunities. To help our students access the many available scholarships, we maintain the Outside Agency Scholarships webpage. The selection criteria, application process, and deadlines for these external scholarships vary, so please review the listings and associated websites for more detailed information.