Entering Undergraduate Students
Welcome to those of you who have been accepted and plan to attend our campus!
The following information will help you navigate the steps you must take to be sure you have the funding you need to get started. Best wishes, and welcome to UC Davis!
Intro to MyAwards
Upon Admission Notification
March (through September)
Financial Aid and Scholarships continues to prepare, post, and adjust financial aid awards based on any additional information or resources.
Undergraduate and Prestigious Scholarships 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 through August.
Check the status of your financial aid at UC Davis online at MyAwards to be sure you have completed all requirements by the June 15 deadline for entering Freshmen, and the July 16 deadline for entering Transfer students. If you are accepting loans, you can begin satisfying your requirements after July 1. Be prepared to meet your expected student and self-help contribution amount listed in MyAwards through outside scholarships, employment, and saving throughout the summer.
Cal Grant awards for entering freshmen are initially posted as estimates and will be updated in August once the awards are confirmed with California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). Sign up here to track the status of your Cal Grant, Middle Class Scholarship, or Chafee Grant. View the status under your Grant panels and cards.
Billing statements are available online at MyBill. 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 on the first day of instruction. Students can sign up for Direct Deposit online to have their financial aid refunds deposited directly into their bank accounts. Students with a balance owed will need to make sure they arrange for payment by the September 15 deadline. If necessary, you can consider signing up for the Deferred Payment Plan through Student Accounting.
Welcome to UC Davis! Be sure to enroll in at least 12 units (waitlisted classes do not count) to ensure complete financial aid authorization and disbursement. Confirm that your account in MyBill is paid in full by September 15 to avoid being dropped from your classes and assessed a late fee penalty. For eligible students, the Orientation Grant will be awarded to offset orientation fees. Check Important Dates regularly to ensure you meet any upcoming deadlines.
October - March 2
Beginning October 1, students can apply for financial aid by completing the annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA). For full financial aid consideration, students must submit their financial aid application by the priority filing deadline of March 2 for each academic year. Students who file after the March 2 priority filing deadline may jeopardize their eligibility for university or state grant funding. Be sure you have listed the UC Davis School Code 001313 on your FAFSA or CADAA.
For new applicants, to apply for the Cal Grant, in addition to completing the FAFSA or Dream Act Application, you must also submit the GPA Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) before March 2.