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Important Updates

  • The 2024-25 FAFSA and CADAA are now open. The priority filing date for both applications has been extended to April 2, 2024. Visit Apply for Financial Aid for details.
  • The Department of Education has announced they will send information from the 2024-25 FAFSA to schools in mid-March. This may result in a delay in financial aid packaging and offers for the 2024-25 academic year.

Newly Admitted Freshmen and Transfer Students

Summer financial aid is available for newly admitted freshmen and transfer students which includes the Special Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP). Please see below for your corresponding group on requirements that need to be completed to be eligible for summer financial aid.

Special Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP)

STEP is a two-year program that begins with a six-week summer residential program. STEP offers participants six units of college credit, academic advising, skill development opportunities, and an orientation to the campus.

Students in the STEP program admitted for fall 2023 will need to complete the following criteria to be eligible for financial aid:

  • Submit your Statement of Intent to Register
  • Submit a Statement of Legal Residence
  • File a 2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by June 30, 2023, as the summer term will be part of the 2022-23 academic year. UC Davis school code 001313.
  • Submit your online Summer Session Application to the Office of Undergraduate Education.
  • Complete all verification requirements and submit documents requested by our office. Requirements can be viewed in your MyAwards under the Requirements tab. Please make sure to select the 2022-23 term.
  • Financial aid disbursement is based on the number of units and session(s) in which you are enrolled.

    • Waitlisted units do not count towards the 6-unit requirement for disbursement.
    • See Billing and Disbursement for details.

Visit STEP FAQs to learn more.

    Other Newly Admitted Freshman and Transfer Students

    Newly admitted freshman and transfer students for fall 2023 must meet the following criteria to be eligible for summer financial aid:

    • Submit your Statement of Intent to Register
    • Submit a Statement of Legal Residence
    • File a 2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by June 30, 2023, as the summer term will be part of the 2022-23 academic year. UC Davis school code 001313.
    • Submit your online Summer Session Application (available in May) to the Office of Undergraduate Education.
    • Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units in order to be considered for financial aid. 
    • Once you have registered for summer courses apply for summer financial aid by submitting a paper Summer Financial Aid Application.
    • Complete all verification requirements and submit documents requested by our office. Requirements can be viewed in your MyAwards under the Requirements tab. Please make sure to select the 2022-23 term.
    • Financial aid disbursement is based on the number of units and session(s) in which you are enrolled.

      • Waitlisted units do not count towards the 6-unit requirement for disbursement.
      • See Billing and Disbursement for details.
    • If you plan on attending another UC for the summer term please visit UC Davis Students Attending Summer at Another UC site to get more information regarding being eligible for summer financial aid.

    For additional information regarding the application process and eligibility requirements, please refer to the Summer Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements and Maintaining Financial Aid Eligibility sections.

    For more information regarding how changes may affect your aid, please visit Consumer Information.