Dates and Deadlines
October 1 - March 2
Submit the FAFSA or the Dream Application for the next academic year. March 2nd is the priority deadline for undergraduate students to submit a financial aid application. This deadline is important to be considered for all types of aid administered by UC Santa Cruz. You must be a California resident to be considered for institutional grant programs.
California residents must also submit the GPA Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission by March 2 if you are a new Cal Grant applicant. This form is not required to renew a Cal Grant.
April 1 through the Admission Statement of Intent to Register Deadline
New undergraduate students admitted to fall quarter who submit a valid FAFSA will receive an estimated offer of financial aid. The estimate is based on data from your FAFSA. The more accurate the data on the FAFSA, the more accurate the aid estimate. If your FAFSA data has problems, we will notify you via email and post instructions for resolving the problems on your MyUCSC To Do List. Please review your FAFSA data on line by reading the (SAR) Student Aid Report comments carefully. Take action to resolve any errors on your FAFSA as quickly as possible. The estimated aid offer is subject to change if the information on the FAFSA is incorrect, incomplete or doesn't accurately reflect your family’s ability to contribute.
This is the priority deadline for fall aid applicants to submit documents on their MyUCSC To Do List. Documents must be received in the UCSC Financial Aid and Scholarship Office by this date (or by the date listed on the request) to be considered for all types of aid administered by UC Santa Cruz.
Note: graduate students are not subject to this deadline and only California residents are considered for institutional grant programs.
July 1- September 1
Students who submit a FAFSA and all items requested by the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office on their MyUCSC To Do List, will receive an e-mail when an official financial aid offer is ready to review on MyUCSC. Admitted students who accept their admission offer will receive an official aid offer after they accept their offer of admission.
Fall quarter bills are posted. Students may view charges and anticipated aid. Pay any balance remaining after subtracting anticipated financial aid. After you accept an aid offer, you may use our Payment Estimator to estimate how much you will owe for fall quarter.
Students receiving loans for the first time must complete loan promissory notes and entrance counseling before loan funds will credit their student account. (Perkins recipients must complete the promissory note each year.) See Important Next Steps.
First Business Day of Fall Quarter
If the your financial aid is more than your university charges, the excess will be refunded to the student. There are 2 refund methods:
- Direct deposit to a personal bank account on or about the first business day of fall quarter if direct deposit is established.
- A check will be mailed to the student's mailing address as it appears in MyUCSC. Checks are mailed weekly after the quarter begins.
Deadline for new undergraduate students admitted to winter quarter to submit documents on the their MyUCSC To Do List. Documents must be received in the UCSC Financial Aid and Scholarship Office by this date.(or by the date listed on the request) to be considered for all types of aid administered by UC Santa Cruz.