Eligibility Requirements

Many grants, scholarships and loans are awarded based on financial need.  A few UC Santa Cruz scholarships are awarded based on academic merit. State Cal Grants are awarded based on both financial need and GPA. The unsubsidized and Parent PLUS loans do not have a need requirement.   

Financial need is calculated as follows:

     Cost of attendance    
     minus EFC (Expected Family Contribution from FAFSA) 
     minus any other financial awards a student receives
     equals financial need

Students who meet application deadlines will be considered for all types of aid administered by UC Santa Cruz.  Students who miss deadlines, will be considered for aid based on the availability of funds.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Students must be California residents and be US citizens or eligible non-citizens to receive most forms of aid at UC Santa Cruz. Exceptions include students who qualify for aid under the California Dream Act. Also, some non-California resident students and international students on a student visa may qualify for the Undergraduate Dean's Award.

  2. Students must be enrolled in a degree program - all students admitted to UC Santa Cruz meet this requirement (students seeking a second bachelor's degree are eligible for student loans only). Students enrolled in Summer Session only or enrolled but not admitted to the University are not eligible for financial aid. 

  3. Undergraduates at UCSC are expected to enroll in at least 12 course credits per quarter to maintain full-time enrollment status. Graduate students, must enroll in two upper division or graduate-level, full-credit courses each quarter unless you have been advanced to candidacy.  Students who have been approved for part-time enrollment, may enroll in fewer credits. To receive aid, students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 units for undergraduate students/5 units for graduate students)

  4. Students must not be in default on a student loan or owe a repayment on a federal grant.

  5. To be eligible for federal and state funded aid programs, students must not have been convicted of a drug related violation while receiving federal student aid.  To determine if you are affected by this rule, complete a Drug Conviction Worksheet.  This rule does not impact eligibility for UC administered student aid.

Students who attended a California high school for 3 years may qualify to have their non-resident tuition waived under AB540 legislation.

Important Note for Non-California residents: Non-California residents do not quality for grant programs offered through the University of California Santa Cruz. Financial aid will not cover non-resident tuition.  

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