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Who Should Apply for Financial Aid?
If you feel that you will be unable to meet the cost of a UC education with your resources alone, you should apply for financial aid. Financial aid is awarded to students based on their demonstrated financial need.
How Do I Apply?
Financial Aid Checklist
The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can complete this form anytime after January 1 st of the year you will be attending and every year thereafter.
There are two ways to complete this form. The preferred method is to complete the form on-line—students are STRONGLY encouraged to complete FAFSA online, rather than paper. This is the quickest way to get your results (usually 3-5 days from start to finish) and provides instant feedback if something appears incomplete or incorrect. If you choose this method, you must first obtain a Personal Identification Number (PIN) for the student and a separate PIN for one parent. This PIN allows you to electronically sign the form. Each PIN can be obtained by going to www.pin.ed.gov. After completing the on-line application, you will receive your PIN through the e-mail address that you provided. Once you have your PIN information, you are ready to complete the FAFSA on the web at www.fafsa.ed.gov. After completing this on-line application, you will receive your results (called a Student Aid Report or SAR) in 2-3 days through the e-mail address that you provided.
The second way to file is to complete a paper version of the FAFSA. This form can be obtained through a local high school guidance office, a local college financial aid office, or by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID. This method usually takes 3-6 weeks to receive results.