Frequently Asked Questions

Undergraduate

General/Application Process Questions

What is an FSA ID?

An FSA ID is a username and password that you must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. Your FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the right to access your own personal information on ED websites such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) at fafsa.gov.

Your FSA ID is used to sign legally binding documents electronically. It has the same legal status as a written signature. Don't give your FSA ID to anyone—not even to someone helping you fill out the FAFSA. Sharing your FSA ID could put you at risk of identity theft

If you are a parent of a dependent student, you will need your own FSA ID if you want to sign your child's FAFSA electronically. If you have more than one child attending college, you can use the same FSA ID to sign all applications. Please note: Each FSA ID user must have a unique e-mail address.

Your FSA ID is used to sign legally binding documents electronically. It has the same legal status as a written signature. Don't give your FSA ID to anyone—not even to someone helping you fill out the FAFSA. Sharing your FSA ID could put you at risk of identity theft

What Happened to the Federal Student Aid Pin

The FSA ID replaces the Federal Student Aid PIN. If you already have a PIN, you can link your information to your new FSA ID by entering your PIN while registering for your FSA ID. (This will save you time when registering for your FSA ID.) However, a PIN is not required to create an FSA ID.

Do I have to apply for financial aid every year?

Yes. Your financial situation must be reassessed each year.

How do I apply for financial aid?

You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. Priority filing deadline for University Grant, Federal Perkins Loan and Federal Work-Study consideration is March 2 each year for the upcoming year. If you are a continuing applicant, you will be able to access and complete a renewal FAFSA on the web if you know your FAFSA user name and password. If you are unable to access the renewal application you can complete a new FAFSA on the web or via paper (paper applications are available at the Service Counter).

If you are not a US Citizen, but graduate from a California High School, you may be eligible to complete a DREAM Act Application.  Click here for more information regarding the DREAM Act Application.

What is the deadline to apply for financial aid?

Applications for the upcoming academic year become available on October 1 each year and should be filed by the March 2 priority deadline. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and limit your eligibility to federal aid (Pell Grant, Federal Stafford and Parent Loans) only.

My parents don't provide me with financial support. Can I apply as an “Independent” student?

In order to be considered independent for financial aid purposes you must meet one of the following criteria:

• You must turn 24 before January 1 of the academic year that you are applying for.

• Be a Graduate/Professional student.

• Be married.

• Have children who receive more than half of their support from you.

• Have dependents (other than your children/spouse) that live with you and receive more than half of their support from you.

• Be an orphan or ward/dependent of the court.

• Be a veteran of the United States Armed Forces.

• You are or were an emancipated minor as determined by a court in your state of legal residence.

• You are or were in legal guardianship as determined by a court in your state of legal residence.

• If your high school or school district homeless liaison determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless in the year before you apply for financial aid.

• If a director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless in the year before you apply for financial aid.

• If a director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless in the year before you apply for financial aid.

If you do not meet any of the criteria listed above, but can document extreme family circumstances that prevent you from obtaining your parents information/support, you may file an Independent Appeal Form with the Financial Aid and Scholarships office for a possible reevaluation of your status.

My parents are divorced. Whose information do I provide on the FAFSA?

Provide information for the parent you lived with more during the past twelve months. If you did not live with one parent more than the other, give answers about the parent who provided more financial support during the last twelve months, or during the most recent year that you actually received from a parent. If this parent is remarried as of today, answer the questions about that parent and the person whom your parent married (your step-parent).

My parents live in another country. Do I need to report their information on the FAFSA?

Yes. Report their financial data in U.S. dollars. Use the exchange rate at the time you complete the FAFSA form.

How can I make corrections to my FAFSA?

If you filed electronically you can use your PIN to correct your application on the web at www.fafsa.gov.

If you filed a paper application you must use the Student Aid Report (SAR) to make corrections. If you need to request a copy of your SAR, call 1-800-4FEDAID.

How do I get a copy of my Student Aid Report (SAR)?

If you filed electronically you may print a copy of your SAR off the web, using your PIN. If you completed a paper application you need to call 1-800-4FEDAID to obtain a free copy of your SAR.

I want to apply for financial aid, but I or my parents haven't completed their Federal Tax Returns yet. Should I wait to file my FAFSA?

In order for you to be considered for all types of financial aid you must submit your FAFSA before the priority filing deadline of March 2. You can provide estimated financial information on your application. Once you and/or your parents file the federal tax returns you will need to access your FAFSA data and update it with information from the tax returns.

I am expecting to receive outside assistance (scholarships, fellowships, loans, etc.) How will these affect my financial aid?

Because UCLA meets 100% of your demonstrated need with a combination of grant, scholarship, work-study, and subsidized/unsubsidized student and Parent loan sources, the receipt of aid from outside sources does make an adjustment to your aid necessary. In order that these awards can help a student as much as possible, it is our policy to replace a student's self-help (loan and work awards) first. If the amount of outside aid received exceeds the amount of loan and work in your package, grants are then reduced.

Any delay in reporting this information to the Financial Aid and Scholarships office may result in you receiving financial aid in excess of your eligibility, which will necessitate that you be billed for funds already received.

I received a better financial aid award from another university. Will UCLA match the other school's award?

UCLA does not "negotiate" their financial aid awards in response to offers from other universities. If the other school has information about your family's financial situation that you did not share with us, or if you have reason to believe we have made an error in our evaluation, please contact us to discuss a possible reevaluation.

Will I receive the same financial aid package each year I attend UCLA?

Your eligibility for financial aid is evaluated annually based on the current year FAFSA information. If your family circumstances remain relatively unchanged, you can expect to receive a similar financial aid package from one year to the next. Cal Grants are not available to students who are fifth year seniors.

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