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Financial Aid and Scholarships

We understand that there may be circumstances that affect your ability to pay for college, which may not be apparent in your initial financial aid information. Perhaps your income has changed since the application was filed. Or, you may have educational expenses that weren’t included in your financial aid budget. Our counselors can help with our appeal process, that will allow us to evaluate the impact of your special circumstances on your eligibility to pay for college.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE EVALUATION PROCESS: Financial Aid and Scholarships manages federal loans and work-study eligibility for graduate students. Therefore your appeal, if approved, will affect your eligibility for these awards only. It will not change your eligibility for graduate support (TA ships, fellowships, etc.)

DEADLINE: Three weeks before the end of the academic year.

EVALUATION PROCESS: Appeals are typically reviewed in 10-15 business days. During busy processing times (such as the summer), it may take longer for your appeal to be evaluated. Once the review is completed, if your appeal is approved you will receive a revised notification of eligibility on MyUCLA reflecting the changes made to your award. If your appeal is denied, you will receive an email to notify you of the reason(s) for the denial. If the Expected Family Contribution on your Student Aid Report is 0, submitting a projected year income appeal for students will not further decrease your EFC. Given that zero is the lowest EFC number, you have been offered the maximum amount of Financial Aid available.

Please take a look below at the list of most common reasons for an appeal.

Changes that affect your cost of education (financial aid budget)

If your qualified educational expenses during the academic year exceed your basic financial aid budget, you can appeal for more help. You can use the following appeal forms to document qualified additional expenses. Please read the instructions carefully and submit the appeal form and all supporting documentation to Financial Aid and Scholarships office. These forms can be found under the Forms and Publications Page .

  • A Housing Adjustment Form should be submitted to request a change in your housing status (for example off-campus to on-campus) or to request a budget increase because your housing costs exceed the standard allowance that is already included in your financial aid budget.
  • A Budget Increase Request can be submitted if your aid needs to be increased to cover the following costs:
    Computer purchase
    Student’s medical/dental/optical expenses not covered by insurance
    Childcare expenses
    Special Projects
    Airfare – cost of travel to visit family for the holidays or in an emergency

Changes that affect your income

If your income this year will be significantly different from the income listed on your application for aid, your eligibility for aid can be reevaluated. This type of appeal may change your eligibility for a Federal Work-Study. Please review this information only if you are interested in these awards and they haven’t been offered to you already.

Circumstances that qualify for a reevaluation of income are:

  • Loss of employment by you or your spouse
  • Divorce or death of a spouse

You can find the projected year income appeal forms on our Forms and Publications page to submit an appeal based on loss of earnings. Please read the instructions carefully and submit the appeal form and all supporting documentation to Financial Aid and Scholarships office.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding

Students who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic in 2021, demonstrate exceptional financial need through the FAFSA or DREAM Act application, and can document additional funding needs, should submit the UCLA Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Grant Appeal Form.

Awarding priority will go to those who have not already received a HEERF grant.