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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Your financial aid application will be sent to Financial Aid and Scholarships electronically. Once you submit your application to the processor it will take 2-3 business days for us to receive your FAFSA and 5-7 business days for the DREAM Act Application. We start importing applications into our system in March for the new academic year but it will take additional time for your information to be processed (see links below for notification timelines). Your application will be processed if:

  • You listed UCLA school code 001315 on your application for financial aid.
  • For FAFSA filers, you provided your correct Social Security Number on your application for admission and your FAFSA.
  • Your financial aid file is complete.

You can use MyUCLA financial aid document tracking page (under Finances and Jobs) to verify if your financial aid application has been received and to determine if additional information or supporting documentation is required before your award can be determined. If you have any questions about the status of your file or notification of eligibility, please contact our office.

Summer Notification

The Financial Aid and Scholarships office awards summer financial aid to applicants who completed a summer aid application in addition to their FAFSA. Utilizing both need-based and non-need based funding sources, financial aid packages are provided to assist students and their families in meeting the costs associated with attending UCLA.

Financial Aid and Scholarships starts generating summer financial aid notifications (FANs) in mid-May and continues awarding students throughout the summer. We will notify you via e-mail when your summer FAN is available. Students receiving support during the summer will receive summer FAN separately from their academic year notification.

Academic Year Notification

We will start releasing academic year financial aid notifications (FAN) in July. Most students will receive their FAN before the start of September. Additional time may be required to generate notifications for students who have been selected for verification or those who are waiting for an appeal to be reviewed. Please allow 3-4 weeks for your file to be reviewed if you submit an appeal or verification documentation during the summer.

Please note that Financial Aid and Scholarships does not award graduate support (fellowships, TA-ships, etc.) If you are eligible for graduate support, you will be contacted by Fellowships and Financial Services in the Graduate Division. Once the Graduate Division informs our office of your eligibility, your financial aid notification will be revised to include these awards.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am expecting to receive graduate support. How will these resources affect my financial aid?

Because your award meets 100% of your cost of attendance, the receipt of aid from outside sources will require an adjustment to your financial aid package. Fellowships, stipends and fee paying awards will reduce your eligibility for federal student loans. TA or RA earnings will not be counted against your financial aid eligibility for the year (you will report them as earnings on your application for the next academic year).

How do I report outside assistance?

When you receive your financial aid notification, if you do not see your graduate support on the FAN, you will be able to report additional resources on your financial aid notification. You can also send us a letter, fax or an e-mail to let us know how much you are receiving in outside support and the source of that support. Once your award is revised, we will generate a new financial aid notification (FAN) and make it available for your review on MyUCLA.

Will my financial aid package cover my non-resident fees?

If the Registrar classifies you as an out of state student, we will offer assistance to cover your out of state tuition. This support will include Graduate PLUS and/or Private Loans. Please contact Graduate Division or your department to determine if other types of support may be available to help with your out of state tuition.

If I am a non-resident student, can I appeal to be assessed California resident tuition?

You must be a California resident to be assessed in-state tuition. At UCLA, Registrar’s Office determines students’ residence status. You Can find more information regarding residency for tuition purposes on the Registrar's Office Website .

If I am receiving financial aid, do I need to pay tuition when I receive my bill?

If your financial aid disbursements are enough to cover the full cost of your tuition and fees, you will not need to make a payment. Financial aid will be disbursed before the start date of each quarter and fee payment deadlines are extended for financial aid recipients. You can find additional information under ‘ Disbursements/Bills/Refunds ’.

If I am receiving financial aid, will my housing be covered automatically?

Your financial aid offer will include assistance for housing. However, financial aid disbursements released at the start of each quarter will not pay for your UCLA housing automatically. You will need to wait until you receive your financial aid refund and use it to cover your housing. UCLA Housing Services has a payment plan designed for financial aid recipients that will allow you to defer making your housing payments until financial aid refunds are released. For information about installment plans offered by UCLA Housing, go to .

Does UCLA have an installment payment plan for tuition and housing?

UCLA Bruin Pay Plan (BPP) allows you to pay your tuition in 3 monthly payments throughout each quarter. This is a great option for students who are not receiving full financial aid to cover their fees. If you are eligible for BPP, information will be presented to you on MyUCLA. You can find more informatoin about Bruin Pay plan here.

For information about installment plans offered by UCLA Housing, go to

The video below will walk you through your Financial Aid Notification step-by-step and answer most of the common questions students have.