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Financial Aid and Scholarships

UCLA BILLING is overseen by Student Accounts.

After you enroll in your classes, the University Registrar’s Office posts all charges to your UCLA BruinBill account. This includes all term-based charges (ex: tuition, fees, health insurance).

We will send pre-term reminders throughout the year to help you manage your BruinBill. The quarterly pre-term reminders outline important dates and deadlines for students on the quarter system. Biweekly billing reminders are distributed to accounts with a BruinBill balance (and authorized parties).

Disbursement

Your anticipated financial aid amount will display on BruinBill once term-based fees are assessed.

NOTE: The anticipated financial aid amount is an estimate – the real disbursement amount may vary.

If the expected amount of financial aid exceeds term-based fees, your BruinBill will display a negative (-) balance, which indicates your anticipated refund amount.

Financial aid is generally disbursed to BruinBill 10 days prior to the beginning of the term with winter quarter disbursement being the exception (the winter quarter disbursement is processed at the end of the first business day after the new year).

For financial aid to disburse, undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units. Upon disbursement, most financial aid awards will automatically apply to mandatory term-based fees (tuition and housing) prior to generating a refund.

After each financial aid disbursement, please review your BruinBill for outstanding fees. In some cases, you may need to make a manual payment for charges that were not eligible to be paid by your financial aid award(s). If you have outstanding charges after financial aid is disbursed, you are responsible for settling them by the deadline listed on your BruinBill.

Refunds

Financial aid in excess of term-based fees will result in a refund. You should use your refund to cover all other expenses such as books, travel, and personal bills.

In order to have faster access to your refund, you are strongly encouraged to enroll in BruinDirect. BruinDirect allows you to receive your refund via direct deposit 2 to 3 business days after the refund posts to BruinBill.

NOTE: BruinDirect requires a U.S. checking or savings account. Refund options for students who are ineligible for a U.S. checking or savings account can be found on the BruinBill Refund Methods webpage.

If you do not sign up for BruinDirect, a paper check will be mailed via USPS to your official, on-file address. Paper refund checks may take up to 10 business days to process.

Additional information about BruinBill and Bruin Direct is available on the Student Accounts Website.