Graduate Financial Support

Awards Based on Financial Need

Because the cost of a graduate education may present a financial hardship, students who require assistance in meeting educational costs are encouraged to apply for aid based on their financial need. Need is defined as the difference between allowable school-related expenses and financial resources. Financial aid applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online by the priority filing deadline of March 2. Some awards, such as university grants, are subject to availability of funding. Students who complete the FAFSA by March 2 should also make sure that any additional requested documentation is submitted to Financial Aid and Scholarships as soon as possible.

Students who need financial aid for summer session courses must submit a Summer Aid Application in addition to the FAFSA. Summer applications are available on MyUCLA (under the Finances and Jobs tab) beginning April 1, and should be filed by April 30 for on-time consideration.

Financial aid is also available to UCLA students enrolled in summer travel, summer institutes, or UC cross-campus summer programs. See Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Financial aid awards include work-study and low-interest loans. Students are usually awarded a financial aid package that is a combination of these forms of assistance. More information is available from Financial Aid and Scholarships, A129J Murphy Hall.