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Financial Support


Financial Aid and Scholarships
A129J Murphy Hall

The deadline for filing all undergraduate financial aid applications for the regular academic year is March 2. Applications received after the deadline are considered late, and limited aid is offered.

The Financial Aid Handbook contains complete details on all aid. Obtain a free copy at the Financial Aid publications web page.

Applying for Financial Aid

Students do not need to come from low-income families to qualify for financial aid. However, those who apply for need-based aid—including grants, loans, work study, and some scholarships—must demonstrate financial need, which is defined as the difference between the cost of attending UCLA and the amount that they and their families should be able to contribute.

No financial aid can be awarded to international students in their first year of attendance at UCLA.

Students attending UCLA Summer Sessions, Summer Travel Programs, Summer Institutes, or UC Cross-Campus Summer Programs and in need of financial aid must submit a summer financial aid application in addition to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Summer applications are available on MyUCLA (under the Finances and Jobs tab).

To qualify for aid, students must also comply with minimum progress standards, which set unit and grade-point average requirements as defined in the Appendix of this catalog.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

To evaluate financial need, all citizen and permanent resident students who apply for aid must provide financial information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If students are financially independent according to the federal financial aid guidelines, their own financial circumstances are analyzed rather than those of their parents. The University expects that students and their families bear as much of the cost of a student’s education as their circumstances permit.

The FAFSA is used to apply for all federally funded programs, funds administered by UCLA, and Cal Grants administered by the California Student Aid Commission. Loans that are not need based are also available to all students who complete the FAFSA. Students should complete the FAFSA online by March 2. Be sure to indicate that the data is to be sent to UCLA by using the UCLA Title IV code: 001315.

California Dream Act Application

Students who are not citizens or permanent residents but who are eligible for Assembly Bill 540 nonresident fee waivers may be eligible to qualify for scholarships and University grant aid if they complete a California Dream Act Application online. The priority filing deadline for University grant consideration is March 2.

Prospective Student Scholarships

In addition to using the FAFSA to apply for aid, prospective students who apply to UCLA with the UC Application for Admission and Scholarshipsmay use the application to apply for undergraduate scholarships.

Continuing Student Scholarships

Scholarship applications for continuing students can be submitted on MyUCLA (under the Finances and Jobs tab). Students should begin their search early and continue it throughout the year, as scholarships across campus have differing deadlines. The Scholarship Resource Center can also help with a thorough search for UCLA and outside scholarships.

Types of Financial Aid

The four basic types of aid are scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study employment. Financial Aid and Scholarships usually offers a combination of different award types to most applicants.

Aid can be merit based—awarded on the basis of standards such as academic achievement, or need based—awarded on the basis of financial need as determined by the financial aid application. Scholarships managed by Financial Aid and Scholarships are based on merit and need. Grants, loans, and work study are generally need based.


The Undergraduate Scholarship Program at UCLA rewards academic excellence and assists with the expenses of an undergraduate education.

Financial need is required for University and named (endowed) scholarships other than those listed below. Each year approximately $300,000 is awarded from the many different scholarship funds. Awards range from $100 to $3,000 and are not automatically renewable. Entering students apply for scholarships on the UC Application for Admission and Scholarships. If admitted to UCLA, new students also have the opportunity to add additional information to their scholarship profile, so they can be considered for other scholarships that open throughout the academic year. Continuing students should begin their search early and continue it throughout the year, as scholarships across campus have differing deadlines.

In addition to applying for University scholarships, students are encouraged to apply for outside scholarship funding via search engines such as FastWeb, GoCollege, and others.

Regents Scholarships

One of the highest honors conferred on an undergraduate student is the Regents Scholarship, which is awarded for four years to students entering from high school and for two years to entering juniors. A UCLA faculty committee selects Regents Scholars on the basis of exceptional academic achievement and promise. Scholars receive a yearly honorarium if they have no financial need. Scholars who establish financial need by filing the FAFSA or California Dream Act application receive a combination of grants and scholarships to cover the amount of their need. Regents Scholars also receive special privileges.

UCLA Alumni Scholarships

The Alumni Scholarships Program is one of UCLA’s oldest and most prestigious scholarships programs on campus. Since 1936, a select group of distinguished Bruins have had the honor of being known as Alumni Scholars. Recipients are selected by alumni volunteers throughout the U.S. for the following programs:

Community College Transfer Alumni Scholarship (CCTS). For students transferring to UCLA from a California Community College with a 3.75 grade-point average. Financial awards are $4,000 over a two-year tenure.

Freshman Alumni Scholarship. Awards prospective freshmen who have demonstrated academic excellence, powerful leadership, and a desire to effect positive change. Financial awards for freshmen range from $4,000 to $20,000 over a four-year tenure.

Lew and Edie Wasserman Grant. Sophomore and Junior Alumni Scholars may apply to receive additional financial assistance. Applicants are evaluated on a combination of academic merit and financial need.

National Finals Competition. Every April, top-scoring UCLA freshman scholarship applicants participate in the competition to potentially increase their base scholarship award up to $20,000 paid over four years. This competition is a 30-year tradition of the Alumni Scholarships Program.

Need-Based Scholarship. First-year Alumni Scholars who complete a FAFSA and have demonstrated financial need may also receive up to $5,000 for the first year in addition to their scholarship award.

Out-of-State Scholarship. Offers an outstanding opportunity for highly accomplished students from outside California to fund their UCLA education.

Ralph Bunche Freshman Alumni Scholarship. Continues the legacy of Dr. Ralph J. Bunche (class of 1927), first-generation college student who went on to become class valedictorian, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, and a founder of the United Nations. Bunche Scholars exemplify Dr. Bunche’s experiences, come from all walks of life, and are invaluable to the UCLA community.

True Bruin Distinguished Senior Award. Awarded to highly meritorious students who exemplify the True Bruin values of integrity, excellence, accountability, respect, and service. True Bruin Distinguished Seniors receive up to $5,000 and are recognized and celebrated for the skills, knowledge, and leadership experiences they have demonstrated on campus and in their community.

UCLA Alumni Legacy Scholarship. For academically talented undergraduate students who have a parent or guardian who is a UCLA degree holder. The applicant must be admitted to UCLA under the standard admissions process.

Being an Alumni Scholar is more than just receiving a scholarship. Awardees are automatically enrolled in the esteemed Alumni Scholars Club where they are involved in campus events and organizations with like-minded students, increase their connections throughout the University, and attain skills that will benefit their professional career well after graduation.

For more information, see the Alumni Association scholarships website.

ROTC Scholarships

ROTC scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to U.S. citizens regardless of parents' income. Scholarships supply tuition, a book allowance, fees, and a tax-free monetary allowance during the academic year. Scholarship applications and information are available online at the Air Force, Army, and Navy/Marine Corps websites. Completed four-year scholarship applications should be submitted by December 1 (Air Force), January 31 (Navy/Marine Corps), or February 28 (Army) of the year preceding college matriculation. Two- (Army and Navy/Marine Corps) and three-year scholarship applications are also available, and are considered when received.


Grants are based on need and do not have to be repaid. When awarding policies and funds permit, the financial aid package includes a grant.

Federal Pell Grants

Federal Pell Grants are based on exceptional need. They are awarded to undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens and who have not earned a bachelor’s degree. Amounts for 2017-18 range from $606 to $5,920 for students enrolled full time. Students who file the FAFSA are automatically considered for a Pell Grant. Eligibility is determined by the federal government. Award amounts depend on a student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and whether enrollment is full time or below. Awards are reduced for students enrolled less than full time.

Cal Grants A and B

California residents who attend at least half-time are eligible to apply for a California Student Aid Commission Cal Grant award. The FAFSA or California Dream Act Application and GPA Verification Form are the official applications for these programs. Cal Grant A awards assist low- and middle-income students with tuition and fee costs. They are based on need and grade-point average. Cal Grant B awards are intended to assist low-income and disadvantaged students with living expenses, books, supplies, and transportation costs. First-year awards may also cover registration fee costs. Renewal award recipients receive registration fee assistance. New awards are limited to students who have completed no more than one full-time semester or two full-time quarters or 16 semester units of part-time study or the equivalent. Award amounts are $12,630 for Cal Grants A and B, with an additional $1,670 books and supplies stipend for students receiving Cal Grant B. Students awarded Cal Grant B receive only the stipend portion in their first year. Amounts are subject to change based on the California budget process. Awards are reduced for students enrolled less than full time.

University Grants

University grants offer financial assistance from state funds to eligible on-time applicants. Awards range from $100 to over $20,000 and are based on student need. All undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens, eligible noncitizens, or noncitizens eligible for AB 540 waivers and who apply on time are considered. University grant eligibility is subject to availability of funding. Grants may be exhausted before the end of the academic year. Awards are reduced for students enrolled less than full time.

University Grants to Purchase UCSHIP

These grants are based on need and awarded to on-time FAFSA and California Dream Act applicants to cover the cost of the University of California Student Health Insurance Plan (UCSHIP). Students who waive UCSHIP are not eligible for these grants.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) are awarded to undergraduate students with financial need. Awards range from $100 to $4,000. Recipients must be U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens. Preference is given to Pell Grant and Cal Grant recipients. Only on-time, grant-eligible FAFSA and California Dream Act applicants are considered.


Loans allow students to postpone paying some of the costs of their education until they have completed school. A financial aid offer includes a long-term, low-interest loan.

Borrowers must realize their commitment and responsibility to repay according to repayment schedules. Before accepting a loan, students should assess their total educational debt and ability to repay after graduation. The University makes every effort to assist students during the repayment of their obligation, but University services, including registration and the release of official transcripts, are withheld if the loan becomes delinquent. Seriously delinquent accounts are referred to a professional collection agency for action.

All first-time borrowers must complete a debt management session at the student loans website before funds are released. Parent and graduate PLUS borrowers whose loans are approved on appeal or with an endorser are also required to complete a mandatory counseling session at the Federal Student Aid website in addition to the debt management session.

All loan recipients must complete an exit interview with the Loan Services Office, A227 Murphy Hall, before leaving UCLA for any reason. This interview helps students understand their loan agreement and their rights and responsibilities. If students fail to participate in an exit interview, the University places a hold on their academic records and registration materials. Exit information is mailed to students by the Loan Services Office after receipt of notification of separation from the University.

Federal Perkins Loans

Low-interest Federal Perkins Loans are awarded to eligible, on-time applicants who are U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens; eligibility is subject to availability of funding. The loan limit per academic year is $5,500 for undergraduate students and $8,000 for graduate and professional students. The actual award amount may be less, based on annual funding and UCLA’s institutional awarding policy. The loan interest rate is 5 percent. Loan repayment and interest accrual begin either six or nine months after graduation or dropping below half-time enrollment.

William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program

Direct Loans

Direct Loans are low-interest subsidized and unsubsidized loans financed by the U.S. Department of Education.

Subsidized Direct Loans are awarded to undergraduate students who have demonstrated financial need. Interest rates are fixed and adjusted by the U.S. Department of Education annually; contact Financial Aid and Scholarships for additional information. Interest accrues immediately after students graduate or drop below half-time enrollment. Repayment begins six months after students leave school or drop below half-time enrollment.

Unsubsidized Direct Loans are available to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who are U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens regardless of income. Interest accrues from the date of disbursement, but students can avoid the extra costs of accrual by making regular interest payments while in school.

Direct PLUS Loans

Direct PLUS Loans are designed to help graduate students and parents of undergraduate students meet the total cost of education. Graduate students and parents may be eligible to borrow up to the cost of education for the academic year less any other financial aid received. This loan is available only to borrowers who do not have adverse credit histories. The interest rate is fixed and annually adjusted by the U.S. Department of Education. Contact Financial Aid and Scholarships for information on current interest rates. Borrowers may want to consult a tax adviser to see if the interest is tax deductible.

Private Loans

Private loans are available to students who have received the maximum award amounts under the Direct Loan Program and require additional funding. These loans are sponsored by banks and private lending institutions. Interest rates and re-payment schedules vary. These loans must be certified by Financial Aid and Scholarships before funds can be disbursed. A list of private lenders that UCLA borrowers have used in the past is available at Financial Aid publications web page.

Short-Term Loans

Students need not be receiving financial aid to apply for a short-term loan. They may borrow up to $200 for immediate emergency needs; the amount is repayable on the 20th of the month following the month in which the loan was made. To qualify, applicants must be registered UCLA students with satisfactory loan repayment records. Applications are available from the Loan Services Office, A227 Murphy Hall.

Work-Study Program

The Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) is intended to stimulate and promote part-time student employment, particularly for students from low-income families who are in need of earnings to pursue their studies.

Under FWS, the federal government pays a portion of the students’ wage and the employer pays the balance. Through this program, students may work up to 20 hours per week for the University, government agencies, or public and private nonprofit agencies. Students employed through FWS supply essential services to the University and community and have the opportunity to hold jobs that may relate to their educational objectives or enable them to gain valuable work experience.

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