Application Deadlines

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may be submitted online at the Federal Student Aid website on or after Oct. 1 of the year prior to the academic year you wish to receive aid (e.g., Oct. 1, 2020, for applicants for fall 2021). Students who are ineligible to complete the FAFSA, but who meet AB 540 criteria, may be eligible to file the Dream Application. Submit a financial aid application each year before the priority deadline of March 2 to be eligible for all types of aid.

Students admitted for fall quarter will receive an estimated financial aid award in April.

The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office may require additional documentation from applicants. These applicants will be sent an email instructing them to login to MyUCSC and view their “To Do List,” where required documents are requested (e.g., copies of student and parent tax returns or other forms). These documents must be received by the deadline on the “To Do List” for a student to be considered for all sources of aid administered by UC Santa Cruz. The deadline is June 2.

Conditional awards for admitted students may change as a result of the review of documentation.

Applicants who submit verification documents after the deadlines will be considered for aid based on availability.

Students admitted for winter quarter must have submitted a FAFSA by their admission notification date. Items requested on your MyUCSC “To Do List” must be submitted by December 2. Award notifications will be made as soon as possible after you are admitted/readmitted and all requested financial aid documents are received.