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Financial Aid

Application procedures


STEP 1:  FILE THE FAFSA* BY MARCH 2
Applicants to, and students in UC Davis health professions programs who are interested in receiving financial assistance while earning their degree must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA ) no later than March 2 to be considered for the best available funding. Medical students are required to provide complete parent information. Each year students must reapply for aid by completing a new FAFSA. Prior FAFSA filers will have a Personal Identification Number (PIN) assigned by the U.S. Department of Education. Use the PIN to complete your FAFSA online. Students may apply for financial aid at any time during an academic year. Be sure to list UC Davis (school code 001313) on the Information Release section of the FAFSA.

*California Dream Act: The CA Dream Act became law through the passage of two assembly bills, AB 130 and AB 131. AB 130 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria (California Education Code 68130.5(a)) to apply for and receive non-state funded scholarships for public colleges and universities. AB 131 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid such as institutional grants, community college fee waivers, Cal Grant and Chafee Grant. Visit the CA Dream Act Web site to access the CA Dream Act online application.
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STEP 2:  COMPLETE THE SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION(S) BY MONDAY, MARCH  3
Continuing students must complete and submit the Health System Supplemental Application for Financial Aid no later than March 3. Parents of continuing medical students must complete and submit the Health System Parent Certification form no later than March 3. Applicants who have been offered admission must submit the supplemental form(s) by March 3, or within three weeks of their offer of admission, whichever is later.
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STEP 3:  REVIEW YOUR STUDENT AID REPORT
About three to four weeks after submitting the FAFSA, your Student Aid Report (SAR) will be generated by the federal processor (either electronically or by mail, depending on your application method). Review the SAR carefully to ensure all information is accurate and UC Davis is included in the Information Release section. If UC Davis is not listed, we will not receive your application information. Follow the SAR instructions for submitting changes or additions. If the data you reported is incorrect and/or has failed any of the database matches, you must follow the instructions to correct or resolve any problems. The most common problems with database matches are related to citizenship, legal name, and/or date of birth.
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STEP 4:  PROMPTLY SUBMIT ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION
After submitting the FAFSA and the supplemental application(s), additional documents may be required. Typical documents needed may include copies of your and your parents' federal income tax returns, verification forms, a copy of your Social Security card and/or citizenship documentation. NOTE: Students who have (or will) file a long-form federal tax return (1040) must submit a copy of their return along with their employer-issued W-2s no later than the end of May. You may receive an email message or Notice of Missing Information letter from our office asking for some of these items. Promptly return the requested documents, as the awarding of your financial aid may be delayed if items are not received in a timely manner.
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STEP 5:  AWARD NOTIFICATION VIA MYAWARDS
After your completed financial aid application has been reviewed, your award package will be available on the UC Davis MyAwards Web site. MyAwards will include your estimated cost of attendance (i.e., student expense budget), your financial aid eligibility, and any remaining outstanding requirements (e.g., entrance loan counseling). Promissory notes and other loan documents can then be completed.
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