The mission of the Financial Aid Office is to help remove financial barriers and to assist students in meeting the rising cost of attendance at UCLA. The role of our office is to fill the gap that exists between the cost of attendance and funds available from your family, savings and other resources. We will assist you with completing your application for financial aid, determining your level of need and offering financial aid to meet your educational expenses. Our staff is available to answer any questions you may have regarding financial aid to address your eligibility concerns.
The Financial Aid Office provides assistance and counseling in completing the financial aid application, evaluation and determination of need. Advisors and Counselors are always available via email and your financial aid counselor is available on an appointment basis. You can locate your counselor or advisor based on your last name, or special program.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Q: Should I fill out the FAFSA?
The FAFSA is required in order to receive any federal funding. The deadline to submit the FAFSA for UCLA is March 2 to be considered for all funding. Additionally, you must be a U.S citizen or Permanent Resident in order to apply. See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/ for more information.
- Q: Are there any fellowships available to undergraduate students?
There are limited funds available to undergraduate students. However, when you apply for admission, you are also applying for scholarships. Some of these applications are automatic, basing their decisions on information in your application. Others, however, require you to submit additional documentation; if so, that fact is noted in the scholarship listing. Please visit http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu for more information.
- Q: What kinds of funding opportunities are there for Graduate Students?
Student support funds at UCLA are provided to graduate students in the form of grants, fellowships, traineeships, teaching assistantships and graduate student researcher appointments. Support based solely on need is also provided, in the form of work-study and loans, through the Financial Aid Office. A student may receive both a departmental or Graduate Division award and an award based solely on financial need if the need-based criteria are met. Please visit http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu/asis/entsup/finsup.htm for more information.
- Q: What are the eligibility requirements for Graduate Division funding?
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
- Q: Are there any funding opportunities for International Students?
Due to federal regulations, international students are not eligible for university fellowships, but can be considered for departmental awards once admission has been offered.
- Q: What are the fees for International Students?
The fees are the same for out of state students and those arriving on a J-1 or F-1 visa. However, there are additional requirements for international students which are as follows: Students who arrive on a J-1 visa must have a substantial portion of the funding coming from a source other than personal or family funds. Such funds may be identified as a scholarship, fellowship, or a grant/award from another organization. The F-1 Visa is for non-immigrants to enter the United Sates for the purpose of engaging in full-time study and after completing studies, the individual will return to the foreign country of permanent residence. For more information on visa and international status, please contact the UCLA Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars.
- Q: Does the School of Theater, Film and Television offer any fellowships or awards?
The School of Theater, Film and Television has an awards process each spring quarter. See a complete list. All students are eligible to apply and awards are based on merit. Each year the school gives out approximately $3 million dollars to students.
- Q: Can you tell me information about student loan and repayment plans at UCLA?
The Financial Aid office will offer some students loans to pay for their time while at school. More information on student loan options and office can be found at http://www.loans.ucla.edu/. It is important for students to know the plans and alternatives for repaying the loan. That information can be found at http://www.loans.ucla.edu/repayment/repaymentplans.html For more information on financial aid, please visit: The UCLA Financial Aid Office The UCLA Scholarship Resource Center
- Q: Should I fill out the FAFSA?