The UCSC Financial Aid and Scholarship Office is committed to helping admitted students attend and graduate from UCSC regardless of any economic circumstances. Each year, the Financial Aid Office assists more than 12,000 students, or about 7 out of every 10 undergraduates, with scholarships, grants, loans, and/or part-time employment opportunities. They also assist graduate students with federal student loans. These resources, totaling over $230 million, help make UCSC's extraordinary learning facilities affordable to all students.
To apply for financial aid, students must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be submitted at any time during the eighteen months after the beginning of the application period (January 1st of the preceding academic year). In order to be considered for state grants and the most money the University can offer, the FAFSA should be completed within the priority-filing period. The priority-filing period is January 1st to the beginning of March preceding the academic year in which the aid is desired. If you need help with the FAFSA, you can call the federal government by phone at 1-800-4FED-AID.
Due to FERPA, financial aid information cannot be shared with anyone besides the student with whom it concerns. Financial Aid can speak to parents listed on the FAFSA up until their student's first day of instruction at UCSC. At that point, FERPA is strictly enforced and the student must complete an Authorization to Release Information form located on their portal and return it to the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office. This signed and completed document allows our office to speak to the designated third parties (including parents) about the student's financial aid offer, need, disbursements, and other aid questions.
For students to better understand their college finances, we recommend they take a look at Cash Course. Cash Course educates students on a wide variety of personal finance topics including developing a budget, protecting their credit, and paying for college. It is fun, easy to use, and includes tools and videos to help your student take charge of their finances. By following a few easy steps and entering information about your income and expenses, this safe and secure tool will create an interactive spending plan that will help your student manage their money.