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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 http://www.fao.ucla.edu/publications.html.
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.
Students attending UCLA Summer Sessions, Summer Travel Programs, Summer Institutes, or UC Cross-Campus Summer Sessions 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 at http://www.fao.ucla.edu.
To evaluate financial need, all 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 FAFSA. Students should complete the FAFSA at http://www .fafsa.ed.gov by March 2. Be sure to indicate that the data is to be sent to UCLA by using the UCLA Title IV code: 001315.
In addition to using the FAFSA to apply for aid, prospective students who apply to UCLA with the UC Application for Admission and Scholarships may use the application to apply for undergraduate scholarships.
Continuing students may access their FAFSA renewal applications at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov beginning in January and should complete them by March 2 for on-time consideration. International students can obtain their applications for aid from the Financial Aid Office beginning in January.
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 FAFSA. Scholarships managed by the Financial Aid Office are based on merit and need. Grants, loans, and work study are generally need based.
Financial need is required for University and name (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 $2,000 and are not renewable. Entering students apply for scholarships on the UC Application for Admission and Scholarships. Continuing students must apply using the Continuing Undergraduate Scholarship Application at http://www.fao.ucla.edu. The application is available at the beginning of January and is due by March 2.
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 receive a combination of grants and scholarships to cover the amount of their need. Regents Scholars also receive special privileges.
Alumni Scholarships are available to California high school graduates who will be UCLA freshmen in the Fall Quarter. Additional scholarships are available to community college transfer students with a 3.75 GPA. Students should have demonstrated leadership ability, be involved in extracurricular activities, and show academic excellence and promise. Alumni Scholarships are merit based and competitively awarded. Freshman award amounts range from $4,000 to $17,500 and are paid over four years; transfer awards are $4,000 each and are paid over two years. Annual renewals require a combination of 30 hours of service annually to UCLA and the Alumni Association.
The Dr. Ralph J. Bunche Freshman Alumni Scholarships, also presented by the UCLA Alumni Association and named in honor of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and UCLA alumnus, are given to students from historically underrepresented backgrounds to encourage students who add to the diversity of the UCLA campus community. Award amounts range from $4,000 to $17,500. Awards are paid over four years; annual renewals require a combination of 30 hours of service annually to UCLA and the Alumni Association.
In addition to the monetary awards, Alumni Scholars receive special privileges, including membership in the Alumni Scholars Club, a student organization dedicated to leadership development and service. Recipients who receive work study or loans as part of a financial aid package receive additional alumni grant monies the first year. Alumni Scholars are eligible to receive additional grant monies in their second, third, and fourth years up to $5,000.
Applicants need not be related to UCLA alumni to apply. The UCLA Alumni Association administers these programs. For more information and applications, see http://www.uclalumni.net/scholarships/.
ROTC Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to U.S. citizens regardless of parents' income. Scholarships provide tuition, a book allowance, fees, and a tax-free monetary allowance between $250 and $500 per month during the academic year. Applications for scholarships may be obtained by calling—Army, (310) 825-7381; Air Force, (310) 825-1742; Navy/Marine Corps, (310) 825-9075—or by writing to Armed Forces Opportunities, P.O. Box 2865, Huntington Station, NY 11746-2102. When writing, specify if the scholarship is desired for Army, Air Force, or Navy/Marine Corps. Applications for Army scholarships can also be obtained at http://www.goarmy.com; for Air Force scholarships at http://www.afrotc.com; and for Navy scholarships at https://www.nrotc.navy.mil or by calling (800) 628-7682. Completed applications for four-year scholarships should be submitted prior to August 15 (Navy/Marine Corps) for early consideration, but no later than December 1 (Air Force and Navy/Marine Corps) or by February 1 (Army) of the year preceding college matriculation. Two- and three-year scholarship applications are also available and are considered when received. Four-year Navy scholarships are available for the nursing program.
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 2010-11 range from $1,176 to $5,550. 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.
Academic Competitive Grants (ACG) are available to first- and second-year undergraduate students who have completed a rigorous high school curriculum and are U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens, Pell Grant eligible, and enrolled full time. Sophomores must also have a 3.0 grade-point average at the time they advance a grade level to qualify for the second year of ACG. ACG provides up to $750 for the first year of study and up to $1,300 for the second year.
Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grants are available to third- and fourth-year undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens, Pell Grant eligible, enrolled full time, and majoring in physical, life, or computer sciences, engineering, mathematics, technology, or a critical foreign language. Students must have a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average to qualify. SMART provides up to $4,000 per year for the third and fourth year of study.
California residents who attend at least half-time are eligible to apply for a California Student Aid Commission Cal Grant award. The FAFSA 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.
State grants provide eligible on-time applicants with financial assistance from state funds. Awards range from $100 to over $10,000 and are based on student need. All undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens and who apply on time are considered.
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 students are considered.
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 http://www.loans.ucla.edu before funds are released.
All loan recipients must complete an exit interview with the Student Loan Services Office (A227 Murphy Hall, 310-825-9864, http://www.loans.ucla.edu) 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 Student Loan Services Office after receipt of notification of separation from the University.
Low-interest Federal Perkins Loans are awarded to eligible, on-time applicants who are U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens. 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.
Direct Loans are low-interest Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans financed by the Department of Education. Loans are available to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who are U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens. The interest rate is fixed at 4.5 percent for undergraduate Subsidized Loans borrowed between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011, and 6.8 percent for graduate Subsidized Loans and all Unsubsidized Loans. Loan repayment begins six months after graduation or dropping below half-time enrollment.
Unsubsidized Loans are available to all students 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 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 at 7.9 percent. Borrowers may want to consult a tax adviser to see if this interest is tax deductible.
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 repayment schedules vary. These loans must be certified by the Financial Aid Office before funds can be disbursed.
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 Student Loan Services Office, A227 Murphy Hall. See http://www.loans.ucla.edu/shorttermloan.html.
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 provide 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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