Financial Aid

The Navigator 2012-14

The Financial Aid and Scholarship Office is located on the second floor of the Hahn Student Services building in room 205 and is open for in person and phone service 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is 831-459-2963. The web site financialaid.ucsc.edu contains comprehensive information about financial aid programs at UC Santa Cruz.

Financial aid advisers are available to assist students by phone, at our main counter, or on a drop-in basis. Advisers can assist in answering questions on a variety of areas including: the FAFSA application process and financial aid programs, addressing student difficulties in meeting educational and living expenses, providing money management tips, and guiding students on alternative resources to fund educational expenses. The Financial Aid Scholarship Office manages the awarding of campus scholarships, grants and work-study as well as federal student and parent loans. To apply for financial aid, submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 2 prior to the academic year for which you need assistance.

After you submit a FAFSA, complete required items on your MyUCSC To Do List no later than June 1 (or the posted deadline if it is different). Applications received after these priority deadlines may not be considered for UC Santa Cruz Grants, Federal Perkins Loans, and Work-Study on a fund-available basis. Federal Pell Grants and Federal Direct Loans are available for late applicants who meet eligibility criteria.

If you obtain financial aid and then do not carry a full course load, you may lose all or part of your aid (see How Course Credits Can Affect Financial Aid Status for more details).You may also lose your financial aid if you do not maintain satisfactory academic progress. Undergraduates are expected to finish their bachelor’s degree after 12 quarters of college attendance. Undergraduates may receive aid for up to 15 quarters of full-time enrollment (or 9 quarters for transfer students.)

Credits earned in the UC Santa Cruz Summer Session are counted with other transfer credits. The college must approve enrollment beyond 12 quarters. Students are not eligible to receive aid beyond the 15th (9th for transfer students) quarter. Approximately three quarters before their final quarter of aid eligibility, aid recipients will receive an e-mail notification of their final quarter of eligibility. Students may complete an online appeal to petition for additional quarters of financial aid eligibility

You will normally be informed of the decision within two weeks after submission. Appeals may be approved only for truly unusual cases and not to compensate for poor planning or poor performance. Financial aid funds in excess of university charges are disbursed quarterly by Student Business Services (SBS). Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits. By completing the online Direct Deposit Application and submitting it to SBS, financial aid remaining after all charges are paid will be directly deposited into a personal bank account. If you are not signed up for direct deposit, a paper check will be generated and mailed to your mailing address (on MyUCSC) by Student Business Services. For more information, call 459-2107. Student Business Services is located in 203 Hahn Student Services Building. You can sign up for direct deposit through MyUCSC by going to accounts and billing, direct deposit.


Revised 08/12/15