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APPLYING FOR AID USING THE FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA)

All students eligible to complete a FAFSA should do so online at fafsa.gov.

The UCI school code is 001314. The FAFSA constitutes the basic financial aid application and is required if you wish to be considered for all federal, state or university financial aid and scholarships. To be considered on-time, the FAFSA must be submitted by the March 2nd deadline (or the next business day if March 2nd falls on a weekend).

In addition, you may be required to submit other supporting documents. The supporting documents vary according to your particular situation. These must be submitted by the deadlines specified.

Please make sure the student's name and UCI Student ID # are clearly printed on the top of all documents you submit to our office. Be sure that all copies and entries are legible. If DHS immigration documentation is required, be sure to photocopy both sides of the document.


7 Easy Steps to the 2017-2018 FAFSA

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  • How To Apply (Instructions For Academic Year "Fall 2017 through Summer 2018")
  • Please read the instructions carefully. Make sure that you complete your financial aid application by the priority deadlines. You will not be considered for priority funds (i.e. grants/scholarships) if your file is late!

    As medical students, you are considered independent when applying for federal loans and are not required to provide parental information. However, UCI SOM requires parental information if you wish to be considered for institutional priority funds (i.e. grants/scholarships) and for Health Professions funds.

    When applying, you have two options:

    Option (A)
    No Parental Information Required
    (Applying for Federal Loans Only)
      
    Due March 2, 2017:
    ___  FAFSA/Renewal FAFSA
    Include your and your spouse's (if married) information.
    School Code: 001314
      
    Due May 1, 2017:
    ___  SOM Institutional Application, if you are a new student entering UCI in Fall 2017 quarter
    ___  SOM Institutional Application, if you are a continuing student in Fall 2017 quarter (UCI Student ID and UCInetID required)
    ___  IRS Data Retrieval from FAFSA or an IRS Tax Return Transcript
    ___  Online Verification Worksheet
    (You will be notified by email when the online form is available)
      
    Other Documents:
      If any additional documents are required to complete your file, you will be notified by our office.
      
    Write your name and UCI Student ID on all forms.
    For questions, email us at cmfao@uci.edu, or
    call us at (949) 824-6476.
    Option (B)
    Parental Information Required
    (Applying for Federal Loans & Grants/Scholarships)
      
    Due March 2, 2017:
    ___  FAFSA/Renewal FAFSA
    Include your and your spouse's (if married) information. You must also include income and asset information for your parents.
    School Code: 001314
      
    Due May 2, 2017:
    ___  SOM Institutional Application, if you are a new student entering UCI in Fall 2017 quarter
    ___  SOM Institutional Application, if you are a continuing student in Fall 2017 quarter (UCI Student ID and UCInetID required)
    ___  IRS Data Retrieval from FAFSA or an IRS Tax Return Transcript [You (and your spouse, if married)]
    ___  IRS Data Retrieval from FAFSA or an IRS Tax Return Transcript [your parent(s)]
    ___  Online Verification Worksheet
    (You will be notified by email when the online form is available)
      
    Other Documents:
      If any additional documents are required to complete your file, you will be notified by our office. You must return documents by the deadline to maintain your eligibility for priority funds.
      
    Write your name and UCI Student ID on all forms.
    For questions, email us at cmfao@uci.edu, or
    call us at (949) 824-6476.

  • What's My Aid Eligibility? (How Much Can I Get?)
  • Cost of Education minus Expected Family Contribution = Aid Eligibility

    Your aid eligibility is determined by what it costs to attend UCI and what you are expected to contribute towards those costs.

    The expected family contribution is determined using the information you provided on the FAFSA. That information is put into a standardized federal formula to determine your ability to pay your educational costs. If you are married both your and your spouse's information will be used to determine your expected family contribution.

    Your aid eligibility is the difference between what it costs to attend UCI and what you are expected to contribute. For example, a student living on campus with costs of $48,000 and a student contribution of $5,000 would be eligible for $43,000 in financial aid.

    How Will My "Aid Eligibility" Be Met?

    Once your aid eligibility is determined our office will put together a financial aid award that usually includes a combination of the following funds. Some funds require you be eligible (have financial need), others don't. Of course, if you don't complete your financial aid file on time you may not receive all of these types of awards.
    • Grants - Must have financial need. Do not have to be repaid.
    • Student Loans - Must be repaid with interest, usually after graduating or withdrawing from college.
    • Scholarships - Awarded based on grades and other achievements.
    You will be notified of your eligibility. Every qualified student is eligible for some type of assistance, either need-based aid or unsubsidized loans.

    In addition to the student contributions described above, we consider other resources such as funding from outside agencies, veterans' benefits, tuition waivers, and/or tuition remission plan fee waivers.

    To determine your "aid eligibility", we deduct your expected contribution and the amount of these resources from the cost of attending UCI. The remainder (if any) is the aid eligibility our office will attempt to meet.

    If I Don't Qualify for Need-Based Aid, Do I Have to Complete My Financial Aid File?

    Yes. You will be notified of any documentation we will require for processing any type of financial aid, including an Unsubsidized William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan and Graduate PLUS Loan, which are not based on financial need. Don't wait for us to ask for documents, refer to "My Aid Application Status", and/or your SAR for required documentation we may need.

  • Am I Eligible?
  • In order to receive financial aid you must:
    • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen,
    • be registered with Selective Service (if required),
    • attend a participating school,
    • be working toward a degree or certificate,
    • be making satisfactory academic progress,
    • not owe a refund on a federal grant or be in default on a federal educational loan, and
    • have financial need (except for Unsubsidized Direct and Federal PLUS Loans)
  • Application Deadlines
  • Students in the School of Medicine who wish to apply for financial aid should meet the following deadlines:

    Application Deadlines For Academic Year "Fall 2017 through Summer 2018"

    March 2, 2017FAFSA/Renewal FAFSA
    May 1, 2017SOM Institutional ApplicationIRS Tax DataSOM Verification Form

    FAFSA
    • Parental income and asset information is required to be considered for institutional grants and scholarships.
    • Make sure that you select the FAFSA for the appropriate academic year.
    • Review "Applying" for tips on completing your FAFSA.

    SOM Institutional Application
    • The SOM Institutional Application is required of all financial aid applicants and must be received by the May 2nd deadline to be considered for institutional grants and scholarships.
    • Make sure that you complete the appropriate institutional application:
      • Click here, if you are a new student entering UCI in Fall 2017
      • Click here, if you are a continuing student in Fall 2017 (UCI Student ID and UCInetID required)
    • Completed institutional applications must be submitted to the SOM Office of Financial Aid and Educational Financing.

    IRS Tax Data
    • To be considered for institutional funds, including grants and scholarships, use the IRS data retrieval tool from FAFSA or an IRS tax return transcript for you and your parents.
    • Any supporting documents needed, will be requested by the SOM Office of Financial Aid and must be submitted by the May deadline. You should check your application status and any requested documents by logging on to My Aid and selecting "My Aid Application Status."

    Verification Worksheet
    • Upon receiving FAFSA data, the financial aid system will determine if a financial aid applicant needs to complete a Verification Worksheet. If the applicant is selected for verification he/she will be notified by email.
    • The Verification Worksheet is to be completed online. Go to the SOM website at http://www.ofas.uci.edu/som. Once at the website, log in to My Aid, then click on "My Aid Application Status" and look for the link to the form.


  • Completing My File
  • The following are helpful tips for completing the FAFSA and any additional documents we may request.

    FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA)

    All applicants eligible to file a FAFSA must complete one to be considered for aid eligibility.
    Priority Deadline: March 2*

    *(or the next business day if March 2nd falls on a weekend)

    You should complete your FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov. To assist in completing the FAFSA online you may wish to use the FASFA on the Web Worksheet. If you are unable to complete the FAFSA on the Web you may call 800-4FED-AID and request a paper application be sent to you or you may download a copy.

    Read the detailed instructions included with the application prior to completing the form.

    We strongly recommend you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool while completing FAFSA On The Web. Doing so will speed up the processing of your financial aid. You and/or your parent(s) may use this option approximately two weeks after filing tax return(s) electronically and six to eight weeks after mailing a paper tax return to the IRS.

    Information from this form will be forwarded to UCI electronically from the central processor. Therefore, it is critical that our Federal school code 001314 and/or University of California, Irvine, be indicated on your FAFSA.

    PROOF OF SUBMISSION
    If you mail the FAFSA, you should get a Certificate of Mailing from the U.S. Postal Service.

    If you file your FAFSA online a confirmation page will display once the FAFSA has been successfully submitted. You should keep a printed copy of the confirmation page in your records.

    If you do not sign your FAFSA using a FSA (Federal Student Aid) ID, you and one of your parents (if you are dependent) will need to sign the signature page and mail it to the address indicated.

    OTHER DOCUMENTS

    If any additional documents are required to complete your file, you will be notified by our office by email. You must return these documents by the date indicated on the My Aid website to maintain your eligibility for priority funds.

    CITIZENSHIP DOCUMENTATION

    The U.S. Department of Education will match student alien registration numbers with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data for verification of eligibility for federal financial aid programs. If there is no match, we will need to obtain confirmation of your immigration status.

    The U.S. Department of Education will also match citizenship status with Social Security Administration data. If there is no match, we will need to confirm your citizenship status.

    If you need to confirm your citizenship or immigration status we will ask you to submit a copy of one of the following documents to our office. Before we will be able to disburse your financial aid you must bring the original documents to our office for us to photocopy. DO NOT MAIL YOUR ORIGINAL DOCUMENT TO OUR OFFICE. Check your Student Aid Report (SAR) to see if this information is required. This information must be submitted each year that it is requested.

    • U.S. Passport
    • U.S. Birth Certificate
    • Temporary Residency Card
    • Certificate of Naturalization
    • U.S. Noncitizen National, Alien Registration Receipts Card (Form I-551 or I-151)
    • Departure Record (Form I-94)
    SELECTIVE SERVICE CONFIRMATION
    If your Student Aid Report (SAR) indicates your Selective Service status must be confirmed or that you have not registered, you must provide our office with proof of your registration.

    If you did not register with Selective Service, but because of your age can no longer register, provide our office with documentation of your status from Selective Service along with a letter from yourself indicating why you failed to register. The phone number for Selective Service is (847) 688-6888.

    DEFAULT/REFUND CLEARANCE
    If your Student Aid Report (SAR) indicates you are in default or owe a refund, we cannot evaluate your financial aid application until we receive written verification that your default status has been cleared. Updated information on your default must be submitted each year. NOTE: It is your responsibility to provide the verification that the default status has been cleared.

(Reviewed 12/16/2016 - LM)

 

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Email: cmfao@uci.edu

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