APPLYING FOR AID
Am I Eligible for Federal Aid?
In order to receive federal financial aid you must:
be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, be registered with Selective Service (if required), 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 Completing the FAFSA (FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID)
FAFSA constitutes the basic financial aid application and is required if you wish to be considered for all federal financial aid. All students eligible to complete a FAFSA should do so online at
fafsa.ed.gov. The UCI school code is 001314. 7 Easy Steps to the 2017-2018 FAFSA Video: Start Here! Your browser does not support the video tag. Submitting Other Supporting Documents
In addition, you may be required to submit other supporting documents. If any additional documents are required to complete your file, you will be notified by our office by email. Please make sure your name and UCI Student ID # are clearly printed on the top of all documents you submit to our office. Also, make certain that all copies and entries are legible.
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 Residence 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.
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.
What's My Aid Eligibility? (How Much Can I Get?) Cost of Education - Other Resources = Aid Eligibility
We initially determine your aid eligibility by what it costs you to attend UCI for the school year.
We then consider any other outside resources such as fellowships and assistantships, funding from outside agencies, veterans' benefits, tuition waivers, and/or tuition remission plan fee waivers for which you are eligible. We deduct the amount of these resources from your cost of education. The remainder (if any) is the amount of student loan eligibility our office will offer you.
Our office will put together a financial aid award that usually includes a combination of the following two student loan funds:
Unsubsidized William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Graduate PLUS Loan
Student loans must be repaid with interest, usually after graduating or withdrawing from college.
Your Contact Information Your Mailing Address
It's important to keep your mailing address updated.
Once we receive your FAFSA information, all future correspondence regarding your application will be sent to the permanent address we have on record at UCI for you until fall term begins. At that time, correspondence will be sent to your campus/local mailing address.
If you need to update your address:
Your E-mail Address
We also will communicate with you via e-mail so it is important you check your e-mail regularly. We will send messages to the address provided on your admission application until you receive your UCI student e-mail account.
Make sure your email doesn't get lost in your spam or junk mail folders. You should set your email to allow email from 'firstname.lastname@example.org'. Check with your email provider on how to make these changes.
(Revised 1/06/2016 - NB)