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Federal School Code 001314

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

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 2018-2019 FAFSA

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  • 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 your family is 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 family's ability to pay your educational costs. If you are a dependent student both your and your parent's information will be used to determine your expected family contribution. If you are an independent student only your information will be used.

    Your aid eligibility is the difference between what it costs to attend UCI and what your family is expected to contribute. For example, a student living on campus with costs of $33,857 and a family contribution of $5,000 would be eligible for $28,857 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.
    • Work-Study - Earned through part-time employment.
    You will be notified of your eligibility. Every qualified student is eligible for some type of assistance, either need-based aid or unsubsidized/parent loans.

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

    To determine your "aid eligibility", we deduct your family's 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 or the Federal Direct 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)
  • Deadlines
    • Don't miss out on thousands of dollars in grants and lower interest loans! Meet all deadlines and get a Certificate of Mailing from the U.S. Postal Service when mailing any documents to our office.

    Don't wait until the deadline to provide the requested information! By submitting documents well in advance of the deadlines, you allow time for any corrections or unforeseen problems which might otherwise delay the receipt of your financial aid.

    October 1: First day to submit FAFSA and supporting documentation

    March 2*: Priority deadline to complete FAFSA

    Two Weeks: Any documents requested by our office must be submitted to our office by the deadline indicated (we'll always give you at least two weeks to respond).

    September 17: Registration fees for Fall Quarter 2018 must be paid by this date.

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

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


    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 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.

    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.



    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. 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)
    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.

    Selected students who indicate on their FAFSA that there will be other members of their household attending college on at least a half time basis between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018, will be required to verify that student's enrollment in college by completing the Enrollment Verification of Family Members Form. Parents attending college cannot be included in the number of family members attending college.

  • A Note About Your Address
  • It's important to keep your addresses 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 quarter begins. At that time, correspondence will be sent to your campus/local mailing 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 ''. Check with your email provider on how to make these changes.

    To Change Your Address:
    • New graduate applicants to UCI must notify the Office of Graduate Studies. You may contact them at:

      120 Aldrich Hall, CA 92697-3180
      (949) 824-4611
    • Current UCI students should change their address on StudentAccess.
    • Students should also leave a forwarding address with the U.S. Postal Service. You will be held responsible for the information in communications from any University office sent to the last address given.
    • Use your Student Aid Report (SAR) to update your address with the U.S. Department of Education or logon to their website to update your address, at so you will receive a reminder to complete your FAFSA next year.

(Reviewed 12/13/2017 - BS)


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