Entering Graduate Students
As an entering graduate student, you must have a lot of questions about financial aid, UC Irvine and the opportunities available.
We invite you to explore our website and our campus. We hope our web resources help you find the assistance you need in meeting the costs of your Irvine education. We encourage you to also explore the resources available through the Graduate Division. Their office provides extensive services for entering graduate students and comprehensive information regarding funding opportunities and resources available to graduate students including specific information regarding assistantships and fellowships.
Please make sure you check your My Aid to verify the status of your application. In addition, please promptly read any messages we send to you via e-mail to ensure you meet all deadlines.
The financial assistance for graduate students differs substantially when compared to the types of funding available to undergraduate students. Graduate student funding at UCI is usually of one or more of the following types:
- Fellowships (Internal and Extramural Grants)
- Federal and/or Private Loans
- Teaching and Research Assistant Employment Opportunities
Graduate students seeking information about receiving financial support are strongly encouraged to speak with the academic departments or professional school to which they have applied and/or been admitted. To be considered for the specific federal loan programs listed below, all domestic (e.g., non-foreign) graduate students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
- Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan
Similarly, if you are offered a UCI fellowship and you are a U.S. resident, you must complete a FAFSA prior to receiving any funding.
Please note that foreign students are not eligible for financial aid. Therefore, foreign students should not complete a FAFSA. All graduate students - domestic and foreign - are eligible to receive university fellowship funding and/or employment as a teaching assistant or graduate student researcher, depending on the availability of funds and determination of the student's academic units.
Deadlines for graduate awards can vary widely. Because many deadlines occur early in the academic year, it is important to obtain information and application materials as early as possible. Students should also seek out and apply for external scholarships/fellowships whenever possible. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the Graduate Division's "Funding" web page for additional funding information.
(Revised 5/23/2012 - CS)