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Important Information About Paying Your Spring Term Fees with Aid

To make sure your financial aid is available to pay your Spring fees:

  1. Accept and approve your award on My Aid Award.
  2. Enroll in classes no later than March 15. You must be enrolled in the Minimum Required Units (MRU) of 6 units. Pell Grant, TEACH Grant, Cal Grant A & B and Cal Grant B Stipend require 12 units for the maximum award.
    Note: Financial aid will be credited to your ZotAccount beginning February 15.
  3. Pay any past-due charges you have on your ZotAccount.
  4. After your fees are paid, any remaining financial aid funds will be disbursed to you beginning March 27.
For more information, refer to Paying My Fees and Receiving My Aid under "My To Do List."

If your financial aid will not be available to pay your fees by the deadline, you may make payment arrangements through the PACE Plan.

Remember, it is your responsibility to make sure that your fees are paid by the fee payment deadline. If your fees are not paid by the deadline you will be dropped from your classes.


When will I receive my spring term financial aid remainder?

If you paid your fees by the deadline of March 15, and your Zot Account indicates that you have a credit balance, your remainder will be sent to you:

-By EFT: (if you selected electronic deposit) Funds will be transmitted to your bank account beginning Wednesday, March 27th (please allow 2-3 days for the funds to be deposited to your account).

-By Check: (if you selected mail) Your check will be mailed out Wednesday, March 27th (please allow 3-5 days mailing time for it to reach your address).

You may review or make changes to the method you selected by checking the DEFT system on your Zot Account.


Attention: Freshmen students will be awarded in early April

FRESHMEN STUDENTS: We are expecting to begin awarding financial aid in early April. You will receive notification from us once your award information is available.


A new way to complete the FAFSA! Introducing the myStudentAid mobile app

The 2019–20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is available to students and parents to complete through the myStudentAid mobile app.

Download the app in the Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android).


New Scholarship Opportunity - Otto W. Shaler Scholarship

This scholarship is available to foreign undergraduate students with financial need, who are attending UC Irvine. The foreign student category may include all non-U.S. citizens with non-immigrant residency status as well as those who are considered to be Dreamers or Undocumented students.

There is one (1) scholarship award with an amount of $3,000.00 available for the 2019-20 academic year. This scholarship award may be used toward payment of tuition and mandatory fees or housing/meal plan expenses.

Application deadline: March 25, 2019 at 5:00 pm

For more details:
Otto W. Shaler Scholarship


New Scholarship Opportunity - UCI Retiree Association Legacy Scholarship

This scholarship is available to incoming 2019-20 undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need or personal hardship and meet the additional requirements of the scholarship.

Two scholarships, each in the amount of $1,500 will be awarded. One scholarship is intended for a new 2019-20 freshman student and the other for a new 2019-20 transfer student.

This scholarship award can be used toward payment of tuition and mandatory fees or living expenses.


•New freshman or new transfer undergraduate students entering in fall quarter of 2019
•GPA: 3.3 or above
•Enrollment Status: Full-time with a minimum of 12 units for each quarter of the 2019-20 academic year
•Applicants should have filed for 2019-20 FAFSA or 19-20 California Dream Act Application
•Preference given to students with financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
•Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

Have a family member who is a UCI retiree
Have a family member who is a UCI alumni
Have a family member who is a current UCI staff member

Application deadline: May 24, 2019 at 5:00 pm


Selected for Verification?

Have you received notification from our office that your financial aid file has been selected for verification?

If so, make sure you submit the requested documents by the deadline indicated. Failing to submit your documents on time could jeopardize your financial aid award.

If you are an entering student and your financial aid award is no longer available on My Aid you should check My Aid Status for documents that are needed.

Do you know about the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan?

UC's Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan will cover systemwide fees for most California residents whose families qualify for financial aid and earn less than $80,000 for 2014/15. More information is available at


Don't miss your emails from financial aid!

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Our office will communicate with you via email so it's important that you assure you receive (and read) any notices we send.

Note: We do not respond to messages sent to


Hours: 10am-5pm Monday to Friday
102 Aldrich Hall, Irvine, CA 92697-2825
Tel: (949) 824-8262
Fax: (949) 824-4876 (fax)

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