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Receiving Aid

In order to have your financial aid available to pay your fees or disbursed to you, there are a few steps you need to take:

  • Accept your aid
  • Complete your To Do List
  • Enroll in units
The links below will provide you with more detailed information regarding each of those steps.

  • Requirements to Get My Aid
  • In order to receive your financial aid you must complete the items noted on your To Do List.

    This includes:
    • Accepting and confirming your aid award on "My Aid".
    • Completing all necessary paperwork.
    • Meeting the policies and conditions for receiving aid.
    • Registering in the Minimum Required Units* (MRU) in order for your financial aid to be applied to your fees.  You should check your ZotAccount to verify your enrollments and financial aid credits.

      * MRU is generally six units.
    • If you withdraw or drop below full-time (12.0 units) you should contact our office to discuss how your financial aid will be impacted.
  • Paying My Fees / Fee Deadlines
  • How Do I Pay My Fees?
    • The Zotbill includes your registration fees and financial aid awards together on one statement.
    • Financial aid that is available will appear as a credit on your Zotbill prior to the beginning of each quarter. Please visit your student account at
    • You are responsible for paying your fees on time.
    • If fees are not paid by the applicable fee deadline, you will be withdrawn from the courses you selected and charged a late fee.

      2019-20 fee deadline dates are as follows:

      Fall TermMonday, September 16, 2019
      Winter TermMonday, December 16, 2019
      Spring TermMonday, March 16, 2020

      2020-21 fee deadline dates are as follows:

      Fall TermTuesday, September 15, 2020
      Winter TermTuesday, December 15, 2020
      Spring TermMonday, March 15, 2021

      Law Students Only:

      Fall TermAugust 17, 2020
      Spring TermDecember 15, 2020

    • The UCI Registrar's Office has more information on payment of registration fees.
  • Getting My Aid / Disbursement Dates
  • How Do I Get My Money?
    • After you pay your fees and any other charges on your student account and enroll in at least six (6.0) units, any remaining financial aid will be disbursed to you at the start of the term.
    • Please note that some types of aid require you to be enrolled in more than six units. Please refer to the information provided to you in My Aid for unit requirements for the aid you've been offered.

      Remaining funds will be disbursed beginning:

      Fall TermMonday, September 23, 2019
      Winter TermThursday, January 2, 2020
      Spring TermWednesday, March 25, 2020

      Fall TermMonday, September 28, 2020
      Winter TermMonday, January 4, 2021
      Spring TermWednesday, March 24, 2021

    • The balance will be divided equally among the quarters you are attending.
    • You must log on to to tell us where to send your funds.
    • After logging in, select "Electronic Refunds" found in the left navigation bar. You will be prompted to choose either "Electronic Fund Transfer" or "Paper Check" and then prompted to add additional required information based on your request.
    • Financial funds will be sent to you by mail or directly deposited (DEFT) to your personal bank account at the beginning of each quarter.
    • Disbursement begins on the first day of the term.
    • Work-study funds are paid bi-weekly (every other week) and are paid through the employing department.
    • Parent PLUS loan checks will be mailed to the parent borrower.
    Important Notes about Electronic Funds Transfers (DEFT)
    • If you change or close your bank account, you must update the information by updating your information online at
    • Failure to update your bank account information will cause a delay in your disbursement.
    • You will receive a notification on your UCI e-mail account prior to the transfer of funds to your bank.

(Reviewed 12/16/2019 - BS)


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