Whether you are coming to UC Berkeley for the first time or are preparing for a new school year, it is important to make sure you are completing the necessary steps to pay for your education. Use this checklist to guide you through the financial aid process—from applying for aid, to reviewing your awards, to completing loan requirements, and more—to make sure you don't miss any opportunities for financial aid.
Apply for a Cal Grant (California residents only)
Apply for outside scholarships
Monitor My Finances in CalCentral regularly:
Review your Communications and Tasks for missing information
Review, accept, or decline your financial aid awards
Review information like your Family Contribution and satisfactory academic progress status
Ensure your budget is accurately reflected
Delegate access and review the privacy information provided
Report if you have other resources and report your outside scholarships
Borrowing Federal Student Loans? Complete your loan requirements to be eligible for disbursement.
Review the work-study information and begin your successful job search
Monitor your aid payments and refunds and student account regularly