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What's New in Financial Aid and Scholarships

WHAT's NEW: Fall 2017 financial aid disbursements

You can review the types of aid you may be eligible for and the status of your aid by visiting the My Finances section of CalCentral. The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will begin disbursing the majority of aid on Monday, August 14 for eligible students. After your aid is applied towards your billing account, you will be able to see it reflected on the Billing Summary in CalCentral

what's the fastest way to receive your financial aid refund?

If you have not already signed up for Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to receive your refunds through direct deposit, you can still sign up via CalCentral! Activation may take up to seven business days. Until EFT is activated, paper refund checks are printed and held for you to pick up at Cal Student Central. Don't wait in line for a paper check this fall!


contacting Cal Student Central August 14 - September 1

Cal Student Central (CSC), locted in 120 Sproul Hall, is your resource for questions regarding registration, billing and financial aid. CSC will have modified drop-in hours from August 14 through September 1 and will be open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am - 5 pm. Financial aid counseling will be available from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm during this time.   Note: Phone service will be unavailable during this time. If you cannot visit CSC in person, you may open a case and CSC will respond to you as quickly as possible. This is a peak processing period and your patience is greatly appreciated.

financial aid and student health insurance plan (SHIP) faqs

All students are required to have insurance at UC Berkeley. Not all students or families understand how enrolling in SHIP may impact their financial aid. Review our Financial Aid and Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) FAQs page for more information on how enrolling and/or waiving out of SHIP may impact your awards.  


Financial Aid Application Changes for 2017-18
  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act Application are available earlier; you can submit starting as early as October 1. The application priority deadline remains March 2, 2017.
    • Note: If you file after March 2, some types of financial aid may be limited.
    • You now submit your aid application using tax information from two years prior. That means the 2017–2018 application uses the 2015 tax information. The 2018–2019 application will use 2016 tax information.
      • Notice: The IRS Data Retrieval Tool will be unavailable for FAFSA filers until the 2018-19 application cycle per the Department of Education. Please reference your and your parent(s) 2015 Federal Tax Returns for your 2016-17 and 2017-18 FAFSA applications. 

For more information, visit the FAFSA website and the Dream Act website.


Summer fee grant awards

Interested in attending Summer Session? Summer fee grants are available to eligible students to assist with the per unit cost and campus fees up to 7 units. Check your Cal Central messages for more information on your eligibility for summer fee grant beginning in late February.

Money management resources available

Need help managing your money? Bears for Financial Success is a peer-to-peer program on campus to help you manage your personal finances. You can schedule an appointment with a peer mentor or check out our website for more information. 


SAtisfactory academic Progess policy changes ​

The Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy has changed beginning in 2017-18. Please review the SAP page for updates to this important policy.



Beginning in Summer 2017, funding for consortium programs will include only UC consortium programs, like Education Abroad ProgramSummer Intercampus and for those domestic exchange programs where UC Berkeley registration is required. Any non-UC consortium program options will no longer be funded with federal, state or institutional aid. We encourage students to research programs well in advance and speak to a financial aid counselor prior to committing to any non-UC consortium program if you have questions.


Office closures

​Financial Aid and Scholarships Office counseling services will be limited on Tuesdays and Thursdays until August 11, 2017. We appreciate your patience and understanding.


This page was last updated on August 5, 2017