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What's New in Financial Aid and Scholarships

WHAT's NEW: 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 will be changing for 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 April 14, 2017. We appreciate your patience and understanding.


This page was last updated on April 12, 2017