The financial resources to assist you and your Bruin are at your fingertips. Review the basics of funding your students education below and peruse the FATV library for financial aid answers 24/7. FATV provides quick video answers to common financial aid questions. Click on the image to the right to go to the full video library.


All students are eligible to apply for financial aid. The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office (FAO) is available to assist students and families with the cost of attending UCLA. FAO is located in room A-129J on the A Level of Murphy Hall and contact information can be found here.

Please note that your student’s financial and academic records are protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The Financial Aid Office cannot release any information to a third party (including a parent) without the student’s permission. Access to financial records and information can be provided to parents or family members with Third Party Access. For more information on FERPA and steps to create Third Party Access, click here.

On MyUCLA under the “Financial” tab students may access their financial aid information, track document status, view the Electronic Financial Aid Notification (eFan) and submit summer aid applications. Note: a UCLA Logon ID and password are required.

FAFSA & Dream Act

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that families must complete annually to determine their eligibility for Federal Financial Aid, and it is also used by the UCLA Financial Aid Office to determine a family’s financial aid package on campus, which may include potential scholarships, grants, work-study and loans.

The California Dream Act application allows students enrolled in eligible California Colleges, Universities and Career Education programs to apply for state financial aid.

Your student should file a FAFSA or California Dream Act application each year in order to be considered for financial aid. All students may be eligible for some form of financial aid. March 2 is the deadline for priority filing each year; students who file by this date will be considered for maximum eligibility.

The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) figure is not an actual amount that you and your Bruin will be billed for and have to pay. It is an approximation of how much your Bruin and you may have to contribute throughout an academic year to cover your educational expenses. For more information, click here.

Types of Aid


  • Scholarships are need or merit-based awards that do not have to be repaid after graduation
  • Entering students will be considered for scholarships based on the information provided on the application for admission
  • Need-based scholarship processing is available once per year for continuing UCLA students from January 1 through March 2; the online application is located on the scholarship website
  • Scholarship Resource Center: For information about available restricted, merit-based and need-based scholarships, students should visit the Scholarship Resource Center


  • Grants are need-based awards that do not need to be repaid after graduation
  • Students may receive federal or state grants. For more information on Cal Grants, click here.

Federal Work-Study (FWS)

  • Students who qualify for Federal Work-Study can work up to 20 hours per week and earn money for college costs through part-time employment in an on or off-campus job. For information on eligibility and applying for Work-Study positions, click here.


  • Both parents and students can qualify for federal loans through the Direct Loan Program — there is a wide variety of loans with different interest rates and policies
  • For more information about loans, click here.

Blue + Gold Opportunity Plan

  • UC’s Blue + Gold Opportunity Plan will cover educational and student services fees for California residents whose families earn less than $80,000 per year and qualify for financial aid. Blue + Gold students with sufficient financial need can qualify for even more grant aid to help reduce the cost of attending. For more information, visit the Blue + Gold Opportunity Plan online

Mailing a Check

Please make checks payable to “UC Regents”, include the student’s name, nine-digit university identification number, and the BruinBill account type (i.e. Registration Fees & Campus Charges, Housing, or Transportation) on the payment, and mail them to:

Payment Solutions & Compliance Office
University of California Los Angeles
Box 957089, 1125 Murphy Hall
405 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7089

Payment processing can take up to four weeks and will be applied to the BruinBill account. If received before payments are due, students will be billed for fees less the amount of the scholarship. If the scholarship covers more than anticipated fees, or fees have already been paid, a check will be issued to the student via BruinDirect.

Summer Aid

In addition to completing the FAFSA, students must also complete the online Summer Financial Aid Application. The application is available on the Financial Aid Office home page beginning April 1 (note MyUCLA login is required). The priority deadline for submitting the summer application is April 30 to be considered for all types of aid.