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Prospective Students: Finances

Finances & Financial Aid

For prospective students and their families, budgeting, costs and how to pay for college can seem complicated. UC San Diego offers information and advising to help you understand the big picture and the bottom line. 

Undergraduate Applicants

Planning ahead

For veterans and military service members

Financial aid timeline

California residency for tuition purposes

  • Living at a California address does not mean you automatically have resident status in terms of tuition. The financial independence requirement makes it extremely difficult for most undergraduate students whose parents are not California residents to qualify for classification as a resident at the University of California.
  • This includes students from community colleges and other post-secondary institutions within California.
  • Transfer students who were classified as residents of California at their previous school should not assume that they will be classified as residents at UC San Diego.
  • See the Registrar's Office webpages for more information on California residence for fees and tuition.

If you are admitted and accept UC San Diego's offer of admission

Admitted students can review their financial aid estimate on the application status site MyApplication.

After you enroll

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid advisers are available to answer your questions

Find out about the types of financial aid

Get help with forms and deadlines

Visit our website for information and office hours

Campus Office

UC San Diego Campus Profile includes information about fees and financial aid, and a financial aid estimator

Glossary of Terms

Useful terms and phrases for understanding financial aid

Glossary of College Terms explains common college application terms