Prospective Graduate Students
The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office administers Federal Direct Loans for UC Berkeley graduate students, as well as several smaller federal loan programs, and the Federal Work-Study Program. Federal loans and work-study are available only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
To apply for federal loans or work-study, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. UC Berkeley's Federal School Code is 001312. March 2 is the priority deadline for the upcoming academic year (March 2, 2013 for academic year 2013-14).
After the U.S. Department of Education sends us your FAFSA data and the Graduate Admissions Office notifies us that you have been admitted, we will send you an email directing you to a website for more information and instructions. Notification begins in mid-April and continues on a rolling basis throughout the year as late FAFSAs are received. Students filing late FAFSAs will still receive their full Federal Direct Loan and Grad PLUS Loan eligibility, but work-study or other federal loans may not be available. We must receive your FAFSA by March 15, 2014 to ensure it can be processed before the end of the 2013-14 academic year.
For information about fellowships, teaching and research appointments, and departmental awards, please contact your academic department or go to the Graduate Division's website. These awards are not administered by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.
There are no federal or University grant programs for graduate students administered by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.