Applying for Financial Aid
at UC Berkeley
File a FAFSA
All undergraduate and graduate students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete the application online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. UC Berkeley's federal school code is 001312.
The FAFSA is available on January 1 each year, and the deadline for the 2013-14 academic year is March 2, 2013. The last day to file a FAFSA for 2013-14 is March 15, 2014.
Transfer Students applying for Fall 2013 who filled out a 2012-13 FAFSA need to also complete a 2013-14 FAFSA.
The undergraduate FAFSA priority deadline for the 2013-14 academic year is March 2, 2013. If you file after the March 2 deadline, some types of financial aid could be limited. The last day to file a FAFSA for 2013-14 is March 15, 2014.
If you are a California resident and a new undergraduate student, without a paid Cal Grant award in your financial aid package, you must have your grade point average submitted by your certifying school to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) by March 2, 2013 so that you will be considered for a 2013-14 Cal Grant.
California Dream Act
If you are an undergraduate student and you qualify for an AB 540 waiver, please see the Berkeley Undergraduate Dream Act Aid page, and watch a helpful video tutorial on the Dream Act Application.
Our priority deadline for the FAFSA for the 2013-14 academic year is March 2, 2013. If you are an entering graduate student, do not wait until you have been admitted to file your FAFSA. Whether you are an entering or continuing student, filing your FAFSA early allows enough processing time for disbursement of funds at the beginning of the fall semester. If you miss the March 2, 2013 priority deadline, you may still apply for financial aid, although campus-based funds may be limited. The last day to file a FAFSA for 2013-14 is March 15, 2014.