Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for a given academic year may be completed beginning January 1.
You must fill out the FAFSA in order to participate in the federal student loan program, which includes the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the Federal Direct PLUS Loan for graduate and professional degrees. The federal government (U.S. Department of Education) will be your lender (if you are an international student, you will need to pursue a private loan).
Here's how to apply:
- Fill out the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov (the UCLA School Code is #001315)
- It is highly recommended that you fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can after January 1 to ensure that you do not miss out on available aid
- The FAFSA asks for your tax return information for the current year; you may use estimates derived from the previous year's tax returns, but you will later be required to correct any discrepancies
- You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to receive federal financial aid
- Application information questions: (800) 433-3243
Once you complete your FAFSA, you will receive your Student Aid Report (SAR). Please be sure to read your SAR because you may be required to submit additional documents for verification. If you have a Selective Service flag on your SAR, please contact the Selective Service office by visiting their website at www.sss.gov and by consulting this guide. You will need to request an Exemption Letter, which may take up to 4 months to process. If you have a request for the Selective Service documentation, you will not be able to move forward with the financial aid process until you receive your Exemption Letter from the Selective Service Office.