To apply for federal financial assistance, U.S. citizens and permanent residents must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applications are evaluated on an on-going basis upon your acceptance into the program starting April.
Guidelines for Completing the FAFSA
- UCLA's Title IV School Code is 001315
- Parental information not required for graduate students
- File your federal income tax return as soon as possible in order to use IRS data retrieval, which populates specific income-related questions on the FAFSA
- IRS data retrieval is available starting in February
- IRS data can be retrieved in 1-2 weeks after e-file and 6-8 weeks after paper file
Electronic Provisional Aid Letter (e-PAL)
Beginning in April of each year, the UCLA Central Financial Aid Office begins sending out electronic Provisional Aid Letters (e-PALs) which reflect your estimated award.
Electronic Financial Aid Notification (e-FAN)
Beginning in August of each year, the UCLA Central Financial Aid Office begins sending out electronic Financial Aid Notifications (e-FANs) which reflect your actual award. On this form, you are required to accept or decline awards offered. All financial aid packages are awarded for the nine-month annual budget regardless of your expected contribution. You may borrow the expected contribution in a Graduate PLUS or private loan.
Master Promissory Note (MPN)
All first-time federal loan borrowers are required to sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN) at www.studentloans.gov.
Debt Management / Entrance Interview Session
All first-time federal loan borrowers are required to complete a Debt Management / Entrance Interview Session that can be accessed at www.loans.ucla.edu. This session is a federal requirement and consists of three components (Perkins Loans, Direct Loans, and Grad PLUS Loans). Failure to complete this requirement will cause a delay in your federal loan disbursement.
In order to receive the remainder of your aid once your fees have been paid, we recommend that you sign up for Bruin Direct, a service whereby the university deposits any refund directly into your checking account. You can sign up for Bruin Direct at www.sfs.finance.ucla.edu.