University Financial Aid

The UC Davis Financial Aid Office has information and application materials regarding grants, loans, work study and other forms of financial aid.

Financial aid is available for students in all income levels, through the "Free Application for Federal Student Aid" (FAFSA) and California Dream Act programs. After filing for FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the federal processor. Students with a valid SAR should log in to MyAwards to view their UC Davis aid package and requirements. 

University Financial Aid

All graduate applicants who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents or immigrants are required to file a FAFSA as early as possible, but no later than March 1 of the year of your application. This form, submitted directly to the Federal Student Aid Program Office, Iowa City, Iowa, is used to determine financial need only, a component of the eligibility criteria for many fellowships, and for all forms of financial aid. Consult the UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships Office for student financial support information.


Students may receive a maximum $20,500 in Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Students may also borrow up to the cost of attendance minus other estimated financial aid in Graduate PLUS Loan. During designated times of the year, short-term loans are also among the types of financial aid offered. Loans are financial aid awards that require repayment with interest under varying terms and conditions.


Work-Study is a program for students with financial need, and the school pays for a percentage of the costs of Graduate Student Research (GSR) employment. While you may be eligible, the amount of Work-Study unit credit available to graduate students is limited.