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Need financial aid? Start Here!

  • The first step in obtaining financial aid is applying! The 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) open on October 1st, 2019. For more information about applying, click here.

    2020-2021 Financial Aid Application Information

    • The 2020-2021 financial aid applications are based on 2018 income information or the Prior Prior Year (PPY), since most people have already filed their 2018 tax returns.
      • You cannot use your 2017 tax information. If your family's income has changed significantly, please complete your application with 2018 information and contact our office for further assistance.
    • The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is available for you to import your tax information directly into your FAFSA
    • Don't forget to include our school code: 041271

    What You Need to Apply

    • Your FSA ID (for FAFSA filers)
    • Your Social Security number, Alien Registration number, or CSAC ID
    • Your parents' Social Security numbers if you are a dependent student
    • 2018 Federal tax returns, including IRS W2 information for yourself and your parents if dependent, or spouse if you are married
    • Records of your untaxed income (ex. child support received, interest income, and veterans noneducation benefits)

    Start Here Workshops

    Financial Aid Advisors will be available to help you complete your FAFSA or CADAA at our Start Here Financial Aid Application workshops! Please bring a laptop for hands-on application help. Check out the dates below:

    • Wednesday November 6th, 6pm-7:30pm in KL 217
    • Tuesday November 12th, 12:15pm-1:15pm in COB 116

    If you can't make these workshops, look out for more in during the spring semester. If you have feedback or suggestions about our workshop offerings, please email us at finaidevents@ucmerced.edu.

    FAFSA Mobile

    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has gone mobile! You can now complete the FAFSA on your smartphone or tablet device! Visit the FAFSA website for more information.