Apply for Aid
The financial well-being of students is our primary concern. Do not hesitate to contact us if your questions about the application process are not answered by the step-by-step instructions below.
Step
1

Complete both FAFSA & UCSF Finaid/COLS Application

FAFSA

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our school code is 001319. Apply for a FSA ID if needed.

International students (not U.S. citizens or permanent residents) are excluded from completing the FAFSA, but must still complete the UCSF Online Finaid/COLS Application at the Financial Aid Portal if applying for a private loan.

UCSF Finaid/COLS Application

Complete the Online Finaid/COLS Application at the Financial Aid Portal. New students should follow the above financial aid portal link and click 'Get MyAccess' in order to register as a new user. Those who already have a MyAccess account can simply login to access the financial aid portal.

Applicants will need to choose either the Basic Funding, Full Funding, or COLS Funding Only option when completing the UCSF Finaid/COLS Application. Applying for Full Funding generally requires submission of parental information and provides a broader level of funding consideration than the Basic Funding.

The sooner you apply, the sooner we can determine your financial aid eligibility. Early applications and submission of all financial aid materials helps to ensure your funding will arrive on time for the start of school.

The sooner you apply, the sooner we can determine your financial aid eligibility. Early applications and submission of all financial aid materials helps to ensure your funding will arrive on time for the start of school.

The sooner you apply, the sooner we can determine your financial aid eligibility. Early applications and submission of all financial aid materials helps to ensure your funding will arrive on time for the start of school.

The sooner you apply, the sooner we can determine your financial aid eligibility. Early applications and submission of all financial aid materials helps to ensure your funding will arrive on time for the start of school.

Step
2

Complete the PROFILE

CSS Financial Aid PROFILE

UCSF CSS school code is 7152.

Who Should Complete the CSS Financial Aid PROFILE?

Submitting Parents' Information in the PROFILE
  • Entering students applying for Full Funding consideration.
  • Continuing students who are applying for Full Funding consideration for the first time.
  • Continuing MEPN students matriculating to the master's program who are applying for Full Funding consideration

Who Should NOT Complete the PROFILE?

  • Applicants for Basic Funding consideration
  • Applicants for Full Funding consideration who are 30 years of age or older by December 31st of the application cycle and are not in the School of Medicine
  • Continuing students renewing financial aid, except for continuing MEPN students under age 30 and applying for Full Funding for the first time
  • International Students
  • Students enrolled in the following programs:
    • Global Health Sciences
    • Graduate Academic
    • International Dentistry Program (IDP)
    • Masters Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) - first year only
    • Master's in Advanced Studies Program
    • Master's in Biomedical Imaging (MSBI)
    • Master's in Dental Hygiene
    • Master's in Training in Clinical Research (ATCR)
    • Master's in Translational Medicine
    • Nursing Doctoral Program
    • Nursing Post-Master's Program
    • Online Master's in Health Policy & Law
    • Online Master's in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership (MS HAIL)
    • Post Baccalaureate Programs (Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy)
    • Postgraduate Dentistry Programs
Step
3

Student Loans

In compliance with SB 1289, we are providing the following disclosure about loans.

Please note: Before loan funds are disbursed, first time Direct and/or Graduate PLUS Loan recipients at UCSF must complete online student loan counseling at: studentloans.gov. This should take about 20 minutes to complete. The Student Financial Aid Office will automatically receive confirmation once you've completed the counseling session.

Step
4

Documentation

Please login at the UCSF Financial Aid Portal to view your missing documents after completing the online financial aid application.

Documentation may be required by your financial aid advisor. Please keep your mailing address and email address current with the Office of the Registrar (OAR) to receive communication from our office.

If you are required to complete the PROFILE, please submit your parents' Tax Return to the "IDOC" service using the instructions received via email after completing the PROFILE.

Step
5

Follow Up

Student Aid Report (SAR)

After submitting the FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the federal processor by email. Read the SAR carefully! If all the information is accurate and UCSF is included in the school list section, you have completed this part of the application process. If UCSF is not listed, we will not receive your application information. You must follow SAR instructions for submitting a school change or addition. If the data you reported is incorrect or failed any of the database matches, you must follow the instructions given to correct or resolve matters. The most common causes of database mismatches are incorrect names, birth dates and citizenship status. Do not submit the SAR to UCSF, but do ask for our assistance if you need help resolving any problems.

Communication from the Student Financial Aid Office

Once you submit the FAFSA, PROFILE (if required) and online financial aid application, you will be contacted if additional information is needed.

You will receive an email of the availability of your Financial Aid Offer sometime between late March and the end of August, depending on your curriculum and when your application was completed. Access to your offer letter will be online at the Financial Aid Portal, which will list your financial aid awards and explain how funds will be disbursed.

Appeal Procedure

Students who have unusual circumstances or are not satisfied with a financial aid decision may appeal to the Director of Student Financial Aid or the Financial Aid Review Committee, which consists of the Student Financial Aid Office professional staff. Contact us for additional information.