University Grants & Scholarships

University grants and scholarships are financial aid that you do not need to pay back. They are awarded from federal, state, and university funds according to your financial need.

Need-Based Grants

Each professional school, as well as the University of California, Office of the President (UCOP) provides UCSF with grant funds to give to needy students. In awarding grants, the Student Financial Services Office tries to ensure that all eligible students receive comparable amounts of need-based "gift aid" regardless of their curriculum. Make sure to apply for Full Funding to be eligible for the most grant possible.

Graduate Academic students usually receive significant departmental fellowship or stipend awards and will not be awarded a need-based Grant.

UCSF Scholarships

  • Regents Scholarship

Limited in number, Regents Scholarships are one of the highest honors conferred on a UC student and are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and exceptional promise. Eligible students in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, and physical therapy are automatically considered by their program.

  • Professional School Scholarships and Other Campus Scholarships

Awarded on the basis of need, these awards are part of the student's financial aid "package." Make sure to apply for Full Funding to be considered.

Graduate Division Childcare Reimbursement Program

Effective Winter 2023, eligible UCSF PhD students shall receive up to $1,350 per quarter for expenses incurred during the PhD student’s appointment period during the academic year and a maximum reimbursement of $1,350 for all of Summer Session.


  1. Be a registered PhD student
  2. Have qualified dependent: child in custody, age 12 or under on July 1
  3. One of the following must be true:
    1. Have at least a 25% ASE Appointment for the quarter in which eligibility is sought.
    2. Have a GSR appointment or a combined GSR and ASE appointment of 25% for more for the quarter in which eligibility is sought.
    3. Be a full-time PhD student registered at UCSF in a graduate academic program.


Native American Opportunity Plan (NAOP) Grant

The University of California’s Native American Opportunity Plan (NAOP) ensures that systemwide tuition and student services fees are fully covered for eligible California undergraduate and graduate students who are also enrolled in federally recognized Native American, American Indian, or Alaska Native tribes. 

Note: If you are a member of a tribe that is not federally recognized, additional support may be available through the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria.


Students who meet the following criteria are eligible for this program:

  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Complete the UCSF Financial Aid Application
  • California resident
  • Provide documentation of tribal enrollment in a federally recognized Native American, American Indian and/or Alaska Native tribe.
  • Enrolled in a state-supported UC degree program. Students in self-supported programs are not eligible.
  • Need-based financial aid grants do not fully cover your UC systemwide fees