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Applying for Aid

All Law students who are U.S. Citizens or Eligible Non-Citizens are required to apply for need-based gift aid and federal student loans by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Need Access application. UC Davis will use the information you provide on the FAFSA and Need Access applications to determine your need and to provide you with need-based gift aid (if you are eligible).

The Priority Filing Period for the 2015-2016 School Year is January 1 through March 2, 2015 for all types of funding, which may include grants and federal student loans.

For more details about the types of aid available at the UC Davis School of Law, see Types of Assistance.

2015-2016 School Year New and Transfer Applicants:

  • Do not wait for an admission decision to apply for Financial Aid.
  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 2.
  • List UC Davis School of Law code 001313 and a housing code on the FAFSA.
  • When you file online, be sure to write down your confirmation number or print the confirmation page, which is provided when your FAFSA is accepted and submitted online. If you don't receive a confirmation number, your FAFSA has not been properly completed or filed.
  • Complete the Need Access Application by March 2.
  • Provide parental income information on the Need Application unless you meet one of the below criteria (documentation required):
  • Natural parents are deceased;
  • Student is 30 years of age or older by December 31, 2015;
  • Student is a veteran;
  • Student is married;
  • Student has legal dependents;
  • Student has not been claimed as a dependent for the last seven years; or
  • Student was considered financially independent by his/her undergraduate institution
  • Answer all questions on the FAFSA and Need Access Applications. 
  • If you have not completed your federal tax return, estimate as accurately as possible using your prior year federal tax return.
  • We recommend using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool available through FAFSA to directly access your tax returns from a secure IRS website to simplify providing income information.

After You File the FAFSA:

  • Provide your email address on the FAFSA. This allows the Federal Processor to send you e-mail when your FAFSA is received and processed and direct you to a web site to view your Student Aid Report (SAR) and make corrections.
  • If you file a paper FAFSA (or don't provide an e-mail address), within four weeks the Federal Processor will send you a Student Aid Report (SAR) with your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) shown in the top-right corner. The Financial Aid Office will use the EFC to determine your eligibility for aid. If there is no EFC number on your SAR, see You (the student), step 2, of the SAR for instructions. If the processor has selected your application for verification, You (the student), step 3, of the SAR will read "You will be asked by your school(s) to provide copies of certain financial documents.”

Financial Aid Requirements

Once you've applied for financial aid and received notice of your eligibility, there are important requirements you should be aware of before you accept financial aid at UC Davis. These requirements will be listed for your review throughout the summer months online at The requirements shown can affect your eligibility for financial aid at UC Davis. Accuracy is important when you apply for financial aid. All information is subject to verification according to state and federal regulation. Any false statements or misrepresentations will be cause for denial, reduction, cancellation, or repayment of financial aid. Please do not send in your Federal Student Aid Report or income tax forms unless the UC Davis Financial Aid Office requests them.

  • Verification: If your FAFSA is selected for verification, an electronic Financial Aid Notice (MyAwards) prepared for you by UC Davis will instruct you to submit a Federal Verification Worksheet and additional documents as needed (e.g., federal tax returns). The worksheet and instructions are available through MyAwards. All financial aid is subject to change or cancellation pending verification. Aid cannot be processed until all documents are received.
  • Report All Resources: Report to the Financial Aid Office all outside scholarships, fellowships, or stipends, and any other income or benefits not reported on the FAFSA. Students who do not report all outside resources may be required to repay financial aid.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP): Federal regulations require that students who receive financial aid must maintain satisfactory academic progress. The SAP Standards for Financial Aid for Law students are available for review online at
  • Planned Educational Leave Program (PELP), Leaving School, Withdrawing from School, Canceling Enrollment or Dismissal: If you participate in the UC Davis Planned Educational Leave Program (PELP), withdraw from school, leave school, or are dismissed from UC Davis for any portion of the academic year, you may be required to repay financial aid. If you accept loans as part of your financial aid, your grace period, which is the six-months you are given after you leave school until you must begin repaying your loans, will be reduced by the amount of time you are on leave.

Questions about Applying?

Phone: 530.752.6573