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Applying for Aid

UC Merced's school code for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is 041271.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Step 1: Apply for admission to UC Merced by Nov. 30.

Step 2: Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at or California Dream Act application at by March 2. Visit to explore your options.

Step 3: Submit a Cal Grant GPA Verification form by March 2.

Step 4: Complete and return any documents requested by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships by June 1.

Next Steps:  If You've Received a Financial Aid Award

Checkbox Visit the MyFinancialAid section of the UC Merced student portal where you can:

  • View your award(s) online.
  • Review messages from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.
  • View your checklist and satisfy outstanding requirements.
  • Accept the terms and conditions of your award(s).

Checkbox Check your email often. We will use the email address you submitted on your financial aid application.

Checkbox If selected for verification, follow the instructions on MyFinancialAid to complete outstanding requirements by June 1.

Checkbox Visit for more information about receiving your aid.