At University of California (UC), we believe that higher education should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their financial situation.
That's why we offer a number of different types of financial aid to help students cover the cost of tuition and other expenses.
One of these options is the UC Fees Waiver program, which provides eligible students with a waiver of certain fees associated with attending UC.
Who is Eligible for the UC Fees Waiver?
To be eligible for the UC Fees Waiver, you must meet certain criteria:
- First, you must be a California resident.
- You must also be an undergraduate student who is enrolled in at least 6 units, or a graduate student who is enrolled in at least 3 units.
- In addition, you must have a total family income that falls within certain limits, as determined by the UC system.
How to Apply for the UC Fees Waiver
If you meet the eligibility requirements for the UC Fees Waiver, the next step is to apply for the program.
The application process is fairly straightforward, but there are a few important things to keep in mind.
- First, you will need to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application (CADAA). These forms are used to determine your financial need, and will be used to determine whether you are eligible for the UC Fees Waiver.
- Once you have completed the FAFSA or CADAA, you can apply for the UC Fees Waiver through your UC campus.
- You will need to provide documentation to support your application, including proof of income and residency.
You may also be asked to provide additional information, such as tax returns or other financial documents.
It's important to note that the application deadline for the UC Fees Waiver is typically in the fall, prior to the start of the academic year.
Be sure to check with your UC campus to find out the specific deadline for your school.
Types of Fees Covered by the UC Fees Waiver
The UC Fees Waiver covers a variety of different fees associated with attending UC. These include:
- Tuition and registration fees
- Student services fees
- Student activity fees
- Health insurance fees (for students who have not waived coverage)
It's important to note that the UC Fees Waiver does not cover all fees associated with attending UC. For example, it does not cover housing or meal plan costs.
Other Types of Financial Aid Available at UC
In addition to the UC Fees Waiver, there are a number of other types of financial aid available to students at UC.
- Grants: Money that does not need to be repaid. Grants are typically awarded based on financial need.
- Scholarships: Money that does not need to be repaid. Scholarships are typically awarded based on merit or a combination of merit and financial need.
- Work-study: A program that provides students with part-time jobs to help them pay for college expenses.
- Loans: Money that must be repaid with interest.
To apply for these types of financial aid, you will need to complete the FAFSA or CADAA.
You may also need to submit additional documentation, such as essays or letters of recommendation.
At UC, we are committed to making higher education accessible to everyone. If you are a California resident and meet the eligibility requirements, the UC Fees Waiver program can help you cover the cost of attending UC.
Be sure to complete the FAFSA or CADAA and apply for the program through your UC campus.
And remember, there are a number of other types of financial aid available as well, so be sure to explore all of your options.