You should definitely apply for
financial aid even if you’ve applied for it in the past. You need to apply for
financial aid every year. UC and the state of California have one of the
strongest and most generous financial aid programs in the country. More than
half of our California transfer students pay no tuition and 75% of those students
actually receive grants and scholarships to reduce their costs and that’s money
you don’t have to pay back. We understand that most Community College students
actually work full time and go to school part-time. The opposite will be expected
when you attend UC. You will be expected to go to school full-time and work no
more than 20 hours a week. That means a couple things for transfer students.
First, your income may go down from what you reported on FAFSA. Don’t worry. There
is a process to have your financial aid re-evaluated, but you need to contact the
financial aid office on the campus that you’re interested in for details.
Second, you might also need to take out student loans but that’s just one part
of the financial aid package which can also include grants and scholarships and
that’s money you don’t have to pay back. And remember, UC undergrads have some of
the highest starting salaries in the nation. So think of your student loans as
an investment in your future. So how do you apply? File your FAFSA or Free
Application for Federal Student Aid by March 2nd or if you’re an undocumented
Californian complete a California Dream Act application by March 2nd. We’ve got
links to these applications in the video description.