The Financial Aid Office is responsible for administering financial support based on need to domestic, full-time students. To apply for financial aid, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the FAFSA Renewal Application by March 2. Completion of the FAFSA or the FAFSA Renewal Application is required for all financial aid programs. The UCLA code for your FAFSA is 001315.
Financial aid awards include long-term low interest loans and work study funds. Students may also apply for Federal Stafford Student Loans, which are long-term loans made by banks and other institutions.
For more information on applying for need-based support at UCLA, please refer to the website maintained by the Financial Aid Office at www.fao.ucla.edu. The UCLA Financial Aid Office is located at A129-J Murphy Hall. You may also reach the office at (310) 206-0400.
Financial Aid Grants from the Professional Degree Fees
MPP students pay an additional Professional Degree Fee. When this fee was instituted, the Regents mandated that one third of the fees are to be disbursed as financial aid grants to MPP students in order to mitigate the economic burden for students in financial need. Consequently, each year one third of the Professional Degree Fees are disbursed to MPP students in financial need as assessed by FAFSA.
On an annual basis, the Department receives data from the UCLA Financial Aid Office regarding the MPP students’ financial need. After projecting the Professional Degree Fee revenues for the year, the Department then determines the percentage of “unmet need” that it can disburse to students. Because the projected revenue and financial need of students vary each year, the percentage of the “unmet need” financial aid grant awards also varies. So far, the range of financial aid grants has been from 5.5% to 10.5% of “unmet need” as assessed by the FAFSA. The grants are awarded uniformly to all MPP students receiving Financial Aid during each academic year. There is no separate application for the Professional Degree Financial Aid grants other than completing the FAFSA.