Road To Financial Aid

The Road to Receiving Your Financial Aid

The main path outlined below is general info for undergraduate students from the United States. Based on your needs, the following may be helpful:


Take Action Now:

Being awarded financial aid may not be the last step in actually receiving your funds. Follow these steps to ensure your aid is ready to disburse.

  • View your financial aid awards and important messages in CalCentral.
  • Stay on top of any other financial aid requirements, such as forms or documents we may need you to submit.
  • CalCentral will display messages about payment status, changes in eligibility or documents needed.
  • A delay in submitting forms or documents we need may result in your funds not being paid out in a timely manner.
  • Holds on your account can also delay disbursement of your financial aid. Learn about holds


Receive Funds

  • As the start of the semester approaches, you are in the home stretch toward receiving your funds.
  • Do you plan on taking out loans? Be sure to accept any loans in CalCentral and follow any other instructions like completing online entrance counseling and promissory notes.
  • Receiving outside scholarships? Make sure to notify Cal Student Central.


Two options for receiving refunds:

  1. Direct deposit to your bank account using Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).
  2. A check will be printed and held in Cal Student Central (120 Sproul Hall) for you to pick up within three weeks. *

* You will need a photo ID to pick up your check your check and there may be a wait. Checks not picked up within three weeks will be mailed through the US Postal Service to your address listed in CalCentral.


Your Account in CalCentral

Your financial aid file is complete and you have no holds - now what? Aid will begin to apply to your account in CalCentral the first week of August. Refunds for financial aid in excess of your bill balance will begin a week before the start of classes.

Aid packages may be adjusted as more information becomes available. Any reduction in your aid package will result in a bill in your account in CalCentral.


Apply for Work-Study or Student Jobs


Did you know?

More than 65% of UC Berkeley undergraduates receive some form of financial aid. 


Still have questions about financial aid or want to talk with an adviser?

Visit Cal Student Central: 
120 Sproul Hall
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.