What types of financial aid am I eligible for under the California Dream Act, and how do I apply?

Visit the Financial Aid & Scholarships website to learn what your options are under the California Dream Act and if you qualify for an AB 540 nonresident tuition exemption. Also, view this message from Anne De Luca, former Associate Vice Chancellor for Admissions & Enrollment at UC Berkeley.

Why don't I receive my financial aid award money directly?

Your aid is paid directly within CalCentral. Once the award is paid, it can take 5-7 business days before this is reflected on your bill or before any refund is issued by check or direct deposit, also known as Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).

What should I do if have questions about financial aid?

You may receive a message in CalCentral about your current financial aid status. Please visit the Financial Aid & Scholarships website to learn more.

I need an emergency loan. What is the process?


  • Loans are interest-free and are due in approximately 60 days.
  • You are charged a $20 application fee for each loan.
  • Your emergency loan and the application fee are billed through CalCentral in two business days.



I've been awarded financial aid, how can I make sure my funds will be ready in the fall?

Follow these steps to be sure your financial aid is ready to disburse when the semester begins:

  1. View your financial aid awards and important messages on CalCentral, UC Berkeley's online financial aid system. You will need your CalNet ID to access CalCentral. New students can create their CalNet ID upon their first visit to CalCentral.

How will an outside award impact my financial aid package?

If you already have a financial aid package and subsequently receive an outside scholarship/award, your financial aid package will be adjusted for that award, and is dependent upon the conditions of the award. Generally, need-based loans and work-study awards are reduced first to "make room" for that award. Outside awards that are split evenly between semesters have a more positive impact for students.

What is the status of my appeal or document that I already turned in?

The status of your appeal or document can be viewed in CalCentral. If your document has been submitted more than two weeks ago, please follow up with Cal Student Central.

Why is my refund less than I expected?

Refunds are a result of more credits on your account in CalCentral than your actual bill at any given time. If your refund was less than you expected, compare your aid and or payments made against your actual bill. If you think that more refund should be available, please visit Cal Student Central and talk with an adviser.

How much do I owe?

Access My Finances within CalCentral to see your actual charges for the cost of the semester. There, you can make a payment on what you currently owe.



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