At UCLA undergraduate students are awarded scholarships by demonstrating a high level of academic and personal achievement. Scholarships can provide students with additional gift aid, enabling them to reduce borrowing or out of pocket costs. Many university scholarships are designed to reward, encourage, and assist students in pursuing academic excellence and leadership roles. Additionally, other specific criteria, such as campus or community activities, work experience and financial need are taken into account during the scholarship selection process.
How Do I Apply for UCLA Scholarships?
Applicants to UCLA are encouraged to apply for scholarships managed by Financial Aid and Scholarships by completing the scholarship section of their admissions application. Scholarships are awarded to students who meet the specific criteria established by donors, which may include a variety of factors such as student’s academic achievements, ethnicity, volunteer work and professional interests. In addition to completing the scholarships section on the application for admission, students must complete and submit the FAFSA or the Dream Act Application by the March 2nd deadline for the year they will be enrolling.
Academic departments and campus organizations offer various scholarship opportunities. If you accept your offer of admission to UCLA, you will have the opportunity to apply for additional scholarship opportunities from your academic departments as a continuing student and from Financial Aid and Scholarships via the continuing student scholarship application.
Financial Aid and Scholarships are awarded on the basis of both academic merit and financial need.
- High school entering students are awarded with a 4.1 grade point average (GPA) or better
- Community college entering students are awarded with a 3.5 GPA or better
Notification of Scholarship Eligibility
Financial Aid and Scholarships office will try to list scholarships awarded to you on your Provisional Award Letter (PAL), which is the notification of eligibility that you will receive when you are admitted). Many scholarships are awarded on a timeline that will not make it possible for us to include them on your PAL. While we endeavor to award scholarships before students begin their classes in the fall, some departments process their awards throughout the academic year; do not be surprised if you receive notification that you are eligible for a scholarship after the academic year has started. Once we are aware that you are eligible for a scholarship, we will include it on your Financial Aid Award (FAN) letter. Generally, a scholarship will be used to replace student’s work study or loan on their award letter.