Steps to pay for college

Complete your financial aid application

Completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or California Dream Act Application is the gateway to most financial aid, including state and UC Davis aid. Students must submit their application each year by March 2 for priority consideration.

Apply for scholarships

For new students, the UC Application for Admission and Scholarships serves as the application for campus-based scholarships.

The Undergraduate and Prestigious Scholarships office provides resources on outside scholarships and helps students apply for campus and prestigious external scholarships.

Pay by installments

You can pay registration and housing fees by installments through the Deferred Payment Plan. For a small fee, payments can be spread over a quarter or year.

Consider additional resources

Request aid for special purposes

Eligible students can receive financial aid for special purposes such as Summer Sessions, study abroad, the UC Davis Washington Program, the University of California Center Sacramento and travel to international internships.

California Chafee Grant for foster youth

For current or former foster youth, the California Chafee Grant provides funding for college courses.

Aid for undocumented students

Undocumented undergraduate students who qualify under AB 540 criteria may apply for most types of financial aid.

Contact us

If you have additional questions about any of the information covered on this page, please contact our Financial Aid and Scholarships Office to learn more.