Grants and Funding FAQ
If you are a male, and one month away from turning 18, or already 18, you must register for Selected Service in person at your local Post Office if you want to receive state Financial Aid. Otherwise, you will not receive aid.
To qualify, students must be Dream Aid-eligible and can visit 119 Cesar Chavez to sign up.
Unless your grandparent is your legal guardian or you are legally "independent," you must report your parents' income even if they do not live here. Note: If you are 24 years of age or if you are a parent to a child of your own, you are considered independent.
In order to receive state financial aid, if you are dependent on your parents, you must provide IRS tax forms and your parents that work must file taxes.
If you are not meeting SAP requirements and want to explain your circumstances, you may submit an appeal. The forms can be found on MyFinAid. A counselor can help you complete the Academic Plan needed for the SAP appeal. This is a contract that you make with Financial Aid. You can call 510-642-7224 to make an appointment. It is important that you complete this before the posted deadline.
You can find these forms on MyFinAid. It is important that you complete these forms as soon as possible. If you need further assistance, you may contact us to make an appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-642-7224.
These forms do not apply to AB 540 students. They apply only to students who do not qualify for AB 540. You can email email@example.com to have the Glacier requirement removed.
Beginning in fall 2014, UC Berkeley Dream Aid recipient students will be offered institutional loans as part of their Financial Aid package. Students can also take out an emergency loan through Financial Aid but please note: These loans must be paid back within 60 days. Students can also apply for the Emergency Grants program, which does not have to be paid back. For further questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a male, 18 years of age or older, and applying for the California Dream Act, you must register for Selective Service by visiting your local Post Office and filling out a paper application. Once you send this in, this process takes 4-6 weeks to approve. You will then receive a confirmation card. You should provide a copy of this card with Financial Aid along with a Selective Service Verification form. You will not receive Financial Aid until this is done.
If your parents do not live in the U.S., they must still report their income is you are considered a dependent student. The only exceptions are: If you are independent, have a legal guardian, or if you have never had communication or support from parents. Otherwise, you still have to report what your parents make in another country. You will need to convert this amount to U.S. dollars on your application.
If you are dependent on your parents and want to receive state Financial Aid, your parents must do taxes and can use a Federal ITIN number instead of a Social Security Number on their tax forms.