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 — even state and UC Davis aid. Students should 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.
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.