Check My Aid
Every effort is made to assist you and your family obtain the federal, state and institutional resources available to make a UC education more affordable. It is our goal to award you all funding for which you are eligible.
While we wish a loan-free education was available to all students, that is not the reality of today's financial environment. And in many cases, loans are the only resources we can make available to you. We hope that the funds offered will combine with your overall financial plan so you can meet your college costs.
Financial Aid Offers
Awarding for each academic year generally begins in February for new students and March for continuing students. Students are awarded based on receipt of FAFSA and, for new students, a UC admission offer.
"To Do" items assigned to you may prevent an award offer from being made. Also, if you are awarded aid, "To Do" items can prevent aid from posting to your bill until the item is resolved.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the only formal aid application required by UC. It is used with your admission application (for new students) or your academic record (for current students) to determine your aid eligibility.
Catalyst or Bearcat Portal
- View your "To Do" list for any required documents and steps needed to secure your academic year aid for the appropriate aid year.
- Your aid "To Do" list is detailed within the "My Financials" tab once signed into Catalyst or the main page of the Bearcat Portal.
- Items will be posted to your list as we receive your FAFSA data if there is something that is needed to complete your aid application.
- Current students should pay attention to the "To Do" item aid year so as to complete current year requests in time for aid consideration.
- Requested items can often be completed and submitted in the online financial aid portal. Other items can be mailed to Student Financial Aid or delivered to any of the Enrollment Services locations.
- Review and accept the aid offered to you once a financial aid offer is made.
- Financial aid awards for the upcoming year are anticipated to begin processing the final weekend of February for newly admitted freshmen and transfer students and late-March for continuing and graduate students. Awarding will continue forward with each group from that point as students apply for aid.
- Awards for the current academic year will continue as students apply for aid or complete aid processes.
- Financial aid will not show as anticipated on your term bill if you have not accepted the funding offered.
- While accepted aid may show as anticipated on your term bill, students have to meet individual eligibility requirements for aid sources at the time of disbursement to the bill and when re-evaluated during the initial weeks of the term.
- Summer will not be part of your award at this time.
- Students who will attend classes summer will be awarded their aid eligibility remaining for this academic year once they are registered for summer.
Following Aid Acceptance
Your aid, once accepted, will show on your student bill as a credit or an anticipated credit when you are enrolled in classes for the given term.
Additionally, there are specific regulations surrounding when loan funds can process.
Students should review their financial aid offer by term amounts and project their out-of-pocket expenses. Only a detailed review of your anticipated bill and financial aid award can fully prepare you for your remaining educational costs -- both billed and unbilled.
Your aid is intended to help you reach your academic degree goals. As such, it is important to make sure your coursework applies to your academic program.
Withdrawal from individual courses or a complete withdrawal can drastically affect your aid for that term or future terms. Your grades and completion rate determine your academic progress toward your degree.