A grant is a form of financial aid that does not need to be repaid. UCLA Extension offers grants to U.S. citizens and Green Card holders (see eligibility requirements below) who are not otherwise eligible for federal aid programs. Our grants are awarded based on your financial need (see below) and your ability to effectively convey your educational objective.
- Basis of Financial Need: Your gross income cannot exceed $1,800 per month for a household of one. This threshold increases 10 percent for each additional person in the household—for example, household size: 1 = $1,800 a month; 2 = $1,980 a month; 3 = $2,340 per month, etc.
Grant Eligibility Requirements
Students applying for UCLA Extension Grants are required to hold U.S. citizenship or a Green Card. However, the following categories of students are not eligible for a UCLA Extension Grant despite holding citizenship or a Green Card:
- High school students
- Candidates in certificate programs who qualify for federal, state, or private agency financial aid
- Students who are receiving partial and/or full tuition funding through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) or Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program
- Continuing students in degree programs at UCLA or other institutions of higher education
- Students who are in default or in pre-claims status on federal student loans
- Previously enrolled UCLA or UCLA Extension students who have academic and financial holds on their student account. Once holds have been cleared, students may reapply for a UCLA Extension Grant
Establishing Financial Need
As part of the UCLA Extension Grant application process, you will be required to submit:
- A signed photocopy of your/your spouse's 2019 Federal Income Tax Return (IRS Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, or 1040TEL) with all schedules and worksheets (or that of your parents if you were claimed as a dependent). Parental tax returns are required for applicants born after January 1, 1997. An IRS filing extension does not exempt an applicant from submitting the required financial documents.
- A photocopy of your/your spouse's most current payroll check stubs dated within 30 days of the application deadline worksheets (or that of your parents if you were claimed as a dependent).
- If you are currently unemployed and/or receiving public assistance, current documentation dated within the past 30 days verifying source of income and monthly entitlement is required.
All applicants are notified of approval or denial within three weeks after the deadline dates below. UCLA Extension Grants are awarded in the form of fee waivers of no more than $400. You will be responsible for paying the balance not covered by your fee waiver, as well as any tangible materials fees included in your tuition. UCLA Extension Grants are not guaranteed from one quarter to the next and may not be retroactively applied to courses taken in previous quarters of enrollment. If interested in receiving future UCLA Extension Grants, you must reapply every quarter (you may apply for grants to cover up to eight courses), and you must have earned a grade of “C” or better in each grant course taken.
Academic Requirements for Extension Grants
- All courses are to be taken for credit and a letter grade.
- Even if you withdraw from a course, the course will count as one of the eight courses you are eligible to use toward a UCLA Extension Grant.
- You may only transfer to a course other than your grant-funded course if the course you selected is canceled or closed prior to processing your grant application. Contact the UCLA Extension Financial Aid Office for approval of course substitutions. For other assistance, contact the specific program department for your course of interest.
The following course categories are not eligible for a UCLA Extension Grant:
- UCLA regular session courses or concurrent enrollment
- Courses numbered 700–900–999.99
- XL 10 Statistics course
- Coding Boot Camp classes/programs
- Courses in which a student is already enrolled
Due to the extenuating circumstances for students around school closures related to COVID-19, we will be accepting documents via email at email@example.com. Only complete packets will be accepted.
How to Apply
Download the application form (pdf). Forms are also available for pickup at the UCLA Financial Aid Office.
2020-2021 UCLA Extension Grant Application Deadlines
April 27-May 12, 2020 (4:30 p.m.)
August 3-18, 2020 (4:30 p.m.)
November 2-17, 2020 (4:30 p.m.)
February 1-16, 2021 (4:30 p.m.)
Applications are only accepted by mail or by drop off in-person during the application filing period.
Deadlines are firm and do not include postmark dates. Late applications will not be considered.
Planning for Your Grant Award
Once you are awarded a UCLA Extension Grant, you are eligible to apply the award toward any course that meets the eligibility criteria outlined in Academic Requirements for UCLA Extension Grants. Because your enrollment will not be finalized until your tuition has been paid in full, we recommend you plan carefully.
- Select your courses as soon as they become available for enrollment in your desired quarter. Be sure to budget for any excess dollar amount you will need to cover out-of-pocket if you exceed your $400 grant maximum.
- Course availability is not guaranteed, so enroll as soon as you receive notice that your UCLA Extension Grant has been approved.
UCLA Extension does not reimburse enrollment fees if you receive a UCLA Extension Grant but have already paid for the class out-of-pocket. Applicants who have not received a UCLA Extension Grant in the previous two quarters will be given priority.