UCLA Extension Grants

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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: 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/month; 2 = $1,980/month; 3 = $2,340/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 2023 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, 2001. If you or your spouse/ parents did not file tax return and were not required please submit a Verification of non-filing letter from IRS. 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 (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.


UCLA Extension Grants are awarded in the form of fee waivers of no more than $400 per quarter. 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; one course per quarter), 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.

Course Eligibility
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


How to Apply

To begin the application process, click the ‘Apply Now’ button listed below.

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All applicants are notified of approval or denial within three weeks after the dates below.

2024-2025 Application Deadlines

Summer 2024: April 22–May 7, 2024 

Fall 2024: July 22–August 6, 2024 

Winter 2025: November 4–19, 2024

Spring 2025: January 27–February 11, 2025


Planning for Your Grant Award

Once you are awarded and receive an approval of the UCLA Extension Grant, we will enroll you in your first choice course. If your first choice course is canceled, full and or not available we will enroll you in your second choice course. The grant will only cover $400.00 of the your course fee, if their is remaining balance, this will be placed on your account and you will have to pay with 30 days after being enrolled. If the remaining balanced is not paid within the 30 days, you will be dropped from the course and the grant will be canceled.   

  • 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, If none of your courses are available at the time grants are approved, you will be contacted so you may choose an alternative option. 
  • Unused Extension Grant awards cannot be carried over to the following quarter if not utilized in the quarter in which they were initially applied 


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.

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