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UC Application Extension and What to Do Next

UC application extensions — open campuses for fall 2024

Students interested in the University of California who have not yet applied or who wish to apply to more campuses still have the opportunity to be at UC in fall 2024. Transfer applications are being accepted at the following campuses until January 15, 2024.

First-year (freshman) applications are also being accepted at UC Merced untilJanuary 15, 2024 with some major exclusions.

As a reminder, UC will waive application fees for up to four campuses for qualifying students. The online fee waiver is within the UC admission application and uses the applicant’s family size and income to determine eligibility. During the payment process, the system will apply the approved fee waiver.

Supplemental applications

Some campuses and programs require submission of a supplemental application in addition to the UC application. These applications may include, but are not limited to:

  • An application form
  • A submission fee in addition to the UC application fee
  • Letters of recommendation
  • An audition
  • A portfolio
  • Videos
  • Interviews
  • Essays/personal statement

Deadlines for supplemental applications and required materials vary but are strictly enforced. Some require all materials to be submitted in December, with auditions or interviews taking place in January. Please encourage your students to check with the department and campus for current information.

If students do not submit required materials, they will not be considered for admission to that program. In some cases, campuses may not review students who do not submit required supplemental materials for admission to the campus. (NOTE: Not all campuses have majors or programs requiring supplemental materials.)

Major supplementals

Major supplementals


After submitting the UC application

After submission, applicants can log in to their UC application to pay any remaining fees due, to view and print a PDF of their application and to make updates to limited information such as their personal details. All personal information updates such as name, email or mailing address should be made online in their UC application.

Beyond personal information, applicants should be advised that very little information can be updated in the UC application after submission. Applicants are unable to update information included in the “Activities and awards” section or their Personal Insight Question responses. Minor changes to activities, awards, volunteer work or employment are unlikely to have an impact on the admission decision.

Reporting academic changes

For freshman applicants, if there are changes to the students’ academic record after they submit their application, such as changing schools, adding/dropping courses or earning a grade lower than a C, they might need to notify the campuses to which they’ve applied.

Keep in mind, UC cannot guarantee that a campus can go back to review an application after correspondence has been received.

Campus instructions and websites for reporting changes:

  • Berkeley will not accept post-submission updates. Any updates that are sent will not be considered in the application reading process.
  • Davis
  • Irvine
  • Merced — Post-submission updates are only accepted if the student is admitted. They can click on the “myCourseUpdate” link in their connect portal
  • UCLA — Some post-submission updates will be accepted. Visit the UCLA contact page for further details.
  • Riverside
  • San Diego will not accept post-submission updates. Any updates that are sent will not be considered in the application reading process.
  • Santa Barbara will not accept post-submission updates. Any updates that are sent will not be considered in the application reading process.
  • Santa Cruz — The update form will be available after December 15.

Transfer applicants will submit academic updates in the Transfer Academic Update (TAU). See further details about the TAU below.

If the student receives an offer of admission, students should review their conditions of admission for details on informing their campus of any deficient grades or schedule changes.

Requesting a change of major

Each campus has specific instructions if an applicant wishes to change their intended major after submitting a UC application, prior to receiving an admission decision. See campus instructions for major change requests.

Canceling/withdrawing a UC application

Each campus has specific instructions for their individual process if an applicant wishes to cancel or withdraw their application from further consideration. This only applies to students canceling or withdrawing prior to admission decision release. See campus instructions for canceling/withdrawing a UC application.

Transfer Academic Update (TAU)

In order to ensure that UC campuses have the most current academic information available, all transfer applicants are required to submit a Transfer Academic Update (TAU) by the January 31 priority deadline with fall 2023 grades and confirmation/modification of winter/spring 2024 courses.

Transfer applicants will receive an email message from UC in mid-December to begin completing the TAU. All transfer applicants must submit a TAU by the priority deadline, including students who apply in December or early January to one of the seven open campuses. Students must submit a TAU even if they have no fall 2023 grades or winter/spring 2024 courses to report.

2024–25 FAFSA: UC priority filing deadline

The UC financial aid community is preparing for the biggest changes to federal financial aid in the last three decades. The redesigned 2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available to students by December 31, 2023 — later this year than in the past four years. In order for students to get their financial aid packages shortly after an offer of admission, UC encourages students to file their FAFSA or California Dream Act Application by March 22024 even though the state deadline has been extended to April 2, 2024. UC will consider California students for all eligible financial aid based on the extended deadline.

Students can learn more about applying for financial aid on the UC admissions website.

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