All UC campuses have extended the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) deadline to May 15. This decision was made due to current delays to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Note that in the case of UC Berkeley, the new deadline does not yet apply to out-of-state and international first-year undergraduate students, as that campus needs more time to evaluate the situation.
The U.S. Department of Education announced last week that higher education institutions will not begin receiving students’ financial aid information from the FAFSA until mid-March. The delay follows major changes by the U.S. Department of Education to simplify the FAFSA. The May 15 extension is predicated on the current FAFSA schedule announced Tuesday, January 30, by the U.S. Department of Education. If there are new developments or additional delays, the University will reassess its plans, make changes as necessary based on the circumstances and communicate changes to prospective students and families.
UC campuses plan to provide financial aid offers to admitted first-year students starting in mid-April. This extension will provide students time to review a complete financial aid package and make a confident decision on or before May 15.
Additional details about applying to the University of California and accessing financial aid can be found on our admissions website.