Financial Assistance
UC San Diego Extension
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Financial Assistance

UC San Diego Extension is pleased to provide information regarding financing your continuing education needs. Money need not be an obstacle in furthering your education. Private Student loans are available to assist students with the cost of enrollment fees, certificate fees, and required textbooks.

Private Lender Loans

UCSD Extension has established a business relationship with UC Approved Lenders. Students can compare loan details including interest rates, repayment options, applicable fees, etc to assist in finding a lender that best meets your student loan needs.

The complete loan process is coordinated between the lender and the student. The school becomes involved in the process when the lender requests a certification of the loan. Please allow approximately 3 weeks to complete and receive your student loan funds. Students may visit the lender's website for more information and to apply online.

We encourage you to contact your own bank to research all possible lending solutions. Students enrolled in Extension courses are not eligible for federally funded (Title IV) scholarships, grants federal work study or direct loans.

Loan Certification:

In order for the school to certify the student loan, the school must verify the student's enrollment. It is recommended that students complete the steps to meet these qualifications after approval for a student loan.

  • Be registered in an approved certificate program
  • Be enrolled in at least one course, or paid the program deposit fee

Application Tips:

  • Verify you are applying for the correct student loan type. See the Private Lender List for the correct loan program title.
  • Choose the correct grade level. Extension students are considered 5th year undergraduate students. Students may need to reapply if the incorrect grade level is selected.
  • Choose the correct campus of attendance. Students must indicate 'University of California, San Diego Extension' as the campus of attendance.

For more information on financial assistance, please email

Truth-in-Lending Act Disclosure

This act requires lenders to provide information regarding other educational funding that may be available to some students to keep student loans as affordable as possible. Students must review this information, then complete and mail the Self-Certification Form to their lenders before funds can be disbursed. Information is available by request from the lender, with your loan documents and/or on the lender’s website under Application & Solicitation Disclosure. The University of California Code of Conduct in Regard to Preferred Lender Arrangements.

Unemployed Students

Visit San Diego Workforce Partnership to see if they qualify for state supported vocational training. Many of UCSD Extension's certificate programs are approved for funding through the Employment Development Department (EDD).

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

UCSD Extension students do not need to complete this application for federal funding. This type of student aid is limited to degree programs.

Cal Vet College Tuition Fee Waiver

Under Section 32320 of the California Education Code, students enrolled in UCSD Extension programs and other self-supporting UC programs are not eligible to use the Cal Vet College Tuition Fee Waiver towards program tuition fees.

Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards

Congress established the National Service Trust to provide an AmeriCorps Education Award for members who successfully complete service in AmeriCorps. Annually, 50,000 Americans participate in AmeriCorps. AmeriCorps members tutor and mentor youth, build affordable housing, teach computer skills, clean parks and streams, run after-school programs, and help communities respond to disasters. After successfully completing your AmeriCorps term of service, you may be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award. You may use this award to pay educational expenses at UC San Diego Extension. For more information on AmeriCorps visit

Getting Started

    Step 1:
  • Register for your courses via our website, fax, mail, or in-person, and purchase any required textbooks.
    Step 2:
  • Log in to My AmeriCorps at MyAmeriCorps website
    • Create Education Award Payment Request.
    • Select "University of California, San Diego Extension" as school name.
    • Enter the school term and your authorized amount.
    Step 3:
  • Submit the Education Award Payment Request.
    Step 4:
  • Contact the UC San Diego Extension AmeriCorps representative at 858-822-1366 to complete your authorization request.
Education Tax Credits

The Internal Revenue Code, as amended in 1997, provides for tax credits for certain educational expenses. IRS Form 1040 Instructions includes complete information/filing instructions. For more information visit a tax professional or see the IRS's Tax Benefits for Education.

Hope Scholarship Credit

The Hope Scholarship Credit is intended for students in their first two years of college studying at least half time. The student or his or her parent if he/she is claimed as a dependent, may be eligible depending on the taxpayer's adjusted gross income. Charges and portion of fees for books, meals, insurance, lodging, and travel are not allowed.

Lifetime Learning Credit

Lifetime Learning Credit is Intended for students enrolled in an eligible institution of higher education for courses leading to a degree, certificate, or improved job skills. Fees paid on or after July 1, 1998 for UCSD Extension courses may qualify. Charges and portions of fees covering books, meals, insurance, lodging, and travel are not allowed. For additional information please call the IRS helpline at 800-TAX-FORM or visit

Veteran's Benefits

For more information on VA benefits select the link to the left or email

Certificate Programs

View the Cost of Attendance for a specific certificate program which includes certificate fee, course fees and required textbooks.