Grants are awarded to students with high financial need; they do not have to be repaid. Financial aid applicants who wish to be considered for UC Hastings Grants should complete their financial aid application materials by the priority deadline: March 2 for entering students, February 15 for continuing students.
The focus of the grant program is to provide access for students with high financial need. Financial need and grant eligibility are determined from information provided on the FAFSA and the UC Hastings Financial Aid Supplement. On the Supplement the applicant reports in-kind and monetary contributions from sources other than UC Hastings. It stands to reason that a person who demonstrates enough financial need to receive a grant will also require loans to meet the cost of attendance. If a student accepts the grant and declines loans it usually signals there are resources the student has failed to disclose on the Supplement or that the student’s financial situation has changed. Such resources must be reported to the Financial Aid Office and reflected in the aid package. Students may secure low/no interest loans from family or organizations. Because not all students have access to these low cost funding sources, they are considered a resource and must be reported. This resource will be used to recalculate the grant eligibility.