Some students begin school with personal debt (non-student loans)

Some students begin school with personal debt (non-student loans)

Our office corresponds with you mainly through your UCSF email address. Please make sure to keep your email address updated.

We may also contact you by mail. Please check both mail and email regularly to ensure a quick response to any question we may have for you or for reminder notices from the Student Financial Services Office. Fast responses to requests for information may assist us in processing your application more quickly.

Application Process – Frequently Asked Questions

You will receive information about registration from the Office of the Registrar. All questions regarding the registration process, tuition, and payment deadline should be directed to OAR at (415) 476-8280.

A leave of absence (LOA) must be approved by a student’s advisor. Students in satisfactory academic standing taking an LOA for less than one year (four consecutive quarters) can reenter the program in any subsequent quarter. For LOAs lasting more than one year, the Program Director must approve the student’s re-entry to the program. Once you are no longer a registered student, most student loans have a grace period during which loan payments are not due.

Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan and Direct Graduate PLUS will continue to accrue interest during the six month grace period, although no payments will be required.

If you re-enroll before using up all of your grace period, you are entitled to the same grace period again upon graduation. Once the entire grace period is used up during a period of non-enrollment or leave of absence, however, you enter repayment immediately upon graduation. You still qualify for a grace period for any new loan(s) borrowed after you re-enroll at UCSF, however, which may give you two different repayment dates!

Budget FAQs

It may be a significant change for some students have a glimpse at this link enrolling at UCSF to adjust to living on a student budget. While we try to provide an adequate budget, this amount is modest and may require some changes in your living habits. A good way to feel comfortable living on financial aid may be to set a monthly budget. You can start with the student budget we provide and see where your expenses differ. The budget we provide is just an example of how you ple, you might spend less on rent than we allot, but more on food and that will work as long as the amount you need to pay bills each term is equal to the amount you receive. Our financial aid advisors are also here to help. If you find you will have more than enough to live on, consider reducing your loans; we strongly recommends that you borrow only what you need.

The expected monthly payments for credit card or other types of consumer loan debt will be hard to make while living on a student budget. The student budget does not include additional funding for debt repayment. If you are concerned about staying current on personal debt while you are enrolled, call us to set up a time you can meet with your financial aid advisor to go over your options, either by phone appointment or in person.

Another area of concern for many students is funding for transportation. The Student Financial Services Office includes a monthly transportation cost in the student budget, but not the cost of getting to campus for the two in-person executive weekends, since students will be coming from many different places! Additional funding for transportation can be included in your budget if it is essential for the program and you can complete an Education Expense Request form, asking for additional transportation funding. For more information, contact the Student Financial Services Office or view detailed information on your program’s student budget.

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