The University of California extended the deadline for undergraduate applicants affected by the recent California wildfires, according to a press release sent out by the UC Office of the President Wednesday morning.

The Woosley Fire in Ventura as of Nov. 9, 2018. Courtesy of SBC Fire Public Information Officer Mike Eliason

Affected students can now request an extension from the initial Nov. 30 deadline to Dec. 15.

UC will also grant fee waivers to affected students, UC Office of the President (UCOP) said in the press release.

“We know this is a tremendously difficult time for prospective students and their families who have been impacted by the devastating wildfires,” UC President Janet Napolitano said.

“This is one small way the university can offer support.”

Applicants who need an extension must email with the same email address used in their UC application.

The subject headline of the email should be “Extension Request – Weather/Fire Event.” In the email, applicants should use the same first and last name listed in the UC application and include the specific reason for the extension request.

Email confirmation should arrive within five to seven business days, said UCOP.

Additionally, affected applicants should list long-term or short-term impacts of the fire in the additional comments section of the UC application Personal Insight portion. Impacts can be – but are not limited to – a mid-year school change or the inability to complete specified courses.

Further information on the UC application process for those affected by the fires can be viewed here.

There are currently several major wildfires burning across California, including the Camp Fire in Butte County and the Woolsey Fire in Ventura County.

A full map of all wildfires currently burning in California can be viewed below:

Map courtesy of CAL FIRE


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