The University of California Office of the President announced an extension to the first-year Statement of Intent to Register deadline from May 1 to May 15, in a Feb. 7 email press release to the Daily Nexus.
The new deadline will apply to all nine undergraduate universities, with the exception of out-of-state and international applicants at UC Berkeley.
The decision comes after the U.S. Department of Education announced that financial aid decisions will not be sent out to students until mid-March due to updates made to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process.
UC campuses will also begin announcing their financial aid offers to students in mid-April, allowing ample time to review the packages before committing to a school. The new commitment date also ensures that the UC “admit[s] additional students promptly through the waitlist process,” giving students time to secure housing and take campus tours.
“The University wants to reassure students and their families that despite any FAFSA delays, we remain committed to helping them successfully navigate the financial aid process and access the state, federal and University resources they are entitled to,” Shawn Brick, executive director of student financial support at the UC Office of the President said.