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Student Loan Programs


Students enrolled or planning to enroll in a program or series of courses at UCI Division of Continuing Education (DCE) can apply for a private alternative student loan. UCI Division of Continuing Education has arranged with the lenders listed below to offer competitive loans to students in continuing education programs.

Important Note: Once approved through the online or phone application process, a student loan check is disbursed to UCI Division of Continuing Education, payable to the student, usually timed to arrive when needed to pay course fees, though it can take four weeks after applying to receive the first loan check. It is recommended that you begin the loan application process early as UCI DCE does not enroll students in courses until payment is received, and applying for a loan does not reserve a space in the course.

UCI DCE does not endorse any financial institution. The following information is provided for your consideration. In addition to the lenders listed here, you may want to contact your current bank or other lending institution to ask if they have a student or continuing education loan. Carefully review the terms and conditions; the loan is from the lending institution and not from UCI Division of Continuing Education. The loan amount requested can include course and textbook costs. Once the loan is approved by the lender, UCI Division of Continuing Education will contact the student to confirm enrollment status and when loan funds are needed. Students will be notified when the loan check is available.

Students enrolled in UCI DCE courses and programs are not eligible for federally funding (Title IV) aid including scholarships, grants, federal work study, or FFELP loans. As such, there is no need to complete a FAFSA application.

Calendar of Events

Visit the Academic Calendar to see when our online schedule of classes will be available for upcoming quarters.

Helpful Hints - Financial Aid Guide

  1. Organize a file for all of student loan information and keep copies of all information you mail.
  2. Be aware of all deadline dates.
  3. Respond promptly to all correspondence from UCI DCE’s Student Services Office/Office of the Registrar. Failure to respond can delay the processing of your loan.
  4. Promptly notify UCI DCE’s Student Services Office/Office of the Registrar of any change of name, address or telephone number. All student loan correspondence will be mailed to the student's current address on record in the Registrar's Office.
  5. Be your own advocate. Ask questions. UCI DCE’s Student Services staff would welcome hearing from you.

Student Loan Preferred Private Lender List

To assist students in reviewing student loan options the UC Preferred Private Lender List provides additional information about each lender. Students should consider all educational funding options prior to securing a private alternative loan. UCI Division of Continuing Education will work with any student loan lender, however, established relationships with the preferred lenders may allow more expeditious loan certification and check distribution. To assist in navigating the student loan lender website please review the information below.

Student Loan Providers

Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan: To learn more about this Sallie Mae loan, visit the Sallie Mae website. When applying, find the school listed as "UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – IRVINE DIVISION OF CONT EDUC, IRVINE –00131498." For more information, contact Sallie Mae customer service at (800) 695-3317.

Wells Fargo Collegiate® Loan: To apply or learn more about this Wells Fargo private alternative loan, visit the Wells Fargo website. When applying, click "Find your school" and locate "University of California Irvine – Div of Con Educat" on the list. For more information, contact Wells Fargo customer service at (877) 566-6733.

Loan Deferment Letter Request

UCI Division of Continuing Education provides verification of enrollment for student loans for UCI DCE programs only, including certificate programs, Concurrent Enrollment, and International Programs. UCI Division of Continuing Education’s verification letter includes dates of attendance and enrollment status. UCI Division of Continuing Education does not participate in Title IV Federal Financial Aid programs. The UCI Division of Continuing Education Records office will not complete any section of the in-school deferment form provided by the loan provider. There is a $20 fee to Order Verification of Enrollment. Verifications for Summer Session enrollments are processed by the UCI Registrar’s Office. Please contact the UCI Division of Continuing Education Records office at or (949) 824-5418, Monday-Thursday, 9am-4pm (Pacific), with questions.