Consumer Information

General Information About UC Davis

Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) & Privacy

The University of California campuses maintain various types of records pertaining to students; some are maintained for academic purposes; others, such as hospital and employment records, are maintained for other specific purposes. Student records—that is, those pertaining to students in their capacity as students—include but are not limited to academic evaluations, transcripts, test scores and other academic records, general counseling and advising records, disciplinary records, and financial aid records.

For information on UC Davis’ policy regarding privacy and student records, see Official Privacy Notifications.

Academic Activity Tracker

All students are required to acknowledge the Code of Academic Conduct for each registered course. Beginning on the first day of instruction notifies students via email to participate in keeping UC Davis a fair and honest community. For more information, see Academic Participation.

Facilities & Services for Disabled Students

The Student Disability Center provides information on facilities and services for disabled students.

Student Body Diversity

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion provides a vast amount of information about diversity on campus, 

Cost of Attendance at UC Davis

For tuition & fee charges, see the Office of Budget and Institutional Analysis.

For estimated tuition & fees, books & supplies, room & board, and personal/miscellaneous expenses, contact your respective Financial Aid Office:

Refund Policy

The university has a tuition refund policy stipulating the amount of tuition and fees refunded to a student withdrawing from all classes during a term. This refund policy is published by the Office of the University Registrar.

The Summer Session Office publishes the refund policy for summer terms.

Textbook & Supplemental Materials

Students can access information regarding the purchase of required textbooks and supplies when enrolling in courses using Schedule Builder.

Withdrawal Procedures

Instructions for students to withdraw from the university are maintained by the Office of the University Registrar.

Repayment Policy (Return of Title IV Financial Aid)

Federal law requires federal aid recipients to "earn" the aid they receive. Students who withdraw prior to completing 60% of the term for which they received federal student aid may be required to return some of the aid they were awarded. See Return of Title IV Funds policy or from the Financial Aid Office.

Borrowing Loans & Cohort Default Rate

Loan Indebtedness includes information on the percentage of students who borrow at UC Davis. In addition, the current UC Davis Cohort Default Rate (CDR) is available with the U.S. Department of Education via the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) at the College Navigator. For more information on CDRs, including the national average, visit the Federal Student Aid Department website.

Descriptions of Academic Programs

Information on the university's academic programs, degree offerings, and plans for future programs is available from the various academic units and admission offices. Undergraduate students should refer to Undergraduate Admissions for information on the various academic programs and units. Graduate Studies provides information about graduate programs.

Instructional Facilities & Labs

Information on instructional and research facilities is available in the UC Davis General Catalog.


Information on the university's faculty and instructional personnel are available from the various academic units, see UC Davis links to the various academic units. For information on services and training provided to graduate student instructors at the university, see Graduate Studies.

Accreditation Information

For a current accreditation list, see the UC Davis General Catalog.

Complaint Process

The University of California takes very seriously complaints and concerns regarding the institution. Most complaints should be resolved at the campus level. If your complaint regarding the University of California has not been resolved at the campus level, you may present your complaint as outlined in the UC Complaint Process Notice.

Copyright Infringement Policies

For information about the university's policies related to the use of copyrighted material, including peer-to-peer file sharing, see University of California Copyright Education.

Acceptance of Transfer Credit

UC Davis Undergraduate Admissions determines the transferability of course work taken at other institutions for both newly admitted transfer students and for current UC Davis students who attend other institutions concurrently or during summer quarters. More information is available from Undergraduate Admissions.

Articulation Agreements

Articulation agreements are formal agreements between two campuses. They define how courses taken at one college or university campus that can be used to satisfy a subject matter requirement at another college or university campus. A list of these are available from ASSIST.

Voter Registration

Voting is one of the most important rights and responsibilities of U.S. Citizens. Information on voter registration is available at the State of California

Constitution Day

Every September 17, the United States pauses to commemorate the drafting of its Constitution. For more information, see Constitution Day.

Student Financial Assistance

For School of Law and Health Systems students, contact your respective Financial Aid Office.

For all other students:



Per federal regulations, students should notify Financial Aid & Scholarships as financial aid eligibility maybe be affected, if one of the following applies:

  • Living on a military base
  • Receiving a Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)
  • Identify as a member of a religious order
  • Currently, or become incarcerated

Additional Information for Continuing Students

Criteria for maintaining continued student eligibility:

Financial Aid Disbursement Information:

Financial Aid Loan Information:

Study Abroad

If you participate in a study abroad program that is approved for credit by the university, your enrollment may be considered enrollment at UC Davis for the purpose of applying for assistance under the Federal Student Aid programs. For more information, see Global Learning Hub & Study Abroad.

Student Loan Code of Conduct

The university adheres to the University of California Code of Conduct in Regard to Preferred Lender Arrangements.

Terms/Conditions of Employment Provided as Financial Aid (Work-Study)

Visit our Student Employment information page for additional information about on-campus employment.

Loan Entrance & Exit Counseling Requirement

Students must complete online entrance counseling before receiving a Federal Direct Loan. Federal Direct Loan and Federal Perkins loan borrowers must complete exit counseling after ceding enrollment or dropped below half-time enrollment (6 or fewer units). Details on Direct Loan entrance counseling are available at Student Loan Entrance Counseling. Details on Perkins exit counseling are available at Student Loan Exit Counseling.

Tax Credit & Benefits

Depending on your eligibility you may be able to claim educational tax credits:

  • The campus will send you a 1098-T form which includes expenses paid to UC in “qualified expenses” (mainly required tuition and fees) and also how much gift aid students received in the past year. If you need an additional copy or wish to view your 1098-T information, students can go online at or call Tax Credit Relief Service (TCRS) at 1-877-467-3821. For additional information regarding the 1098-T please contact the UC Davis Student Accounting Office.
  • Learn about Tax Benefits for Education through the IRS.
  • The IRS has information at Tax Benefits for Education.

Health & Safety

Campus Safety & Security

Pursuant to 20 U.S.C. Section 1092 (f), the "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act" ("Clery Act"), the Violence Against Women Act, the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and the Higher Education Opportunity Act, UC Davis distributes the annual campus safety report and fire safety report.

Vaccination Policy

For the UC Davis policy and information about immunizations for new students, see Student Health & Counseling Services.

Accommodations for Disabilities

Upon request, this publication will be made available in alternative formats for people with disabilities. Contact the UC Davis Student Disability Center; 530-752-3184. The campus and all buildings are wheelchair accessible.

Drug & Alcohol Abuse Prevention

The university has developed alcohol and drug education programs. The Student Health & Counseling Services (SHCS) includes the Health Education &Promotion (HEP) as a primary resource to help achieve wellness through student-centered education and creating health-promoting environments focusing on issues related to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs issues. To learn more about the legal implications of drug and alcohol abuse, review the university's policy on conduct & discipline

Drug Conviction

Under the provision of the Federal Higher Education Act, a conviction of any offense involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance during a period of enrollment for which a student receives Title IV, Higher Education Act Federal Student Aid (i.e. grants, loans, or work-study), the student shall be ineligible to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance from the date of the conviction for the period of time specified in 20 U.S.C. 1091(r)(1):

(1) IN GENERAL- A student who has been convicted of any offense under any Federal or State law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance shall not be eligible to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance under this title during the period beginning on the date of such conviction and ending after the interval specified in the following table:

If convicted of an offense involving:

The possession of a controlled substance the ineligibility period is:

  • First offense: 1 year
  • Second offense: 2 years
  • Third offense: Indefinite.

The sale of a controlled substance the ineligibility period is:

  • First offense: 2 years
  • Second offense: Indefinite.

(2) REHABILITATION- A student whose eligibility has been suspended under paragraph (1) may resume eligibility before the end of the ineligibility period determined under such paragraph if--

(A) the student satisfactorily completes a drug rehabilitation program that--

(i) complies with such criteria as the Secretary shall prescribe in regulations for purposes of this paragraph; and

(B) the conviction is reversed, set aside, or otherwise rendered nugatory.

Student Outcomes

Graduation & Retention Rates

The UC Davis Student Profile is available including graduation success rates. Prospective students are entitled to receive the graduation information reported to the U.S. Department of Education via the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) at the College Navigator.

Graduation & Retention Rates for Student Athletes

These rates must be provided to student-athletes, their parents, high school coaches, and guidance counselors when an athletically related student aid offer is made. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) provides this information directly to high schools and the NCAA. For information, contact UC Davis Athletic Department, Hickey Gym 264, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616; 530-752-1111.

Athletic Program Participation & Financial Support

As part of The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA), information on annual participation rates and financing of men's and women's sports in intercollegiate athletic programs is available by request to students and the general public. For more information or to receive a copy of the report, contact UC Davis Athletic Department, Hickey Gym 264, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616; 530-752-1111.

Teaching Credential Passage Rates

To review the teaching credential passage rates for UC Davis, see California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.