Financial Aid

We care about your dreams, not your wallet.


Every student, regardless of income, who dreams big and works hard should be able to graduate from the greatest public university system in the world. That’s why we will do everything we can to help you get the money that you need to attend UCR.

 

A UCR degree is a good investment.

See how much you could make with a degree from our:

It costs less than you think.

About 70 percent of our undergrads pay no tuition (thanks to scholarships and grants).

Get an estimate of your cost of attendance and the financial aid you could be eligible for at go.ucr.edu/estimate.

See the average annual cost of attendance.

 

86 percent of UCR undergrads receive financial aid.

How to get the most financial aid:

To get the most aid, complete a FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov and a GPA form at csac.ca.gov by March 2, 2018.

If you are an undocumented student, complete a California Dream Act application at dream.csac.ca.gov and a GPA form at csac.ca.gov by March 2, 2018.

School Code: 001316

How to get scholarships and grants:

Scholarships and grants do not need to be repaid.

You are automatically considered for some scholarships and grants when you apply to UCR. Learn more at finaid.ucr.edu/scholarships.

If you qualify, the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan covers 100 percent of your systemwide tuition and fees! When you submit your FAFSA or Dream Act Application, you are automatically considered for the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan. Learn more at universityofcalifornia.edu/blueandgold.

If you qualify, the Middle Class Scholarship covers up to 40 percent of your systemwide tuition and fees! When you submit your FAFSA or Dream Act Application, you are automatically considered for The Middle Class Scholarship. Learn more at csac.ca.gov/mcs.asp.

How to get an on- or off-campus job:

Apply for the Federal Work-Study Program to earn money for college through part-time work at approved locations.

Apply for the Work-Study Program to earn money for college through part-time work at approved locations.

If you’re not eligible for Work-Study, you can still be hired for on- and off-campus positions through the UCR Career Center! They can help you find employment.

See more career resources for transfer students.

Student Loan

How to get a student loan:

UCR’s repayment rate is excellent, with more than 97 percent of students repaying their federal loans on time (Department of Education School Default Rates, 2012–14).

Submit your FAFSA or Dream Act Application and either accept or decline student loans as part of your financial aid package.

All loans accrue interest and require repayment after graduation.

Learn more about student loans at financialaid.ucr.edu/loans.


UCR students graduate with an average student loan debt of

$21,838

(Common Data Set, 2016–17, H5).

The national average for student loan
debt is

$37,172

(Make Lemonade Student Loan Debt Statistics Report, 2017).


About 70%

of UCR undergrads pay no tuition thanks to scholarships and grants (not loans).

For undocumented students:

 

Eligibility
  US Citizens/
Permanent Resident
Undocumented Students*
Cal Grants Eligible Eligible
California Dream Loans Not Eligible Eligible
California Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) Eligible Eligible
Federal Direct Loans Eligible Not Eligible
Federal Grants Eligible Not Eligible
Work-Study Eligible Not Eligible
Private Loans Eligible Eligible
UCR Grants Eligible Eligible
*Through the California Dream Act, undocumented students who are California residents and who have completed the Dream Act application by March 2, 2018 may be eligible to receive scholarships, grants and loans at UCR.

 

Complete a California Dream Act application at dream.csac.ca.gov and a GPA form at csac.ca.gov by March 2, 2018.


Apply for a UCR Undocumented Student Programs R’Dream Scholarship and Book Grant.

 



For Veterans & Service Members

See financial aid and educational benefit information for you.

 

Attend a Workshop

Attend a transfer student financial aid workshop.

 

Contact UCR Financial Aid

Connect with our financial aid counselors.

 

Download a Fact Sheet

Download our printable financial aid fact sheet.