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Value of a UCR degree

Invest In Your Future. Get a UCR Degree.

When you graduate with a valuable UCR degree, you'll enjoy more earnings, career options, and employability! UCR is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, which includes Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UCLA. This means you’ll be part of the most diverse student bodies at a top-tier research university in the United States. You’ll also get the skills and experience employers want!

A Best Value College

For stellar academics, affordability, and strong career prospects for graduates.

Princeton Review, 2023

4.5 out of

Among Money magazine’s Best Colleges in America 2023 based on the quality of education, affordability, and student outcomes.

Hear From Alumni

Hear from UCR alumni about the value they've found in their degree!

Starting Salaries for Popular UCR Majors

Engineering and business are just two of a wide range of exciting and impactful majors. Explore all 80+ majors to find the best fit for your interests and dream career.

Graph of the difference between national and UC Riverside annual engineering salary.
Graph of the difference between national and UC Riverside annual business industry salary.

Sources: National Association of Colleges and Employers; UCR Career Center, Class of 2022

Earn More With a Bachelor’s Degree


2-Year Community College
Earn an Associate’s Degree


4-Year University (like UCR)
Earn a Bachelor’s Degree



Source: Fiat Lux: What is the value of a UC degree?

How to Make UCR Affordable

Attending UC Riverside can be extremely affordable, with many different ways to cover your tuition and fees while you attend. In fact, 85% of UCR undergraduate students who applied for aid were awarded aid, and 97% of undergraduate students who were awarded aid received need-based scholarships and/or grants.

Cost of Attendance

What will it cost YOU?

Each student is different, so look into what your actual costs may be!


University of California Tuition Stability Plan

As an incoming UCR Highlander, your tuition will remain flat until you graduate, for up to six years! This makes it easier for you to plan for the cost of achieving a UC degree.

Ready to apply for financial aid?

The very first thing you need to do is complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by the March 2 priority deadline. Even if you don’t think you may receive much aid, complete this to confirm your eligibility.

Which one do you complete? The FAFSA is for U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents, eligible non-citizens (per FAFSA), and T visa holders. The CADAA is for AB 540/SB 68 eligible California residents who are undocumented, DACAmented, U visa holders, or TPS holders.

“Financial aid has allowed me to achieve and maintain my dream of being in college. Without financial assistance, it would not be possible for me to obtain a four-year degree successfully and comfortably.”
– Maeve, Class of '23

Lower Cost of Living

The cost of living in Riverside is much lower than metropolitan areas like Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego. This makes renting or sharing an off-campus apartment or house a lot more affordable.

Aerial view of downtown Riverside, California.

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