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First Year


Build Your Future at UCR!

Turn your passion into purpose as part of the UCR family. Our award-winning faculty will mentor you. Our diverse campus community will embrace you. And our first-year-specific resources will help you build your future!

We've been waiting for a Highlander like you. Apply to UCR today!


First-Year Financial Aid, Costs & Fees

You can afford a UC education! The cost of attending UCR is extremely competitive compared with other University of California campuses and private schools. Living in Riverside is also considerably less expensive than living in nearby Los Angeles, Orange County, or San Diego. Read on to learn more about the programs available to help you pay for your UCR degree and how much that degree costs.


Financial Aid

A UC degree is more affordable than you might think! Grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study are offered to qualified students by UCR’s Financial Aid office.


of UCR undergraduate students who applied received some form of financial aid.


of financial aid recipients received gift-aid (grants and scholarships).


of students' financial aid need was met with need-based financial aid.

(Financial Aid Office, 2020–21)

UCR Financial Aid Applications School Codes

FAFSA: 001316
California Dream Act Application: 001316

To qualify for financial aid, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application each year by March 2.


Additional Aid

UC Riverside Foundation Scholarships

The UC Riverside Foundation offers scholarships, fellowships, internships, prizes, awards, and loans to qualifying UCR students. Use the online database to search for aid based on your college, major, financial need, career goals, and more. scholarships.ucr.edu


Eligible students can earn money for school through an approved on- or off-campus work-study job. Funds can only be used during the academic year, and you must meet financial need, academic, and other requirements to maintain your  eligibility. careers.ucr.edu

Aid for California Residents

The state of California offers a number of financial aid programs for residents, including those listed below. The programs offer qualifying students grants and scholarships that do not need to be repaid to cover tuition, fees, and related expenses (like books, housing, and transportation). To be eligible, complete your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application by the March 2 deadline each year, and make sure your Cal Grant GPA Verification Form was submitted to the California Student Aid Commission by your high school.

Middle Class Scholarship Program

If your family has up to $171,000 in annual income and assets, and you meet other residency, income, and academic requirements, you could have up to 40% of your UC systemwide tuition and fees covered by this scholarship. go.ucr.edu/mcs


Cal Grant

If you meet GPA, family income, residency, academic, and other requirements, you can get grant money that will cover some of your educational costs and fees. csac.ca.gov/cal-grants

Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan

If your total annual family income is less than $80,000, and you meet other residency, income, and academic requirements, you could have 100% of your UC systemwide tuition and fees covered by grants and scholarships through this plan. Students with greater financial need can qualify for additional aid to cover expenses like books, housing, and transportation. admission.universityofcalifornia.edu

Additional Aid from the State of California
Check out more state of California financial aid programs from the California Student Aid Commission: csac.ca.gov/financial-aid-programs



2021–22 Estimated Costs for California Resident Undergraduates

  Living with Parents Living in Residence Halls Living in Campus Apartments Living off Campus
Tuition and Fees* $15,510 $15,510 $15,510 $15,510
Room and Board $7,125 $18,125 $12,000 $12,000
Books/Supplies $1,550 $1,550 $1,550 $1,550
Transportation $2,025 $825 $1,475 $1,475
Personal Expenses $1,825 $1,700 $1,775 $1,775
Total $28,035 $37,710 $32,310 $32,310

New first years only: Add the $110 mandatory Highlander Orientation Fee to the total.
New transfers only: Add the $75 mandatory Highlander Orientation Fee to the total.
All new students: Add the $165 One-Time Document Fee to the total.

*Estimated USHIP = $1,768 (Undergraduate Fees including USHIP = $15,510; fees if USHIP is waived = $13,742.)

View estimated costs for out-of-state and international undergraduates.

Tuition, fees and charges are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by State funding reductions. Accordingly, final approved levels (and a student’s final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

Some or all instruction for all or part of the Academic Year may be delivered remotely. Tuition and mandatory fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the Academic Year. Figures for tuition and fees represent currently approved or proposed amounts and may not be final. Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California as determined to be necessary or appropriate. Final approved tuition and fee levels may differ from the amounts presented. Added March 9, 2021.


  UCR Net Price Calculator

Fill out the form at the UCR Net Price Calculator to get an estimate of what your full-time cost of attendance and financial aid package at UCR could be.


Mathematics major, Jorge Juarez Duarte smiles in a shady spot of the UCR campus
“I decided to attend UCR because of the financial support they provided me, and the diversity on campus. I know I can be myself at UCR, and that is a plus for me because I want to be comfortable where I am living.”


Jorge Juarez Duarte (JJ)
Mathematics Major

Applying to UCR

As a top-ranking university, UCR sets high admission standards. Incoming students are selected based on a wide range of criteria, including academic performance and the potential for success as an undergraduate.


Minimum GPA Requirement


Student-to-Faculty Ratio


Enrolled Academic Years to Degree Completion (UCR Institutional Research Campus Statistics, 2016–17)


UC Riverside will not consider SAT or ACT scores for admission or scholarship purposes through fall 2024. If you choose to submit test scores as part of your application, they may be used as an alternative method of fulfilling minimum requirements for eligibility or for course placement after you enroll. Details regarding UC’s testing policy can be found online

  • Comprehensive Review

    Comprehensive review is the process by which UC Riverside (UCR) evaluates first-year applicants, who meet minimum UC requirements, using multiple measures of achievement and promise, while considering the context in which each student has demonstrated accomplishment. UCR will calculate an Academic Index Score (AIS) for all first-year applicants. The faculty of UCR have designated the measures described below to be used to calculate the AIS.

    High School GPA—The strength of an applicant’s high school GPA is the strongest indicator that a student will be successful within an academically challenging UC environment. The capped GPA is calculated on the basis of all completed “a-g” courses with extra points added for UC-approved honors courses taken in grades 10 and 11, capped at 8 semesters. A capped GPA considers the extra points earned for honors-level courses and may exceed 4.0 for some students.

    Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses—AP and IB courses prepare students for college-level coursework. Therefore, students who take and do well in these courses tend to have a high probability for success within the UC environment.

    Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC)The Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC) program recognizes the individual accomplishments of students in light of the opportunities offered by their particular high school.

    Low Family Income—Students who demonstrate high academic achievement, despite low socioeconomic status, are likely to exhibit persistence, maturity, and insight. Low family income is determined based on total family members and household income.

    First-Generation University Attendance— UC-eligible applicants who are the first in their immediate family to attend college are apt to have personal strengths that will contribute to their academic success. Students whose parents have not graduated from a four-year college or university are qualified for first-generation university attendance.

  • Subject Requirement


    You must earn a grade of C or better in all “a-g” courses and complete a minimum of 15 college-preparatory (“a–g”) courses

    Eleven of those 15 courses must be completed prior to your senior year. Find out if your course is UC approved , and if your college course or SAT/AP/IB exam score meets an “a–g” requirement.


  • GPA Requirement

    To meet minimum requirements, you must earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher (3.4 for non-residents) in “a–g” courses taken during grades 10 and 11 (including summers before and after), weighted by a maximum of eight semesters of UC-approved honors points.

    Extra Points for Honors Courses

    • A=5, B=4 and C=3; D or F=0 extra points.
    • Approved honors-level courses may also include acceptable AP classes, higher- (and some standard-) level IB classes and transferable college courses.

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Resources & Support

UCR is dedicated to your success, and offers a range of programs and resources to support you along your path to degree. Get guidance from faculty and student mentors. Excel in your courses with the help of a tutor or study group. Connect with a wellness department to take care of your physical, mental, and emotional health. Develop as a leader in a campus organization.

First-Year Dates & Deadlines

Find the dates of instruction at registrar.ucr.edu


Admissions: First-Year

Aug. 1

Access the UC application 

Nov. 1–30

Submit your UC application


Admission notifications begin
Access the next steps to UCR for admitted first-year students

March 1

Housing contracts become available

May 1

Deadline to submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR)

May 10

Deadline to submit housing contract and first payment

June 8

Deadline to register for Highlander Orientation

July 1

Deadline to submit your final, official high school transcript

July 15

Deadline to submit your official AP, IB, and A-Level exam scores


Fall quarter begins


Financial Aid

Oct. 1

Access the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and GPA form to apply for financial aid (UCR school code: 001316)

Jan. 1

Access the California Dream Act Application at dream.csac.ca.gov (UCR school code: 001316)

March 2

Deadline to submit your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application, and verify that a certified GPA was submitted to the California Student Aid Commission by your high school



Meet Your Counselor

For High School Students

Juan Arroyo 

High School Admissions Counselor
Riverside and Imperial County
(951) 827-3635
­juan.arroyo@ucr.edu ­


Jocelyne Jerez

High School Admissions Counselor
San Bernardino County
(951) 827-4189

Jeremy McWells­

Assistant Director of High School
Recruitment and Evaluation
Northern and Central Valley
(951) 827-3712


Andrej Molchan

Senior Evaluation Specialist and Athletic Liaison


Cesar Gonzalez Vargas

High School Admissions Counselor
Los Angeles County


Roc'kale Bowman

High School Admissions Counselor