The fall 2020 admissions application is now open! Apply Nov. 1–30.

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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 freshman-specific resources will help you build your future!

Follow your heart to UCR and apply today! 


Freshman 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 undergraduates receive some form of financial aid.


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

(Financial Aid Office, 2018–19)

UCR Financial Aid Applications School Codes

FAFSA: 001316
California Dream Act Application: 00136

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.


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.

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 percent of your UC systemwide tuition and fees covered by this scholarship.


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.

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 percent 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.

Additional Aid from the State of California
Check out more state of California financial aid programs from the California Student Aid Commission:



2019–20 Estimated Costs for California Resident Undergraduates

  Living with Parents Living in Residence Halls Living in Campus Apartments Living off Campus
Tuition and Fees* $15,627 $15,627 $15,627 $15,627
Room and Board $6,575 $17,350 $11,000 $11,000
Books/Supplies $1,450 $1,450 $1,450 $1,450
Transportation $1,500 $675 $1,300 $1,300
Personal Expenses $1,650 $1,575 $1,725 $1,725
Total $26,802 $36,677 $31,102 $31,102

*Tuition and fees are estimates and are subject to Regental approval. Fees are as of July 2019, and are subject to change.

Incoming freshmen will also be charged the mandatory $270 Highlander Orientation Fee, as well as the $165 One-Time Document fee charged to all new students.

Student Health Insurance Plan

Tuition and fees include Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) enrollment. SHIP is a comprehensive, affordable health insurance plan for undergraduate students. The Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan provides covered students with access to a network of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers. SHIP also includes dental and vision care.

Estimated SHIP (Student Health Insurance Plan) = $1,774 
Fees including SHIP = $15,627; fees if SHIP is waived = $13,853

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

  UCR Net Price Calculator

Fill out the form at 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: academic performance, standardized exam scores and the potential for success as an undergraduate. Prepare for admission to UCR with the Freshman Admission Checklist.


Minimum GPA Requirement


Student-to-Faculty Ratio


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


  • 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.
  • Examination Requirement

    To meet minimum requirements to be considered for UCR selection, you must take the ACT with Writing or the SAT with Essay exam by December of your senior year and report your test scores by January of your senior year. Learn more about the examination requirement.

    SAT subject tests are not required. However, you may want to take them if you want to:

How to Apply

  • Gather Your Information


    Before you begin, find out what important information is needed for an accurate fall admission application. Then learn about tips and tools that are specific to California freshman applicants.


  • Personal Insight Questions


    Express who you are, what matters to you and what you want to share with us by answering four out of eight personal insight questions.


  • Complete the UC Application


    The UC application for fall admission to UCR opens on Aug. 1. The fee is $70 for each UC. You can apply for a fee waiver — provided you have your family’s income and the number of people supported by it — when you fill out the application. The fall application filing period is Nov. 1-30. If you have difficulties, contact or (800) 207-1710.


  • After You Apply

    Now that you have applied, there are just a few more steps to complete the process. These include printing your receipt, ordering test score reports and updating your application, if needed.

    UCR Undergraduate Admissions will email instructions on how to access your MyUCR admission portal account. Log in regularly to check your admission status, respond to messages, and track important dates and deadlines. Admission notifications begin in March.

Student Profile: Christine Ibrahim
“The diversity [at UCR] makes me feel at home and welcomed, and most importantly, valued. UCR makes me feel like I can really make a difference in the community around me, [and it] was the beginning of the discovery of my purpose!”


Christine Ibrahim '18 (Sociology)

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.

Freshman Dates & Deadlines

Find the dates of instruction at


Admissions: Freshman

Aug. 1

Access the UC application 

Nov. 1–30

Submit your UC application

Nov. 30

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


Admission notifications begin

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


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 (UCR school code: 00136)

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 Freshman Students

Rachel Reynolds

Freshman Admissions Counselor
East Los Angeles
(951) 827-5981