University of California, RiversideUCR

Do You Qualify?  

Federal School Code: 001316


Do You Qualify for Financial Aid?

There are two types of financial aid: gift-aid and self-help aid. Students may be awarded a financial aid package including a combination of these. Gift-aid includes grants and scholarships that do not have to be repaid or earned. Self-help aid includes loans that must be repaid and work-study funds, which must be earned.


 Step 1 

 Who is Eligible for Financial Aid? 

Who is Eligible for Financial Aid?  

 Step 2 

 Review Important Dates 

Review Important Dates  

 Step 3 

 Accepting Your Financial Aid 

Accepting Your Financial Aid  

Who Is Eligible For Financial Aid?

Students Who Are Eligible:


  • Are U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, permanent residents, refugees, asylees, other eligible noncitizens, and other non-immigrant students who meet the provisions of AB 540.  (See Completing the 2014-15 California Dream Act Application).    
  • Are enrolled at least half-time
  • Are in an undergraduate or graduate program that leads to a degree or certificate
  • Are not in default on a federal educational loan and do not owe a refund on a federal grant
  • Are making satisfactory academic progress
  • Demonstrate financial need (except for the Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students PLUS Loan and some scholarship programs)

    For Federal aid funds, in addition:
  • Have a valid Social Security number
  • If male, are registered with the Selective Service


    Students Who Are Not Eligible:

  • International students who are in the country temporarily
  • Other categories of non-immigrant students
  • Students on Limited or Special Status
  • Graduate students with no degree objective (An exception is available for students admitted on Limited Status who are required to take prerequisite coursework prior to full admission into the Graduate Division. If you fall into this category, please submit documentation from the Graduate Admissions Office confirming that you are taking prerequisite coursework for graduate admission.)
  • Students who take classes through University Extension only
  • Undergraduate students who have been enrolled for the equivalent of 18 quarters or longer

Students studying for a second baccalaureate degree are eligible for one or two years (depending on the terms of their admission) of limited funding from loan programs only.

Students who do not meet the eligibility criteria above may qualify for alternative loan programs and some scholarships.

The information you provide on the FAFSA is used to determine your financial aid eligibility. If your family has experienced a significant loss in income you may be eligible to request a re-evaluation of your financial aid eligibility. You must have submitted a FAFSA in order to request a re-evaluation of your eligibility. To request a re-evaluation of your financial aid eligibility, carefully follow the instructions and complete the Parent Change of Income form (dependent students) or the Student Change of Income form (independent students). If your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is 0, please contact the Financial Aid Office before completing this form.

Important dates and other deadlines for financial aid applicants


November 1 — 30, 2014

New students apply for scholarships on the UC admissions application

December 2014

California Student Aid Commission begins accepting 2015-16 GPA Verification Forms for new Cal Grant applicants

January 1, 2015

First day to submit FAFSA (or Renewal FAFSA) to Federal Processor

January 5, 2014 Winter financial aid refunds available for students on Direct Deposit 

March — May 2015

Notices of financial aid awards are available to new admitted students

March 2, 2015


UCR priority date to submit FAFSA

March 2, 2015

Continuing student scholarship application deadline

March 3, 2015                           


Cal Grant postmark final deadline to submit FAFSA
*Postmark final deadline to submit Cal Grant GPA Verification Form

May 1, 2015

Deadline to submit Request for Summer Aid on Growl for Summer 2015

June 12, 2015

Deadline to submit any requested supplemental information or documents (e.g., tax transcripts) to UCR.


May — June 2015

Continuing student enrollment in Fall classes

May 9, 2015

Priority deadline to submit UCR Residence Hall contract and first payment

June 15, 2015 Deadline for students on summer grant to pay remaining summer fees.

June 2015

Notices of financial aid awards are sent to continuing UCR students

July 2015

UCR new student orientation and enrollment in classes

September 15, 2015

Fall fee payment deadline

December 15, 2015

Winter fee payment deadline

March 2, 2016

UC postmark priority date to submit FAFSA for 2016-17 academic year.

Cal Grant postmark final deadline to submit FAFSA for 2016-17 academic year.

Postmark final deadline to submit Cal Grant GPA Verification Form for 2016-17 academic year.

Continuing student scholarship application deadline for 2016-17 academic year.

March 15, 2016

Spring fee payment deadline

You must submit your application by March 2, 2015, to avoid becoming ineligible for most awards, including Cal Grant and UCR financial aid. The federal student aid deadline of June 30, 2015, (or the last day of UCR's academic year) on the FAFSA on the Web, is the final deadline for federal financial aid only. UCR accepts financial aid applications year-round; however, funding for late applicants is very limited and may include loan funds only. Therefore, it is crucial that you meet the March 2, 2015, filing deadline. If you have not filed 2014 federal income tax forms, you should estimate your income so that you can meet this March 2nd deadline. When you later receive your Student Aid Report from the Federal Processor, you may update and correct any estimated information.

UCR must have your correct and completed application information by your last day of enrollment in the 2014-15 school year in order for you to qualify for federal financial aid. If you anticipate being enrolled for only one or two quarters during 2014-15, please submit your application four to six weeks prior to the end of your last quarter of attendance.


More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

UCR Financial Aid Office
900 University Ave.

Tel: 951-827-3878
Fax: 951-827-5619
E-mail: finaid@ucr.edu