University of California, RiversideUCR


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Types of Aid - Scholarships  

Recognizing Excellence

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, talent, and/or athletic ability. UCR, along with outside organizations, offer a variety of scholarships to offset college costs.

What You Should Know: Scholarships do NOT have to be repaid. Outside Scholarships replace loan or Federal Work-Study whenever possible. However, regulations may require adjustments, for example, to Cal Grant awards for students whose total awards exceed their Cal Grant need figure.

UCR Foundation Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards

See all the scholarships at UCR for prospective /incoming/transfer students and current undergraduate and graduate students. Check out some of the leading merit scholarships available for each type of student below.

Dr. Manuela and Mr. Randy Sosa/Inland Empire Scholarship

The Dr. Manuela and Mr. Randy Sosa /Inland Empire Scholarship serves low-income, high achieving, Spanish-speaking permanent residents of Riverside and San Bernardino counties who are enrolled as undergraduate students. Applications will become available in January 2016 for the next selection cycle  Selections will consider candidates who apply for the FAFSA   or Dream Act Application and meet UCR priority aid application deadlines. Categories of students selected also include:

  • entering freshmen or transfer students
  • continuing undergraduate students
  • medical students

Entering Students

As an entering student, you apply for scholarships on the University of California Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarships during November. UCR Scholarships are awarded to entering students based on a record of high academic achievement and/or leadership skills.

Regents Scholarship

The most prestigious scholarship awarded to incoming UCR freshmen – Regent Scholars are notified of the award at the time of admission. Students are selected based on a review of their academic record by the faculty Committee on Scholarships and Honors. The Regents Scholarship is a renewable award and will be awarded to students for up to four years if all renewal criteria are met.

Chancellor's Scholarship

Awarded to incoming UCR freshmen with a distinguished high school academic record, the Chancellor's Scholarship provides an honorarium applied toward your fees. If you are offered this award, you can find more info regarding the terms and amount of your award on MyUCR .

Highlander Excellence Scholarship

Awarded to incoming UCR freshmen with a distinguished high school academic record, the Highlander Excellence Scholarship provides an honorarium towards college expenses. If you are offered this award, you can find more information regarding the terms and amount of your award on MyUCR.

Alumni Scholarships

The UCR Alumni Association offers non-renewable merit-based scholarships to entering California resident freshmen and re-entry students over the age of 25 who have had an interruption in their education of at least two years. Applicants must demonstrate leadership in extracurricular activities, community activities, employment or personal situations. The application process requires submission of an essay, and top candidates are selected for an interview.
Alumni scholarships include the Alumni Freshman Scholarship Program and the Re-entry Scholarship program.

Continuing Students

If you're a continuing student, scholarships are often awarded based on both financial need and academic excellence.

Continuing Student Undergrad Scholarships

Continuing Student Scholarship Applications are available online in December each year and must be submitted by March 2 prior to the award year. These awards are based on a student's academic achievement and, except for honorary scholarships, on need. They generally range from $100 to $5000. All need-based awards are subject to compliance with UCR priority aid application deadlines. Application requirements for continuing student UCR scholarships may vary. Award decisions are made by a scholarship selection committee during the summer or fall quarter.

View a complete list, including departmental awards, of all of UCR's continuing student scholarships.

All Students

Many students choose to apply for departmental scholarships and those awarded by organizations outside of UCR.

Middle Class Scholarships

Starting in the 2014-15 academic year, the Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) program will provide scholarships to undergraduate students with family incomes up to $150,000, and who attend a University of California campus.

The Middle Class Scholarship is available by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov or the CA Dream Act Application at www.caldreamact.org. Also, to be eligible for the Cal Grant, a GPA Verification form must be submitted by the March 2nd deadline to the California Student Aid Commission.

Click here for more information about the program.

Outside Agency Scholarships

Incoming and continuing UCR students are encouraged to check frequently for scholarship opportunities sent to UCR from outside agencies. See a list of these scholarships and find out how to apply .

Departmental Scholarships

A variety of scholarships are awarded by academic departments or college offices. For example, Chancellor's Performance awards are available through the departments of Dance , Art , Music , and Creative Writing.

View a complete list of all of UCR's continuing student scholarships.

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