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How Much Does UCR Cost?

Over 85% of UCR undergraduate students receive financial aid. 70% of those that receive it have their full fees covered by grants and/or scholarships. UCR students who borrow federal loans graduate with an average student loan debt of $21,500 – just 1/5 of the actual total cost of tuition and housing. 

See how much UCR costs and then use the UCR Net Price Calculator to get a more accurate estimate of your cost plus the financial aid you could receive at UCR. 

UC: Ranked #1 for Financial Aid

The University of California is the nation's most generous public university in awarding financial aid to freshmen, a new study has found. UC campuses snared seven of the top 10 spots among 250 public universities surveyed about their financial aid packages, according to The Student Loan Report news site. According to the survey, UC Riverside was the nation's most generous campus, giving freshmen an average of $22,241. UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine and UC San Diego, also on the top 10, had average awards ranging from $21,100 to $19,028.




  • MARCH 2, 2016 - On-time priority deadline to submit your FAFSA at for the 2015-16 Academic Year (including this summer).

  • MARCH 2, 2016 - On-time priority deadline to submit your California Dream Act Application to the California Student Aid Commission.

  • MARCH 2, 2016 - Deadline for new Cal Grant applicants who enrolled at UCR for the first time in 2016-17 to have their prior high school or transfer college submit a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission.

  • MARCH 2, 2016 - Deadline to complete the UCR Continuing Student Scholarship Application.

  • MAY 16, 2016 – Financial Aid Priority Document Deadline

  • JUNE 15, 2016 – On-time deadline to submit any financial aid documents requested on Growl.

  • MAY 1, 2016 - Deadline to complete an online Request for Summer Aid (available on Growl about April 1st) to be considered for summer financial aid.

  • NOVEMBER 1, 2016 – Deadline to Submit an On- Time Appeal.

Summer Application Open - Apply Now!

Request for Summer Financial Aid for 2017-2018 will be open through April 3, 2017.

File Your FAFSA Every Year

File your FAFSA or Dream Act Application every year (even if you don't think you'll qualify)! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.    

IRS Data Retrieval Tool Update

The IRS has temporarily suspended the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) embedded in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

If our office has notified you that we need to verify your 2015 tax return in order to prepare your 2017-2018 Financial Aid Award, you may visit to request a 2015 tax transcript, at Get Transcript Online. You also may request a transcript by calling 1-800-908-9946, and one will be delivered to your address of record in approximately two weeks.


This brief, simple tutorial, 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA, will guide you step-by-step through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Apply by March 2, 2016, in order to be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid to attend UCR in the 2016-17 school year! 
system-wide tuition and fees out of your own pocket if you are a CA resident whose total family income is less than $80,000 a year (and you qualify for financial aid).

You don't need to fill out a separate application to qualify for the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan. You will receive the benefits automatically if you meet the following eligibility requirements:

  •  Submit a FAFSA or California Dream Act Application and Cal Grant GPA Verification Form by March 2
  • Be a California resident or have AB 540 status
  • Demonstrate total family income below $80,000 and financial need, as determined for federal need-based aid programs
  • Be in your first four years as a UC undergraduate (first two for transfer students)
  • Meet other basic requirements for UC grant aid (for example, be enrolled at least half-time during the academic year, meet campus academic progress standards, not be in default on student loans, etc.)

What's covered?

If you're eligible, your system-wide tuition and fees will be fully covered by scholarship or grant money. The plan combines all sources of scholarship and grant awards you receive (federal, state, UC and private) to go toward covering your tuition and fees. Students with greater financial need can qualify for even more grant support to help defray other educational expenses (like books, housing, transportation, etc.).


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