University of California, RiversideUCR


Federal School Code: 001316

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How much does UCR cost?

How much does UCR cost?

See a charted breakdown of fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses. Or by answering a few simple questions, the UCR Net Price Calculator can give you an early estimate of your full-time cost of attendance at UCR.

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Financial Aid on "Hold" Information

If you see that some or all of your financial aid on Growl Current Activity is “Aid on Hold”, you can click on the Growl “Holds” item on the menu bar for a description of the hold and how to resolve the hold (e.g., loan documents to be completed).

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Proposed Tuition Increases and Financial Aid

Please view an important letter regarding tuition increases and financial aid by clicking this link UC letter.

7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA

This brief, simple tutorial will guide you step-by-step through the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Apply by March 2, 2014, in order to be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid to attend UCR in the 2014-15 school year! Click here for 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA. Please view an important letter regarding tuition increases and financial aid by clicking this link UC letter.

Middle Class Scholarship Update

The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) has released a preliminary payment date of September 22, 2014 for the new Middle Class Scholarship program (MCS). The University of California Riverside Fall quarter fee payment deadline is September 15, 2014, and all fees must be settled by this date. Please note that the estimated date provided by CSAC falls after UCR’s fee payment deadline. Eligible recipients’ financial aid awards will be recalculated to include the MCS. As a result of the delay from CSAC, some recipients may qualify for reimbursement of fees paid to UCR or reduction in student loans. For more information on the Middle Class Scholarship program, click here.

UCR Biweekly Work-Study Timesheet Due Dates

Student employees now submit electronic timesheets through UC's Time & Attendance Reporting System (TARS). Once the student completes their online electronic timesheet, they will print and submit it to their supervisor for final approval.

Supervisors are required to submit approved student employee timesheets via email to workstudy@ucr.edu. Due to the very short timeframe financial aid staff has to process the approved timecards after they are submitted, it is important that approved timecards are received by the due dates in order to ensure that student employees are paid on time.

Click here for a list of electronic timesheet due dates for the 2014-15 academic year. A step-by-step walkthrough of the process for electronic timesheet submission can be accessed here.

2014-15 Financial Aid Deadlines!

  • MARCH 2, 2014 - On-time priority deadline to submit your FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov for the 2014-15 Academic Year (including this summer).
  • MARCH 2, 2014* - Deadline for new Cal Grant applicants who enrolled at UCR for the first time in 2013-14 to have their prior high school or transfer college submit a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission.
  • MARCH 2, 2014 - Deadline to complete the UCR Continuing Student Scholarship Application.
  • JUNE 13, 2014 - Deadline to submit any financial aid documents requested on Growl.
  • MAY 1, 2014 - Deadline to complete an online Request for Summer Aid (available on Growl about April 1st) to be considered for summer financial aid.

*Due to March 2, 2014 falling on a Sunday, the California Student Aid Commission has extended the GPA Verification form deadline to the following Monday, March 3, 2014.

See additional important dates for the 2014-15 school year here.

The UC Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan

Undergraduate California residents whose family income is less than $80,000 per year may be eligible to receive grants and scholarships to cover the full amount of 2014-15 system wide fees (up to $12,192). Click here for more information on UC's Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan.

Paying for UC

Don't let finances keep you from attending the University of California. With grants, loans and other financing tools, we can help put a UC education within reach. This site helps explain the options available to students at all income levels.

Financial Aid on Hold Information

If you see that some or all of your financial aid on Growl Current Activity is “Aid on Hold”, you can click on the Growl “Holds” item on the menu bar for a description of the hold and how to resolve the hold (e.g., loan documents to be completed). Note: Aid on hold does not hold registration in courses. Once you have resolved the hold, allow at least a few business days to see the updated aid status on Growl.  Your aid will then appear as “Estimated Aid” until it is ready to “credit” your account. 

After the quarter begins you may view any financial aid refunds or direct deposits that are issued to you for any credit balance on your student account after your charges have been paid. Please note that one financial aid award on hold will not necessarily prevent disbursement of other awards – for example, a loan on hold for completion of loan documents will not prevent the disbursement of a grant.

It’s always a good idea to check Growl Current Activity for the latest information on your quarterly charges and aid credits, to check your latest account balance and to ensure that your aid is not on hold.

Next Steps for New Stafford Loan Borrowers

First time Stafford loan borrowers must submit an electronic Master Promissory Note online and complete loan entrance counseling before Stafford loan funds can be disbursed. (more)

Next Steps for Parent PLUS Loan Borrowers

Your financial aid award may include a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan. The PLUS Loan is a loan which is made to your parent. If your parent decides to take out this loan, the parent borrower needs to submit a PLUS Request, and if your parent is a new (first-time) borrower, complete an electronic Master Promissory Note online. (more)

Next Steps for Perkins Loan Borrowers

All Perkins Loan borrowers must submit an electronic Master Promissory Note online and complete loan entrance counseling before Perkins Loan funds can be disbursed. Please allow two business days from the date that you accept your Perkins Loan award for your loan to be activated at the ACS website before completing your promissory note and entrance counseling.(more)

Reporting Special Circumstances

If your financial circumstances have changed since you filed your FAFSA, several appeal options are available to you. Contact our office for more detail. For an overview of the types of special circumstances that may be considered, click here to view a short video.

UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has made this resource available to medical students:

Financial Information, Resources, Services, and Tools (FIRST).

FIRST is designed to help members of the academic medicine community navigate the complexities of student debt. FIRST helps medical school borrowers expand their financial literacy, make smart decisions about student loans and manage their student debt wisely. Organize and track your loans, then view sample repayment scenarios with the Medloans® Organizer and Calculator, the only Web tool of its kind developed for medical students.

Aid Office

Highlander One Stop Shop
(HOSS), First Floor

Financial Aid Office
Student Services Building
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521-0209
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9am - 4:45pm, Monday - Friday
(Summer hours may vary)

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How much money do I owe?

Access the national student loan database, which has a record of all federal student loans.

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What's the difference between a "subsidized" and an "unsubsidized" loan?

"Subsidized" means that the federal government pays the interest on a borrowers's loan, while the student is enrolled at least half the time.

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What are the 2014-2015 deadlines?

You must submit your FAFSA by March 2, 2015, to be considered for state and institutional awards, including Cal Grant and UCR financial aid. The deadline to file a FAFSA on the Web for federal financial aid is June 30, 2015.

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What are the GPA requirements for maintaining my financial aid?

Undergraduate and teaching credential students must have a 2.0. Graduate students need to maintain a 3.0.

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Can I get financial aid for summer school?

Summer financial aid applicants must complete and submit the online Request for Summer Aid form on GROWL.

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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