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How Much Does UCR Cost?

At UCR, 86% of undergraduate students receive financial aid and 70% of those who receive aid 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. 


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Financial Aid Is Going Paperless!

Submit all of your 2018–19 academic year documents electronically beginning March 1. Learn more.


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 in the top 10, had average awards ranging from $21,100 to $19,028.

Save Time - Update FAFSA

If you and/or parents filed taxes in 2016 but did not yet use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT), please do so to immediately to avoid delays in receiving a financial aid offer.  Click the image below to see a video explaining how to use the DRT.

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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. 
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, 2018, in order to be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid to attend UCR in the 2018-19 school year!
The Summer Aid Application will open March 2018. Requests for Summer Financial Aid for the 2018-2019 will close on April 2, 2018.
UC's Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan will ensure that you will not have to pay 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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