How to Stay Eligible


Types of Aid

Seven Ways to Stay Eligible for Financial Aid

You must do all seven to maintain eligibility!

Submit a FAFSA or Dream Act Application every year between January 1 and March 2.


Submit your paperwork and pay your tuition and fees on time. See all the deadlines and make plans to meet them. 
  • To “Finish in Four,” you must register for at least 15 units per quarter.
  • To get full financial aid, you must register for at least 12 units per quarter.
  • To get any financial aid, you must enroll in at least 6 units per quarter (your award amount will be reduced).


You can’t get financial aid if you are in default on a student loan or owe repayments on a grant. 

If you were in default, you must provide documentation showing that repayment arrangements have been satisfied before you can get your aid.

If the National Student Loan Data System notifies us that you are in default or owe a refund (with a deadline prior to your disbursement), we are required to reverse your funds, and it will be your responsibility to repay the funds immediately. 


Financial aid regulations require that students meet specific Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements to maintain eligibility for financial aid. Your academic record will be evaluated after each academic year to determine if you are meeting the SAP requirements to maintain financial aid eligibility for the next academic year.  To maintain eligibility, you must:

  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) at or above 2.00.
  • Complete your degree within a maximum specified number of years of enrollment.
  • Make progress towards your degree by completing a minimum number of units based on your total years of enrollment.

You need to make satisfactory academic progress (SAP) in order to continue receiving aid. In other words, you have to make good enough grades, and complete enough classes, to keep moving toward successfully completing your degree in a time frame that is acceptable to UCR (also known as SAP pace).

Learn how to maintain SAP pace.

See the Undergraduate Yearly Progress Table.


See the “Holds” section in Growl to view your holds and learn who to contact to resolve them.

Learn more about clearing holds.












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