Types of Aid - Scholarships

Nine Ways to Get a Scholarship

Pay for school with scholarships and graduate with less debt. You can earn scholarships for everything from academic achievement and leadership, to athletics and art. Start researching.

If you are an incoming freshmen, you are automatically considered for these scholarships when you submit your UCR application:

  • Regents’ Scholarship ($10,000 renewable for up to four years)*
  • Chancellor's Scholarship ($5,000)*
  • Highlander Excellence Scholarship ($2,000)*
  • UCR Achievement (for out-of-state students) ($8,000)*

If you are selected, you will be notified when you receive your admission notification via MyUCR.

*Award amounts may vary.


Visit and see UCR Foundation scholarships available for every type of student (freshmen, transfers, continuing, graduate, etc.).



Apply for UCR continuing student scholarships every December. Applications are due March 2nd.

Committees make selections beginning summer quarter through December. Scholarship recipients will be awarded and notified after the beginning of the upcoming academic year. 

Award amounts vary. Qualifications vary per scholarship. Students must meet satisfactory academic progress requirements to qualify.

Need-based awards are subject to compliance with UCR priority aid application deadlines.

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You can apply for several merit-based UCR Alumni Association scholarships for all types of students (freshmen, re-entry, transfer, etc.). Awards range from $800 to $4000.

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The Chancellor’s Performance Awards are scholarships of up to $4500 for those majoring in dance, art, music or creative writing. Each department has its own requirements, so you should contact them directly for details. Chancellor’s Performance Award for Dance Chancellor’s Performance Award for Art Chancellor’s Performance Award for Music Chancellor’s Performance Award for Creative Writing.
Check our outside agency scholarship search site frequently. Scholarship opportunities sent to UCR from outside agencies are added on a regular basis.




Scholarship Spotlight

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

  • Entering, transferring, continuing undergraduate students 
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher
  • Resident of Riverside Countyor San Bernardino County
  • Interest to work in the Inland Empire using skills and resources to give back and help the community
  • Preference: fluent in Spanish

Operation Education Scholarship

  • Be honorably-separated U.S. military veteran
  • Have sustained a service-connected injury since 9/11/2001 that resulted in a physical disability.
  • Be an admitted degree-seeking, UCR student
  • Enroll as a full-time student
  • Deadline: May 15, 2018

Earning Scholarships May Impact Aid 

Outside scholarships may impact other resources in your total financial aid award.  All resources intended to cover educational costs must be coordinated due to financial aid regulations. If a reduction of other aid must occur, loans or  Federal Work-Study will be decreased first whenever possible.

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