Our office is operating remotely and available to assist you via finaid@ucr.edu. Please note that our phone lines are currently closed and that we are working through the emails we have received as quickly as possible.  You may expect to receive a response between 5-10 business days.  Please be sure to include your Student ID Number in your email. More on Campus Return and COVID-19. Learn more about CARES Act grants.


UC Riverside Financial Aid

Frequently Asked Questions Related to Financial Aid and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

UCR is enacting new policies and practices based on the concept of social distancing. The goal is to decrease the number of situations that require community members to gather in large groups and to minimize the time spent in close proximity with others. We understand that your financial aid funding remains critically important at this time and we appreciate your patience and cooperation as we all work together to proactively take steps to protect our community.


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. 

Save Time - Update FAFSA

FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool Tutorial

If you and/or parents filed taxes in 2017 but did not yet use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT), please do so immediately to avoid delays in receiving a financial aid offer. Watch a tutorial video explaining how to use the DRT.



Get the Latest Updates from Our Office

  • File Your Financial Aid Application 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. 

  • 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA

    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, 2020, in order to be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid to attend UCR in the 2020-21 school year!

  • Summer Aid Application

    The Summer Aid Application will open mid March.  When open, apply here. Requests for Summer Financial Aid for the 2020-2021 academic year will close on May 1, 2020.

  • Loan Exiting Steps for Seniors
  • Finish in Four Campaign
  • Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan

    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.).

Federal School Code: 001316


Summer Sessions - June 22,200 - August 29, 2020



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Significant Loss of Income 

If your family has experienced a significant loss of income, we can help. Learn more and contact us.

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We offer classroom presentations, workshops and hands-on support. Let us show your group how to apply for financial aid, maintain it, and learn general financial literacy.

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