UCI’s Financial Aid Program From A to Z
It’s no wonder that students consider the University of California-Irvine (UCI) the best-value option among public universities when:
- 72% of students receive grants and scholarships
- 57% of students don’t pay tuition
For not-so-fortunate students, though, a year at UCI means spending between $13,000 and $43,500 annually on tuition. Are you applying for UCI next semester and need financial aid? Have you already applied, but the amount of support the University offers is not enough, or you got rejected? This guide covers everything from how to apply for UCI’s financial aid program to how to !
To get started, check out all types of financial aid the University of California-Irvine offers:
UCI offers the following scholarships:
- Community Leadership Scholarships
- Innovation Scholarships
- Academic Excellence Scholarships
- Anteater Scholarships
- UCI Distinguished Scholarships
UCI accepts federal and private student loans, and you can contact the UCI financial aid office if you need advice.
Grants are usually a go-to choice for students because, in most cases, they don’t have to repay them. Applying to UCI means you’re eligible for:
- Federal government grants
- State grants
- School-specific grants
Federal government grants include:
|Grant Name||The Grant Is For||Aid Amount||More Details|
|Federal Pell Grant||
||Up to $6,495||
|Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)||Undergraduate students with exceptional financial need and without a degree||Up to $4,000 a year||This grant prioritizes Pell Grant recipients and depends on your school’s available funds|
|Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant||Students enrolled in programs that prepare them to teach on an elementary- or middle-school level||Up to $3,772||Students agree to spend four years teaching in a school that enrolls low-income students, and they must do so within eight years of completing their program|
|Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant||For students whose parent or guardian died serving the U.S. military in Iraq or Afghanistan after 9/11||Up to $6,124.79||Students must:
The State of California offers the following grants:
|Grant Name||The Grant Is For||Aid Amount|
|Cal Grant||Depending on the award category:
||From $4,000 to $6,000|
|Chafee Grant for Youth||Students that are 16–18 years old and spent at least one day in foster care||$5,000|
|Middle Class Scholarship||Students and undergraduates pursuing a career in teaching with a total annual family income of up to $184,000||Up to $184,000 per scholarship|
|California Military Department GI Bill Award Program||Members of the:
||Up to 100% of tuition and fees|
|Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grant Program||Spouses and dependents of employees who died or became disabled while serving:
|John R. Justice (JRJ) Program||Nonelected prosecutors and public defenders||Up to $10,000 per year but not more than $60,000 in total|
|Golden State Teacher Grant Program||Students currently enrolled in a teacher preparation program who agree to commit four years to teaching within five years of program completion||Up to $20,000|
UCI offers grants to students for a maximum of five years, and the amount varies depending on the specific case. You do not have to repay a UCI grant under any circumstances.
While you usually don’t have to repay grants, you may have to if you:
- Quit school before you finish the enrollment period
- Receive a TEACH grant and breach the Agreement to Serve
- Change your enrollment status in some way that influences your need for financial support—for example, going from full-time enrollment to part-time
- Receive other scholarships and grants that lessen your need for financial aid
To apply for financial aid, you need to complete a FAFSA form. The form contains information regarding your family income, marital status, and more and serves as criteria to determine whether you need financial aid and how much.
The financial aid application deadline at UCI is March 2.
Check out our guide to see who qualifies for financial aid.
Did UCI Reject You or Reply to Your Application With a Low Offer? Write a Financial Appeal Letter With DoNotPay!
If you feel like UCI’s response wasn’t adequate, you can complain and negotiate to try and get more financial aid by writing a financial aid appeal letter. We can help you generate one in two minutes! To get started:
- in any web browser
- Type in Appeal for More Financial Aid in the search bar
- Answer a few questions about your financial aid application, such as the college you’re planning to attend, your financial situation, and any difficulties you’re experiencing
- Submit your request
We will generate a custom appeal letter that we can mail to UCI directly or send the letter to you via email to print out and submit yourself.
Learn more about how financial aid works with our guides on:
- How to get financial aid for graduate schools
- What financial aid appeals are
- What financial aid is
- How long you can receive financial aid for
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