The Nitty-Gritty of the UCR Financial Aid Program

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Everything You Need To Know About UCR Financial Aid

At the University of California, Riverside, 86% of undergraduate students receive financial aid. The in-state tuition and fees are $13,859, while out-of-state tuition and fees amount to $43,613.

If you want to attend this university but can’t afford to pay tens of thousands of dollars each year, applying for financial aid is the way to go.

In this article, DoNotPay will provide you with the essential information about applying for UCR financial aid. We can also help you appeal the UCR’s decision if it declines your application.

Getting Familiar With UCR Financial Aid Types

UC Riverside offers its students financial aid in the form of:

  1. Grants
  2. Scholarships
  3. Loans
  4. Work-Study
  5. AmeriCorps


To apply for grants—which don’t have to be repaid—you must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application. You can choose between the following grant programs:

  1. Federal Pell Grant
  2. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  3. Teach Grant
  4. Cal Grant
  5. The California Chafee Grant
  6. UCR Grant
  7. USHIP Fee Grant

To qualify for most grants, you must enroll at least half-time.


Scholarships are awarded for everything from academic achievement and leadership to art and athletics. If you are an incoming freshman, you are automatically considered for the following scholarships:

  1. Regents Scholarship ($10,000)
  2. Chancellor's Scholarship ($5,000)
  3. Non-Resident Achievement Scholarship (up to $4,500 per quarter)

Transfer students are automatically considered for:

  1. Regents Transfer Scholarship ($5,000)
  2. Non-Resident Achievement Scholarship (up to $4,500 per quarter)

Other scholarships you may apply for are:

  • UCR continuing student scholarships
  • Scholarships promoted by UCR colleges and departments
  • UCR Ethnic & Gender Programs Scholarships
  • Alumni Association scholarships
  • Chancellor’s Performance Awards
  • Outside scholarships


You can apply for the following types of loans:

  • Federal Loans
  • UCR Loans
  • The DREAM Loan Program
  • Private Loans
  • Emergency Loans

Keep in mind that you have to start paying back your loans roughly six months after you graduate. To find the best loan repayment strategy, use the Loan Simulator.


Work-Study programs enable you to earn money for your college costs. You can work part-time at nonprofit and community agencies on or off campus. Note that Federal Work-Study is based on financial need.


The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is an education award for individuals who complete the terms of national service in approved AmeriCorps programs.

How To Apply for UCR Financial Aid

The procedure of applying for financial aid is different for:

  1. Undergraduate students
  2. Graduate students
  3. Undocumented students

Refer to the table below to find what steps you need to take while applying for aid, depending on which group of students you belong to:

Undergraduate studentsGraduate StudentsUndocumented Students
  1. Apply for an FSA ID
  2. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  3. Check MyUCR for additional required financial aid documents you may need to submit by June (if you are a new student)
  4. Check R'Web if you are a continuing student
  5. Accept your financial aid award on R'Web
  1. Apply for an FSA ID
  2. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  3. Update your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool after you file your taxes
  1. Fill out the California Dream Act Application
  2. Sign the California Dream Act Application digitally
  3. Submit a GPA Verification form (to be able to qualify for Cal Grants)
  4. Fill out an affidavit if you do not have legal immigration status
  5. Check MyUCR if you are a new student or R'Web if you are a continuing student to check additional documents you may need to submit

The deadline for filling out your FAFSA application is every year between October 1 and March 2 if you’re an undergraduate or graduate student.

Undocumented students must fill out the California Dream Act Application every year between January 1 and March 2. When filling out your application, make sure you list UC Riverside as your school (school code: 001316).

How To Get in Touch With the UC Riverside Financial Aid Office

If you need help with your financial aid application, consider sending an email to UC Riverside Financial Aid Office at In most cases, you will get a response in about 5–10 days. Don’t forget to include your Student ID Number in your email.

What Happens if Your Financial Aid Application Gets Declined?

Three different scenarios may occur after you submit your financial aid application. You may:

  • Obtain the amount of aid you hoped for
  • Get a disappointing offer that doesn’t work for you
  • Get rejected

Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get what you hoped for—there’s still something you can do! File a financial aid appeal by taking the following steps:

  1. Log in to your R’Web account
  2. Click on the Financial Aid icon in the Authorized Applications window
  3. Click on the Award link
  4. Select the Resources/Additional Information tab
  5. Choose the appropriate type of appeal from the drop-down menu
  6. Submit your request

Once you’ve completed all the steps, a UCR financial aid advisor will send you an email containing the financial aid forms needed to process your request.

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It may be a good idea to keep your options open and learn about the financial aid packages offered by different colleges and grad schools. Read our comprehensive guides and find out the answer to the following questions:

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