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Finance Your Education

Finance your education

UCR Financial Aid is dedicated to assisting UCR students and happy to assist you with financing your education. Your process will begin with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). After applying for the FAFSA, the Financial Aid office will determine your financial eligibility by computing the difference between the established UCR expenses for the academic year and your "expected family contribution" (EFC), which is determined upon completion of the FAFSA. Your EFC is the number used in determining your eligibility to receive financial aid funds.

Once your financial need has been determined, UCR will offer you a financial aid award package which may contain grant, loan, work-study or scholarship funds. For many of the Guardian Scholars, the Chafee Grant may also be included (see below).

For more information, we encourage you to visit UCR Financial Aid.

Financial Aid


To be considered for financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. Be sure to submit your FAFSA by March 2 in order to be considered for the maximum aid available.

Loan Counseling

Loan Counseling

Think before you borrow and do not borrow more than you need. Carefully monitor the total amount you borrow and the repayment requirements that you will have when you finish your education. Deferment and repayment option information is available at the Student Business Services loan counseling page as well as the U.S. Department of Education's Direct Loan website.



There are many scholarships that support university studies generally, and several that are specifically designed to support former foster youth.
Foster Care to Success
Foster a Dream
UCR Foundation Scholarships
Inspiring Hope Riverside

County Specific Scholarships

LA County

Alameda, Contra Costa, Merced, NAPA, Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, or Yolo Counties
Fostering Futures 

San Diego County
Promise2Kids Foundation
San Diego Foundation 

Orange County
Orangewood Foundation

Chafee Grant

Chafee Grant

If you are or were in foster care and have financial need, you may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for college. To apply you must complete a FAFSA and a California Chafee Grant Program online application.

Money Management

Money Management

Be smart about managing your money; avoid credit cards, make a budget and stick to it, and spend your money wisely. Tips for effectively managing your money are available on the College Board's Making the Most of Your Money tip sheet and the U.S. Department of Education's website.



iFoster provides life-changing resources to former foster youth nationwide. iFoster supports opportunity and success for foster youth scholars. To learn more, visit

Emergency Loans

Emergency Loans

Interest-free emergency loans of up to $500 are available through UCR Financial Aid for registered students on a first-come, first-served basis. You may borrow no more than three times per academic year. A student photo ID is required and current quarter fees must be paid. Repayment is due within 30 days or by the end of the quarter (whichever comes first). For more information, contact UCR Financial Aid.