A highlight of financial aid opportunities and scholarships

A Highlight of Financial Aid and Scholarships

There are a number of different options to help you pay for your education. Below we've chosen to highlight a few special opportunities available to you and your family.

For a more detailed list of the financial aid and scholarships please visit the Office of Financial Aid website.

California Residents

Blue and Gold Program

Middle Class Scholarship

Out-of-State Residents

WUE

International Students

Global Grant

Applying for Financial Aid at UC Merced

For first year students and transfer students, applying for aid at UC Merced is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Remember, UC Merced's school code for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is 041271. Learn more about how to apply for financial aid here.

California Residents

UC Blue and Gold Program

Description:
UC's Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan will cover your educational and student services fees if you are a California resident whose family earns less than $80,000 a year and you qualify for financial aid.

Award:

Up to $12,000 a year.

Learn more and find out if you are eligible

Middle Class Scholarship

Description:
Starting in the 2014-15 academic year, the Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) program would apply to undergraduate students with family incomes up to $150,000 (who don't already qualify under the Blue and Gold Program) and who attend a University of California or California State University campus

Award:

  • Awards up to $1,700

Learn more and find out if you are eligible.

Out-of-State Residents

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

Description:
Through WUE, students in western states may enroll in participating two-year and four-year college institutions at a reduced tuition level: 150 percent of UC Merced's regular resident tuition. Students from all WICHE member states are eligible to request the WUE tuition discount.

WICHE member states are: Alaska; Arizona; Colorado; Hawaii; Idaho; Montana; Nevada; New Mexico; North Dakota; Oregon; South Dakota; Utah; Washington; Wyoming; and the Common Wealth of the Mariana Islands. WUE students pay substantially less than a traditional non-resident student and can save approximately $17,268 over the first year.

Award:

Save up to $17,268 of non-resident tuition.

Learn more and find out if you are eligible

International Students

Global Grant

Description:

Global Grants are available to qualified international undergraduate students in a UC Merced sponsored F-1 visa status. The grant is offered to offset a portion of UC non-resident tuition and fees for new and transfer international students.

Awards:

$5,000 grant towards non-resident tuition.

Eligibility:

  • International student on UC Merced Sponsored F-1 visa status.
  • International students Admitted for the fall 2014

Learn more and find out if you are eligible

Videos and Other Helpful Information

Blue and Gold Program

Paying for the University of California