Paying for College
To qualify for Federal, State, and most University funding, you must be a U.S. Citizen or an eligible non-citizen and you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). However, some financial aid is available for International students who are ineligible to submit a FAFSA:
- Global Grants are available to qualified international undergraduate students in 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. Please see the Global Grant brochure for more information.
- Throughout the year, a number of outside organizations contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships office to publicize their scholarship opportunities. To help our students access the many available scholarships, we maintain an Outside Agency Scholarship listserve to notify students of these opportunities. The selection criteria, application process, and deadlines for these external scholarships vary, so please review the listings and associated websites for more detailed information.
- For international students who need additional financial assistance, the University of California maintains information on Alternative/Private loan options. Please refer to the private international loan chart on the alternative loans page for additional information.