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Financial Aid

$21,868 is the average annual gift aid offered to eligible UC Merced students*

We encourage all students to apply for financial aid and scholarships even if they don't think they will be eligible.

Learn more about affording UC Merced.

*2022-23 academic year

Financial aid at UC Merced

By the Numbers

Badge Best College
Recognized as #1 public university in the nation
for percentage of students who received need-based scholarship or grant aid.
- U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings, 2021

of UC Merced students
received financial aid in 2022-23

GPA: 3.26 - 3.95*
Admitted First Year Students

3.11 - 3.69 Transfer Students*
*Fall 2021

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Alumni Highlights

Jessica Rivas

Hometown: North Hollywood, Calif.
Year Graduated: 2015
Degree: B.A., Cognitive Science, with a minor in Anthropology
Where You Work: Yosemite National Park

Shavone Charles

Hometown: San Diego
Year Graduated: 2012
Degree: B.A., Literature
Where You Work: Instagram
Hieu Do

Hieu Do

Hometown: Westminster, Calif.
Year Graduated: 2015
Degree: B.S., Management and Business Economics with a minor in Psychology
Where You Work: Apple

Jherson Fuentes

Hometown: Santa Ana, Calif.
Year Graduated: 2017
Degree: B.S., Management and Business Economics
Where You Work: Vanguard

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Together, Enrollment Management staff foster an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the diverse backgrounds and voices of our campus and community. Our commitment guides our transformative service, advances our mission, and connects us closer to our students and each other.