New and Prospective Undergraduates

We encourage all students to apply for financial aid and scholarships even if they don't think they will be eligible. Financial aid is intended to remove financial barriers for families who cannot afford the cost of an education beyond high school and to fill in the gap for families who can afford only part of the cost. Although most grant awards are based on financial need, some loans and scholarships are available regardless of need.

How to Apply: Overview

For entering freshman 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) and California Dream Act Application is 041271.

Fall Applicants

  1. Complete and submit the University of California Application of Admissions and Scholarships by Nov. 30.
  2. Complete and submit the FAFSA or you must qualify under the California Dream Act of 2011 and complete a California Dream Act application, and a Cal Grant GPA Verification form by March 2. If you miss the March 2 deadline, submit your FAFSA as soon as possible. Students will be considered for federal grants and loans at all times.
  3. Complete and return any additional documents requested by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships by June 1.

Spring Applicants

  1. Complete and submit the University of California Application of Admissions and Scholarships by July 31 prior to the spring term.
  2. Complete and submit the FAFSA or you must qualify under the California Dream Act of 2011 and complete a California Dream Act application, and a Cal Grant GPA Verification form by March 2 of the year prior to the semester for which you are applying. If you miss the March 2 deadline, submit your FAFSA as soon as possible. Students will be considered for federal grants and loans at all times.
  3. Complete and return any additional documents requested by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships by Dec. 1 prior to the spring term.