Submitting a Scholarship Check

If your scholarship organization sends the scholarship check directly to you, it is your responsibility to notify the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (OFAS) at UC Merced that you have received these funds. To ensure proper application to your financial aid account, follow the instructions below.

If the check is made payable to:

  • UC Regents — Take or mail the check to the OFAS (see address below) along with any accompanying information.
  • You and the university — endorse (sign) the back of the check and take or mail it to the Cashier's Office (see address below) with a copy of the letter you received.
  • You only — Disclose this scholarship to the OFAS via the Outside Resources link under Accept or Decline Aid in your portal.

What Happens to My Scholarship Check?

Once the OFAS receives your scholarship check, it will be incorporated into your financial aid package within two weeks and an email will be sent to your UC Merced email address detailing the adjustments. If the check is made payable to UC Regents or is co-payable to you and UC Regents and you have endorsed the check, the scholarship will disburse to your UC Merced student account just like any other form of financial aid (only after all requirements are satisfied, only if you are enrolled, no earlier than 10 days prior to the start of instruction, etc.) and will be split half in fall and half in spring, unless otherwise specified by the donor.

Whenever possible, scholarships are used to offset unmet need and/or reduce loan or work-study eligibility first. Grants and scholarships are only reduced when necessary based on federal, state or institutional packaging policies.

Information for Donors

Please send scholarship checks made payable to UC Regents to:

University of California, Merced
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
5200 N. Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343