Scholarship Information

Scholarships are gift funds that are awarded on the basis of merit, academic achievement, special talents, interests, or qualities, or other criteria defined by the sponsoring organization or donor. Some scholarships are also awarded on the basis of need.

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (OFAS) administers a variety of scholarships that recognize superior academic achievement, leadership qualities and potential to contribute to the scholarly community of the university. Scholarships are awarded to students based on academic merit; special talents, interest, or qualities; financial need; or other criteria defined by the sponsoring organizations or donors. Please note that to be considered for scholarships that are awarded to students with financial need, you must also apply for financial aid by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Student Population

New and Prospective Students

New and prospective undergraduates are automatically considered for all institutional scholarships upon admission to UC Merced and completing the FASFA by March 2.

Current Undergraduates

Complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application, which is available Feb. 1 until March 2, if you meet the GPA requirements to be considered for a scholarship (3.0 cum GPA as of the end of Fall semester or 3.25 admit GPA for new Spring students). For more information about applying and application workshops, visit

Transfer Students

A limited number of university scholarships are offered specifically to students transferring to UC Merced.

Graduate Students

The OFAS administers only a few grants, fellowships and scholarships programs for graduate students. The primary source of information about such programs is the Graduate Division. Deadlines for graduate awards vary. Because many deadlines occur early in the academic year, it is important to obtain information and application materials as early as possible from the Graduate Division. 

Types of Scholarships

Institutional Scholarships

To learn more about the types of scholarships that are available to UC Merced undergraduate students, visit the Types of Institutional Scholarships page.

Outside Scholarships

To learn more about the types of outside scholarships that are available to UC Merced students, visit the Outside Scholarships Resources page.

Outside Scholarship Listings

Incoming and continuing UCM students are encouraged to check frequently for additional scholarship opportunities sent to UCM from outside agencies.  Application and program details can be found by going to Outside Agency Scholarship Listings

Special Populations

Scholarships for Study Abroad Students

Information on funding for studying aboard is available from:

For information about how to apply for financial aid for study abroad, see the students Studying Abroad page. 

Foster Youth Resources

The Guardian Scholars Program provides a network of support services for foster youth at UC Merced, including information about scholarship opportunities. 

Undocumented Student Resources

Undocumented students, whether AB 540 eligible or not, should research and apply for private scholarships. There are scholarships available for undocumented students through private organizations. For more information, see the Services for Undocumented Students and Special Populations page.