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FAQ

How do I avoid being dropped from my classes?

Here are your options:

Make a Payment

  • Online: connect.ucmerced.edu, click MyMerced, then the myBill link, then select "Make a Payment." Pay with electronic check (using bank account information) or credit card
  • In Person: Pay with cash or check at the Campus Cashiering walk-up window in the Kolligian Library lobby 

Enroll in the Deferred Payment Plan (DPP) and Pay the First Installment

  • If your account balance exceeds $500, enroll in DPP via MyBill. As part of the enrollment process, you will be required to pay the first DPP installment (25% of the overall balance) plus the $40 DPP participation fee. Prior term balance must be paid in full to be eligible for enrollment. See Deferred Payment Plan and Fee Deadlines for more information

Check the Status of Your Financial Aid

  • If your authorized aid is less than expected, review your checklist to ensure you have completed all Financial Aid requirements. Contact the Students First Center for assistance only after reviewing your checklist and completing any outstanding items 
When will my spring financial aid authorize on my student bill?

Financial aid for next semester will start disbursing no earlier than 10 days prior to the first day of instruction. Please refer to Disbursement of Financial Aid for more details.

The amount I was awarded is not enough to cover my expenses. Is there any additional aid I can receive?

All students are automatically awarded the maximum amount of financial aid based on their eligibility, which almost always includes some loans. If you have not already, you may log into your UC Merced Portal to review and accept the loans that have been offered to you in your name. We encourage you to make the most thoughtful, informed decisions when determining which loan is best for you. Check out the following resources:

Most students need to accept at least a portion of offered loans to help with educational exepnses. If you have already accepted your loans and still have an outstanding balance, consider utilizing the Deferred Payment Plan offered through Student Business Services.

How will my financial aid change if I move on or off campus?

Your Cost of Attendance (COA) is based on your living situation (On-Campus, Off-Campus, or At Home). Since financial aid is awarded up to the COA, when your living situation changes your financial aid will be adjusted to meet your new COA.

Who is my parent when I fill out my FAFSA?

Click here to watch an FATV video about it! 
 

Do I have to include my parent(s) on my financial aid application if I support myself or file my own taxes?

It depends on how you answer the Dependency Questions on your application. Check out the two FATV videos below for more information. 

What will happen to my financial aid if I withdraw before the semester ends?

Federal regulation mandates that students who withdraw from all classes may only keep the financial aid they have "earned" up to the time of withdrawal. Title IV funds in excess of the earned amount must be returned, which could result in your owing money back to UC Merced. You can read more about that process here. Withdrawing may have other impacts too, like on loan repayment and Satisfactory Academic Progress. We highly encourage any student considering withdrawing to contact us to discuss how leaving UC Merced may impact your grant aid, loan repayment, and eligibility for future financial aid.

I’m applying for graduate school fee waivers based on my qualifying for need based aid at UC Merced. How do I obtain a financial aid letter documenting my financial need?

You may download the Graduate Application Fee Waiver Request form from our website. Please print out and submit your fully completed form to our office for processing. Your letter will be available 5-7 business days after your completed form is received by our office.

My family’s income from 2019 does not reflect our current income, can your office consider me for additional financial aid?

If the income you reported using 2019 income tax information does not reflect your family’s current situation, you may be eligible to submit a Special Circumstance Appeal with our office. Special circumstances include loss of employment, other loss of income, disability or retirement, among others. This appeal will help our office re-evaluate your financial aid award package. Submitting all required documents for an appeal does not guarantee that financial aid awards will change. Please visit this page to learn more about the process.

We highly encourage you to speak with a financial aid advisor before starting the appeal process. You can contact our office by calling 209-228-7178.