University of California, Riverside

UCR Study Abroad -- Finances




UCR Summer Study Abroad Finances


UCR Summer Study Abroad can be an exciting, affordable option! We invite you to explore the options for scholarships, as well as ideas for fundraising. We want to work with you to find the best options for your academic track and your budget. 

  • 2017 Scholarships

International Affairs Education Abroad Summer Program Scholarship Fund

A merit-based scholarship opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students from the University of California, Riverside campus enrolled in a faculty-led, summer program. Individual scholarships up to $1,000 will be awarded to students enrolled in one of the 2017 Summer Education Abroad Programs. For more information and to apply, click here.

For other scholarship opportunities, please visit www.ea.ucr.edu/finances/scholarships.

  • Financial Aid

UC Riverside Students:

There is a special financial aid exception for this program so that eligible financial aid is available to you even with only 8 units!

Timelines for study abroad are such that your financial aid package may not be finalized until late in the process, so it is important to stay on top of things.  You should:

    • Submit the FAFSA by March 1st
    • Complete your financial aid file by May 1st
    • Understand that Financial Aid consists of grant, scholarship and loan(s)
    • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as of the end of the spring quarter 2016 in order to be eligible for summer funding.
    • Contact Annie Li in the Financial Aid Office directly if you have Summer Study Abroad related financial aid questions.

Do not assume that your financial aid package will be the same as for the regular academic year.  While you may be eligible for financial aid, summer aid is likely to include a higher portion of student and/or parent loans.

Any Pell Grant and/or federal student loan(s) received during the summer may reduce the amount of Pell Grant and/or federal student loan(s) available to you during the regular academic year.

Graduating seniors enrolled in less than a full academic year (three terms) will have their federal student loan eligibility prorated based on the actual number of units for which they will be enrolled during their one or two terms of attendance.

Summer aid will be disbursed as usual. All awards are applied against your Growl account balance and any excess financial aid is refunded through your UCR student account (students should be signed up for Direct Deposit!).

Financial aid refunds will not be released any earlier than 10 days prior to the start date of the program so students should make their own arrangements to pre-pay travel expenses.

Non-UC Riverside Students:

Other UC campus applicants will need to request financial assistance from their home campus. These students must adhere to the payment deadlines by paying UC Riverside directly and receiving reimbursement from their home campus Financial Aid Office.

If you are not a student in the University of California system, you are still welcome to apply to the UCR Summer Study Abroad program. You should check with the financial aid office in your home campus to ask if you are eligible for financial assistance for this academic program.

  • Fundraising

  • Try the crowd-funding site for study abroad: www.fundmytravel.com. Create a profile describing your goals and program. Send it around via email and social media. You can offer donors personalized postcards or speaking engagements when you return.
  • Send persuasive letters out to networks of family, friends of parents, former teachers, community groups, etc., explaining the value of the experience and asking for donations of money or airline miles. Ask us for sample letters, if you are interested!
  • Ask local service clubs (Rotary, Kiwanis, etc.) if you could speak to the group to request funding. Explain the opportunity and what you hope to accomplish.
  • Other students have sold brownies, looked for additional seasonal work opportunities, or signed up for participation in research studies.
  • Plan ahead and Save

Any of these funding opportunities will be limited if you wait until the last minute.  Now is a perfect time to start planning!

  • You can use Financial Aid awards from 2016-2017 AND 2017-2018 to help pay expenses from your program. For example, if you denied part of your student loans this year, you can go back and accept them now to use for program deposits.
  • If there are birthdays and/or holidays coming up, let your friends and family know that the gift you really want is money toward your study abroad experience!
  • Look for opportunities to put little bits of money aside. Give up two cups of coffee per week to put into your travel fund. Bring your lunch instead of buying it.
  • Request transcripts, passports, health checks, etc. well ahead of time. It is always more expensive to rush these items.
  • Use the STA Travel Program:
    • Exclusively available to UC study abroad students who receive financial aid
    • Book your airfare with a $300 nonrefundable deposit (full payment due 7 days before departure)
    • This deal is not available online—you have to email uceap@statravel.com or call 800-732-7640
    • Check out their website (www.statravel.com) and sign up to receive alerts about special rates!
  • Payment Instructions for UCR Students

Students are encouraged to submit an online application for their desired program and to secure their spot with a $300 non-refundable deposit as soon as the decision is made to participate in a UCR Summer Study Abroad program. Each program has a limited number of spaces available, ranging from a minimum of 15 to a maximum of 25 students. The non-refundable deposit ($300) is credited to your program fee balance and is required to process your application and reserve a spot in the program based on a “first come, first served” basis. If you are a financial aid student and expect to have grants and loans cover part or all of the program fee, you are still required to submit the $300 non-refundable deposit. You may pay your non-refundable deposit with CASH, CHECK, or MONEY ORDER at the UCR Cashier's Office (no credit cards). 

Please follow the steps to submit your $300 non-refundable deposit: 

1.  Paying with CASH

  • DO NOT MAIL CASH*
  • Go to the UCR Cashier’s Office during the office hours posted below.
  • Be prepared to give them your UCR Student Identification Number (SID).
  • Inform the Cashier that the deposit is for a “UCR Summer Study Abroad Program.”

 2. Paying with a CHECK

  • The CHECK must have a bank logo and corresponding address, the bank’s ABA routing number, and your account number.
  • The check must be payable to “UC Regents.”
  • Please include your UCR Student Identification Number (SID) on the check on the MEMO line followed by “Summer Study Abroad Deposit.”            

3.  Paying with MONEY ORDER            

  • The MONEY ORDER must be on a bank certified check with a bank logo and corresponding address.
  • The check must be payable to “UC Regents.”
  • Please include your UCR Student Identification Number (SID) on the money order followed by “Summer Study Abroad Deposit.” 

-       Credit cards and personal check are NOT accepted for deposits.

-       If you are a Financial Aid recipient, you need to submit a $300 non-refundable deposit as outlined above.

-       ALWAYS keep a copy of your receipt for your records.

Please note that the non-refundable deposit will not appear on your account until you have gone through the approval process and have been enrolled in the program. Once you are notified that you have been enrolled in your desired program, we will inform you of a payment schedule for your program. If the program is cancelled by International Affairs or you are not accepted by the faculty into the program, your deposit will be refunded. If you cancel your application for any other reasons, your $300 non-refundable deposit will not be refunded to you unless you have an exceptional, verifiable reason for doing so. All other payments made toward your program will be refunded to you if the Education Abroad office receives written request from you to cancel within the deadline posted for your program’s summer session. You may send a cancellation request via e-mail to educationabroad@ucr.edu or to the Education Abroad Office by mail or drop off a letter with UCR Education Abroad Office at 900 University Avenue, 321 Surge, Riverside, CA 92521.

Main Cashiers Office Information:


Mailing Address:          
UCR Main Cashiers Office                                
900 University Avenue
Student Services Building, Room 1111
Riverside, CA 92521 

Telephone Numbers:       
(951) 827-3208
Fax (951) 827-7976

Email:                                   
sbsofc@ucr.edu                                                  

Office Hours:                       
Monday thru Friday:  9:00AM - 12:00PM & 1:00PM - 3:00 PM  

The Cashiers Office has a ‘check only’ drop box, which is located on the East side of the Student Services Building and is marked as the Main Cashiers Drop Box. Payments deposited in the Cashier's drop box after 4:00PM will be posted the next business day.

*The University cannot accept responsibility for cash payments sent through the mail. Bank checks and money orders need to be made out to "Regents UC". Please note your campus ID on all bank checks and money orders.

  • Payment Instructions for non-UCR Students

Students are encouraged to submit an online application for their desired program and to secure their spot with a $300 non-refundable deposit as soon as the decision is made to participate in a UCR Summer Study Abroad program. Each program has a limited number of spaces available, ranging from a minimum of 15 to a maximum of 25 students. The non-refundable deposit ($300) is credited to your program fee balance and is required to process your application and reserve a spot in the program based on a “first come, first served” basis. If you are a financial aid student and expect to have grants and loans cover part or all of the program fee, you are still required to submit the $300 non-refundable deposit. You may pay your non-refundable deposit with CASH, CHECK, or MONEY ORDER at the UCR Cashier's Office (no credit cards). 

Please follow the steps to submit your $300 non-refundable deposit: 

1. Email educationabroad@ucr.edu to request a UCR Student ID number to identify yourself in the UCR student information system. 

2. Paying with CASH

  • DO NOT MAIL CASH*
  • Go to the UCR Cashier’s Office during the office hours posted below.
  • Be prepared to give them your UCR Student Identification Number (SID).
  • Inform the Cashier that the deposit is for a “UCR Summer Study Abroad Program.”

3. Paying with a CHECK

  • The CHECK must have a bank logo and corresponding address, the bank’s ABA routing number, and your account number.
  • The check must be payable to “UC Regents.”
  • Please include your UCR Student Identification Number (SID) on the check on the MEMO line followed by “Summer Study Abroad Deposit.”            

4. Paying with MONEY ORDER            

  • The MONEY ORDER must be on a bank certified check with a bank logo and corresponding address.
  • The check must be payable to “UC Regents.”
  • Please include your UCR Student Identification Number (SID) on the money order followed by “Summer Study Abroad Deposit.” 

-       Credit cards and personal checks are NOT accepted for deposits.

-       If you are a Financial Aid recipient, you need to submit a $300 non-refundable deposit as outlined above.

-       ALWAYS keep a copy of your receipt for your records.

Please note that the non-refundable deposit will not appear on your account until you have gone through the approval process and have been enrolled in the program. Once you are notified that you have been enrolled in your desired program, we will inform you of a payment schedule for your program. If the program is cancelled by International Affairs or you are not accepted by the faculty into the program, your deposit will be refunded. If you cancel your application for any other reasons, your $300 non-refundable deposit will not be refunded to you unless you have an exceptional, verifiable reason for doing so. All other payments made toward your program will be refunded to you if the Education Abroad office receives written request from you to cancel within the deadline posted for your program’s summer session. You may send a cancellation request via e-mail to educationabroad@ucr.edu or to the Education Abroad Office by mail or drop off a letter with UCR Education Abroad Office at 900 University Avenue, 321 Surge, Riverside, CA 92521.

Main Cashiers Office Information:


Mailing Address:          
UCR Main Cashiers Office                                
900 University Avenue
Student Services Building, Room 1111
Riverside, CA 92521 

Telephone Numbers:       
(951) 827-3208
Fax (951) 827-7976

Email:                                   
sbsofc@ucr.edu                                                  

Office Hours:                       
Monday thru Friday:  9:00AM - 12:00PM & 1:00PM - 3:00 PM  

The Cashiers Office has a ‘check only’ drop box, which is located on the East side of the Student Services Building and is marked as the Main Cashiers Drop Box. Payments deposited in the Cashier's drop box after 4:00PM will be posted the next business day.

*The University cannot accept responsibility for cash payments sent through the mail. Bank checks and money orders need to be made out to "Regents UC". Please note your campus ID on all bank checks and money orders.


More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

Education Abroad
0321 Surge Building

Tel: (951) 827-4113
E-mail: educationabroad@ucr.edu

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