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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. 

  • 2016 Scholarships

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship:

The Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships is due Monday, January 18, 2016 at 12 noon EST. This is open to U.S. citizen or permanent resident undergraduate students.

Gilman Scholarship:

The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship application will open in mid-January and is due March 1, 2016. This is open to all Pell-eligible undergraduate students.

If you plan to apply for a Gilman Scholarship, you are strongly encouraged to attend a Writing Support workshop at the Academic Resource Center to prepare your personal statement and scholarship application. For more information, check the ARC web site or call 951-827-3721 to schedule an appointment.

Applicants for the Gilman Scholarship are normally announced in April.

All Pell-eligible students who submit a certified application for the Gilman Scholarship by March 1, 2016 will automatically be considered for the Undergraduate Education Scholarship (see below). For more information about the Gilman Scholarship, please contact Macy Ring at macy.ring@ucr.edu or (951) 827-6143.

Undergraduate Education Scholarship:

The Office of Undergraduate Education (UE) will provide scholarships exclusively for UCR students participating in UCR's Summer Study Abroad program. Awards range from $250-$2500, and are based on financial need (i.e., Pell-eligible status) and/or merit. All UE Scholarship applications are due TBD. 

Priority consideration for the UE Scholarship will be given to Pell-eligible students who submitted a Gilman Scholarship by March 1, 2016, and to all students who submitted the Summer Study Abroad application and $300 deposit by TBD. 

If you are a Pell-eligible student, your application for the Gilman Scholarship will automatically be considered for the UE Scholarship. Gilman Scholarship applications are due on March 1, 2016; please see instructions above. 

If you are a Pell-eligible student and did not apply for the Gilman Scholarship by March 1, 2016, you are still able to apply for the UE Scholarship online.

If you are a non-Pell-eligible student, you must apply for the UE Scholarship online

For more information about the UE Scholarship, please contact Christine Victorino by email or phone (951-827-2617).

Please take time now to consider the essay prompts for these scholarship applications:

  • Statement of Purpose essay:

    Please compose an essay (no more than 7,000 characters) addressing the following questions:

    • Why do you wish to study abroad and what factors led you to this decision? What do you hope to gain from and what do you anticipate will be the impact of your experience abroad? What impact will your choice of country have on my experience abroad? What factors led to my choice of country of study?
    • Describe your study abroad program. What factors led you to select this program and length of study?
    • How will this study or intern abroad program and the coursework you take abroad impact your academic and future professional goals?
    • Are there any distinctive components to this program, beyond coursework, that will impact your overall learning experience abroad?
    • What challenges, if any, did you face in your decision to study or intern abroad? How did you meet these challenges and what impact do you foresee them having on your experience abroad? These could include, but are not limited to, being a parent, being a non-traditional student, having a learning or physical disability, being in a field of study for which it is difficult to incorporate study abroad, etc.
  • Service and Sharing Proposal:

    Please compose an essay (no more than 7,000 characters) addressing the following questions:

    • Propose a project to share your study abroad experience with the community upon your return. Briefly describe how you will creatively promote international education. How will your project impact your home university or home community? What are your project goals?
    • What is your target population and how will your project impact this group?
    • How will you integrate the impact of your experiences abroad into your project?
    • What, if any, campus departments, student organizations, and/or community organizations will you collaborate with in promoting international education? Have you already made contact with these groups?
    • Upon completion of your project you will be required to submit a two-page final report summarizing your experience abroad and the impact of your project.
Undergraduate Research Mini-Grants:

UCR students whose study abroad program fits into a larger undergraduate research project can apply for an Undergraduate Research Mini-Grant for the summer quarter. Awards can be up to $1000 (see www.ugr.ucr.edu for more details).

  • 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 2015 in order to be eligible for summer funding.
    • Contact Kelly Mitchell 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 2014-2015 AND 2015-2016 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

Beginning on December 16, you may submit an online application and secure your spot with a $300 non-refundable deposit. This amount is credited to your program fee balance, and is required to process your application. If you are a financial aid student and expect to have grants and loans cover part or all of the program fee, you must still come up with the $300 non-refundable deposit immediately. Here are the steps for correctly making this deposit: 

1.  Go to the UCR Cashier's Office with a form of certified payment. The only options are: cash, bank (certified) check, money order, or bill-pay check from your bank. You may mail a money order, bank (certified) check, or bill-pay check to the address below.

2.  Make money orders and bank checks out to "Regents UC."

3.  Add your UCR SID number to your money orders or bank checks. The memo line should read "[SID] Summer Study Abroad." If you are paying with cash, you will be asked to give your UCR SID number. 

4.  You MUST request this deposit go into a “D” account for a Summer Study Abroad Program (whether in person or in the memo line of your check). This is very important to ensure that your deposit is credited toward your program fee! 

5.  Please note that this deposit will not appear on your GROWL account until it is credited to your balance in late May. At that point, if you have any other outstanding charges, the deposit will go toward meeting those obligations first. Keep a copy of your receipt for your records.

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 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. 

We also have 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.

Space is limited for all programs - only applications with corresponding $300 application fee will be reviewed and considered for remaining spots in program on a "first come, first served" basis.

Cancellations must be received in writing on or prior to deadline to receive a refund, less the $300 application fee.

  • Payment Instructions for non-UCR Students

Beginning on December 16, you may submit an online application and secure your spot with a $300 non-refundable deposit. This amount is credited to your program fee balance, and is required to process your application. Here are the steps for correctly making this deposit: 

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

2.  Mail a bank (certified) check, money order, or bill-pay check to the UCR Cashier's Office (see address below). You may also deliver it in person. No personal checks will be accepted.

3.  Make money orders and bank checks out to "Regents UC." 

4.  Add your UCR SID number to your money orders, or bank checks. The memo line should read "[SID] Summer Study Abroad." If you are paying with cash, you will be asked to give your UCR SID number.

5.  You MUST request this deposit go into a “D” account for a Summer Study Abroad Program (whether in person or in the memo line of your check). This is very important to ensure that your deposit is credited toward your program fee!

Visiting students will need to work with their home campus Financial Aid Office to request financial assistance for the program. 

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  

Location:                             
Campus Map

* 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.  Postmarks are not considered.

We also have 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.

Space is limited for all programs - only applications with corresponding $300 application fee will be reviewed and considered for remaining spots in program on a "first come, first served" basis.

Cancellations must be received in writing on or prior to deadline to receive a refund, less the $300 application fee.


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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