Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial Aid Eligibility

UC Education Abroad Program, UC Summer Abroad, and International Opportunities Programs study abroad options have different concerns that affect financial aid eligibility.

UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)

For summer options students must submit an application for summer financial aid online (may be offline if the application is not live and ready).

The Office of International Affairs will automatically notify the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships of your UCEAP participation.

UC Merced students are eligible for financial aid while on EAP for the semester or year, but must choose a semester option (not quarter) during the school year. For summer programs students are required to enrolled in at least 9.0 quarter units (equivalent to 6.0 semester units).

UC Summer Abroad (UCSA)

Students must submit an application for summer financial aid online (may be offline if the application is not live and ready).

Students must enroll in a minimum of 6.0 semester units or 9.0 quarter units to be eligible for financial aid. Most UC campuses are on the quarter system and many programs offer only 8.0 quarter units by default. If the program offers fewer than 6.0 semester units or 9.0 quarter units, these are the most common solutions to make students eligible for summer aid in order or how frequently the option is used:

  1. Most programs tend to offer an option to add additional units in independent study with a professor(s) teaching the main course(s). Students would need to contact either the UC Summer Abroad office on the campus administering the program or the professor(s) teaching the main course(s). This may increase the program cost.
  2. Students may take additional courses at UC Merced prior to the program abroad or after its conclusion to bring their summer unit total to the equivalent of 6.0 semester units or 9.0 quarter units. In this case, students may have to wait until the second program or set of courses begins before their aid is disbursed. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship as well as the Office of International Affairs can answer detailed questions on combining programs at UC Merced and abroad to reach financial aid eligibility.
  3. Students may take additional courses at another campus such as another University of California campus or potentially outside of the UC system to bring their summer unit total to full time as is described in option 2 above.

International Opportunities Programs (IOP)

Students must complete and submit the IOP Financial Aid Form along with the required IOP Leave paperwork for a program through the MyStudyAbroad Portal. Students must be enrolled full-time and receive transcripts from a recognized (accredited) institution for coursework taken. Students and the IOP provider must file an individual Consortium Agreement with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. In order for students to be able to receive financial aid, they must receive official transcripts from a U.S. or foreign university that is permitted to issue federal student aid.

For summer options students must submit an application for summer financial aid online.

Students who meet requirements to receive financial aid for IOP are eligible to receive federal and state financial aid; they may not receive Bobcat Grant or Regents Scholarship funds.