Our policy is to keep you informed

No matter where you are in your college career, you deserve to know what we expect from you and what you can expect from UCI.

Rights and Responsibilities as a Financial Aid Recipient

You have the right to know the following information regarding your rights:

  • What financial assistance is available at UCI.
  • The deadlines for submitting applications for each of the financial aid programs available.
  • The cost of attending UCI and UCI's refund policy.
  • The criteria used by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to select financial aid recipients.
  • How your financial aid eligibility was determined.
  • What resources are considered in the calculation of your financial aid eligibility.
  • How much of your financial need is unmet, as determined by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.
  • The terms and conditions of the various financial aid programs, including the criteria for your continued eligibility in the programs.
  • The method by which disbursements will be made to you and the frequency of those disbursements.
  • The portion of the financial aid you receive that must be repaid, and what portion is grant, and therefore not repayable. If the aid is a loan, you have the right to know what the interest rate is, the total amount to be repaid, the procedure for repayment and when the repayment is to begin. You have the right to a sample loan repayment schedule for loans.
  • How UCI determines whether you are making satisfactory academic progress for financial aid and what happens if you are not.

You have the right to know the following information regarding your responsibilities. You are required to do the following:

Report to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships any change in the following:

  • Housing status
  • Enrollment status
  • California residency status
  • Additional earnings, funds or support, including any graduate assistance.
  • Be enrolled at least half-time. Half-time is defined as six (6) units per term.
  • To receive the loan(s) you were offered, you must accept the loan, submit all required loan paperwork, and complete the loan counseling. These all must be completed while you are still enrolled at least half-time for the same academic year the loan was offered to you.
  • For Federal Direct Student Loans, notify the loan servicer of address changes and other information as specified in the loan terms.
  • Complete mandatory loan exit counseling upon ceasing to be enrolled in at least 6.0 or more units if you have borrowed from the Federal Direct Stafford, Graduate PLUS and/or Federal Perkins Loan programs.
  • Review the loan terms and process any documents regarding repayment prior to graduation.
  • Assume responsibility for repayment of all loans accepted.
  • Repay any funds you receive which cannot be reasonably attributed to meeting your educational expenses (overpayments).
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress in the course of study you are pursuing as prescribed by the UCI policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid, published in the UCI General Catalogue and on the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website.
  • Receiving one or more non-passing grades with no record of attendance may result in your Pell Grant and Cal Grant being revised (if you were awarded a Pell Grant or a Cal grant) and could also result in a bill. 
  • Notify the UCI Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships if you currently are or if you become incarcerated in a federal, state or local penitentiary, prison, jail, reformatory, work farm or similar correctional institution.
  • Notify the UCI Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships once you have met all degree requirements in your declared major(s), regardless of your intent to pursue a minor, retake courses to improve your GPA, or for any other reason.

Policies and Conditions at UCI

The following are the policies and conditions that applies to you as a financial aid applicant and recipient.


Important disclosure information.