Global Grant

Global Grant

The University of California, Merced, stands as an embodiment of the promise of California's future. The tenth campus in the University of California system, UC Merced is diverse, growing, and committed to internationalizing the campus community. Our commitment extends from all corners of the state to all corners of the world.

Beginning with the Fall 2010 class, UC Merced will award a $5,000 per year ($2,500 for the Fall and $2,500 for the Spring) Global Grant to qualified international undergraduate students in UC Merced sponsored F-1 visa status. The grant is offered to offset a portion of UC non-resident tuition and fees for new and transfer international students and is UC Merced's commitment to bringing highly qualified students from all parts of the world to Merced.

To qualify for the grant, students must:

  • Be accepted at UC Merced as a registered, full-time undergraduate student. New, transfer and continuing students are eligible.
  • Not be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Obtain F-1 visa status sponsored by the University of California, Merced
  • Be funded only by personal or family funds (not receiving funding from a scholarship organization, agency or government)
  • Maintain continuous, full-time enrollment in good academic standing while at UC Merced (to ensure that the grant is renewed each semester)

All students that meet the above criteria will automatically qualify for the grant and no special application is required. Feel free to direct any questions or student inquiries to the Global Grant e-mail.

Global Grant Frequently Asked Questions

I will be an international student but I am not in the United States on an F-1 visa. Am I still eligible for the Global Grant?

No, unfortunately you are not eligible for the Global Grant. The grant is available only to students on an F-1 non-immigrant student visa sponsored by UC Merced.

If I meet the criteria for the Global Grant, what must I do next?

You do not need to do anything else. If you meet all the qualifications, then the campus will automatically award you the grant. The award will be posted as a ‘credit’ on your UC Merced bill.

Why is the Global Grant offered to international students?

The Global Grant is designed to support undergraduate students in F-1 visa status to offset a portion of their tuition fees. UC Merced understands that funding a UC education is expensive yet wishes to increase the number of international students to help internationalize the university.

How long will the Global Grant be available?

As long as the student maintains the qualifications, the grant will be renewed each semester.

Will the Global Grant be offered during the summer if I take summer courses?

No, the Global Grant will not be available during the summer. It is offered only during the fall and spring semesters.

How many units is considered full-time for the purpose of the grant?

You must be enrolled in atleast 12 units each semester to qualify for the grant.