Student Resources

Financial and Tuition Assistance


As noted in the University of California, Riverside Extension's mission statement, it is our ongoing goal to support individuals as they push themselves beyond their personal boundaries, creating a stronger, more vibrant community. With that goal in mind, UC Riverside Extension is pleased to make available scholarship funds to support educational goals of the members of our community. Limited scholarships are available for programs that span all academic areas in amounts not to exceed $800, provided as credit toward enrollment fees.

Eligibility Requirements for Scholarship Applicants:

  1. You must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  2. Applicants must have completed at least 8 units within a UCR Extension certificate program by the start of the quarter in which the student is requesting to receive a scholarship (with the exception of students in intensive certificate programs requiring full-payment for the entire certificate up-front).
  3. Scholarships are awarded to currently enrolled students who are actively seeking the completion of a certificate program. You must have applied for candidacy to a certificate program at UCR Extension and competed coursework towards that certificate.
  4. You must have demonstrated academic excellence in previous certificate coursework.
  5. You must complete this application form and submit it online. Please attach to your application a student statement regarding the expected impact of the scholarship and program on career and professional goals.
  6. Preference is given to residents of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
  7. Scholarships are not awarded on the basis of financial need and applications are not to submit any financial documentation.

Applications for scholarships are reviewed quarterly by the scholarship committee. Scholarship recipients will be notified within four weeks following the quarterly application deadline if an award will be made for the upcoming quarter.

Typical awards are granted to fund one course towards a certificate program, not to exceed $800. You may not receive more than one scholarship from the UCR Extension Scholarship Fund.

The number and size of scholarships awarded is dependent on donations to the UCR Extension Scholarship Fund. All applications will be retained for one year in the event that new donations increase the size of the scholarship fund and additional awards can be made.

Scholarship application deadlines for each quarter:

  • Fall: August 15
  • Winter: December 1
  • Spring: March 1
  • Summer: May 15

As a UCR Extension student, you may be eligible for private financial assistance. The following is provided for information purposes only.

Student Loans

UC Riverside Extension has arranged with certain lenders listed below to offer competitive loans to students in continuing education programs. The loan amount requested can include course and textbook costs as well as living expenses that are appropriate to the cost of attendance.

UCR Extension does not endorse or otherwise recommend one lending source over any other sources. In addition to the lenders listed here, you may want to contact your current bank or other lending institution to ask if they have a student or continuing education loan. Carefully review the terms and conditions; the loan is from the lending institution and not from UC Riverside Extension. UCR Extension will work with any student loan lender, however established relationships with the lenders listed here may allow more expeditious loan certification and check distribution.

Enter the Student Loan Application Portal

Review the University of California Code of Conduct in Regard to Preferred Lender Arrangements.

Once approved by the lender and the status of your loan has changed to pending institution's response, the student is required to contact Extension's loan representative at 951.827.4105. After your loan has been certified, a student loan check(s) will be disbursed to UC Riverside Extension, payable to the student, and usually timed to arrive when needed to pay course fees, though it can take four weeks after applying to receive the first loan check. UCR Extension will notify you when the loan check is available, let you know when loan funds are needed, and confirm your enrollment status. 

It is recommended that you begin the loan application process early as UCR Extension does not enroll students in courses until payment is received, and applying for a loan does not reserve a space in the course.

For more information on financing your continuing education, call Student Services at (951) 827-4105 or e-mail

Tuition Assistance

Displaced or disadvantaged workers may be eligible for federal assistance through the Employment Development Department (EDD) of California. For students who qualify, funds may be applied toward the cost of UCR Extension course fees, books and materials.

To determine your eligibility, contact one of the following:

  • City of San Bernardino, Employment and Training Agency, (909) 888-7881
  • County of San Bernardino, Workforce Development Department, (800) 451-5627
  • Employment Development Department, (951) 955-3100

Funding eligibility must be determined prior to enrolling or participating in any course.

Tax Credits

UC Riverside Extension Students may be eligible for a Federal Tax Credit through the Taxpayer Relief Act (TRA) of 1997.

The Taxpayer Relief Act (TRA) included a number of education tax benefits applicable to individuals completing postsecondary coursework. These include the Hope Scholarship Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit which provide for a nonrefundable tax credit for out-of-pocket qualified tuition and related expenses of students in the taxpayer's family (the taxpayer, the taxpayer's spouse or eligible dependents).

For more information, contact your tax consultant or preparer, or visit and


close [x]

Submit Feedback

Thank you for taking the time to submit your feedback about the UCR Extension website. Please be sure to include all relevant information to ensure that we can follow up with your request as soon as possible.

Add Supporting Files