As a continuing student, it is still important for you to look for scholarships that can help reduce the amount you need to work and borrow to fund your education. Frequently you will become eligible for scholarships as you enter your major, or take up new activities, and participate in different organizations in college. We always encourage students to search for scholarships throughout their time at UCLA. To ensure you are successful in doing so, make sure that your scholarship search is broad and includes outside scholarships in addition to UCLA scholarships.
UCLA Undergraduate Scholarships
Scholarships are a great way to access additional funds for college, and can help you dramatically reduce the amount you have to borrow in student loans, or work while in college.
Scholarships are designed to reward, encourage, and assist students in pursuing academic excellence and leadership roles. Additional criteria, such as campus or community activities, volunteer work, work experience and financial need are taken into account during the scholarship selection process.
The Financial Aid and Scholarships Undergraduate Scholarships Application is open year round. However, priority consideration is given to students who submit their application by June 30th each year. You should log in to our Scholarship Portal and complete your profile to be considered for scholarship opportunities.
UCLA Scholarship Criteria
Scholarships awarded to continuing undergraduate students require that you apply through our scholarship portal each year.
- Must complete an on-line “UCLA Scholarship Application” available through MyUCLA .
- Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
- Must submit a FAFSA or Dream Act application by the March 2nd priority deadline annually to be considered
The amount of the scholarship is based on the level of financial need, determined by the FAFSA or DREAM Act Application , the amount of funding available, and the number of applications received.
Viewing your Scholarship(s)
If a scholarship is awarded to you, it will appear on your Financial Aid Notification (FAN) in early Summer. Various departments award continuing students and will process their awards throughout the academic year. We try to award as many scholarships at the start of the year as possible, but sometimes a student will receive an award later in the academic year.
Maintaining Eligibility For Chancellors Blue and Gold Scholarship
The Chancellor’s Blue and Gold Scholarship Program was established by the University of California, Los Angeles in the Fall of 1998 to recognize the academic achievements of first-year students coming to UCLA from Los Angeles County High Schools that traditionally have sent few students to UCLA.
After many continuous successful years of excellence, the program now supports approximately 200 students with awards ranging up to $5,000, depending on the student’s financial need.
- In order to maintain your eligibility as a Chancellor’s Blue and Gold Scholar, you must submit the FAFSA or California Dream Act application annually by the March 2 deadline. Failure to meet the deadline will result in the cancellation of your scholarship.
- In order to have your scholarship reinstated, you will need to submit the Late Financial Aid application, to have your appeal reviewed for an on-time approval.
- Scholars will need to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by UCLA Financial Aid and Scholarships.
- Scholars must notify Financial Aid and Scholarships of any change in family financial circumstances.
Maintaining Eligibility for Regents Scholarship
The Regents Scholarship Program was established by the Regents of the University of California in 1962, and represents one of the highest honors awarded to a student at the University. Regents Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and exceptional promise.
UCLA awards up to 100 Regents scholarships each year to entering and transfer students and currently has a total of approximately 500 Regents Scholars enrolled at UCLA.
The UCLA Regents Scholarship program is unique to the UCLA campus, therefore, the award cannot be transferred to other UC campuses, nor could other UC campus Regents Scholarship awards be honored at UCLA. Selection of the Regents Scholars is completed by each campus individually.
- Regents Scholars are required to report additional outside financial assistance and/or outside scholarships awards to the Financial Aid and Scholarships office.
- Scholars must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA during all quarters of attendance and are required to enroll in a minimum of 12 units per quarter
- Students must notify the scholarship coordinator of any change in academic status, such as taking less than the required 12 units per quarter, dropping below a 3.0 or if they are planning to take an approved leave of absence. Taking a quarter off will not extend the award past your tenure and may jeopardize your future scholarship if you do not inform the Scholarship coordinator
- All Regents Scholars are considered for a $2,000 honorarium regardless of financial need.
- If a Regents Scholar has additional financial need beyond the $2,000 honorarium, the scholar will be awarded university scholarship and/or grants to cover the remainder of the scholar’s need.
- Entering Freshmen are awarded a four-year scholarship (12 straight academic quarters). Scholarship is not awarded in the summer.
- Entering Transfer students are awarded a two-year scholarship (6 academic quarters). Scholarship is not awarded in the summer.
- Students receive priority enrollment starting with their second and subsequent quarters, guaranteed Housing (as long as the Housing application is submitted by the Housing Office deadlines), guaranteed parking (as long as the Parking application is submitted by the Parking Office deadlines), and Faculty Mentorship is established by the Regents Scholar Society to each and every Regents Scholar, as requested.
- All Regents Scholars are eligible to join the Regents Scholar Society and are strongly encouraged to establish membership in this official campus student organization.
- The Regents Scholarship need-based award is determined annually and is designed to supplement the Cal Grant A and B programs, Pell Grant award and other outside scholarship awards.
- The Scholarship coordinator will perform an annual academic review at the end of the Spring quarter of all scholars. Students that do not adhere to the scholarship requirements will be terminated and possibly billed for scholarship received.
- Regents Scholars may not transfer from schools within UCLA to continue to receive the Scholarship. All schools select their Regents Scholars differently, such as the School of Arts Architecture, Theatre & Film, and School of Music select their scholars based on their artistic portfolios. The College of Letters & Science and School of Engineering will select their students based on academic abilities.
Expanding Your Scholarship Search
In addition to applying for UCLA scholarships available through Financial Aid and Scholarships office, the Scholarships Resource Center and your department and/or College, expand your search beyond UCLA. Below is a list of resources that you can use to apply for outside scholarships.
- UCLA Scholarship Resource Center
- College Board
- Petersons Scholarship Search
- SallieMae Scholarship Search Engine
- UNIGO Scholarship Search
- NICHE Scholarship Search
- Scholarship Monkey
- Cappex Scholarships
- Chegg Scholarships
What to Do if You Receive a Scholarship?
If you receive a scholarship from an outside donor, make sure you follow these 3 simple steps:
- Request that outside scholarship checks are made payable to UC Regents
- Give your donor your 9 digit UCLA identification number (UID) and ask them to include it with your award
- Have the donor include a letter explaining the award terms when the scholarship check is sent to UCLA / Make sure to report any outside scholarships on your Financial Aid Notification (FAN) or contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships office to report the award
Please mail scholarship checks to:
Payment Solutions & Compliance Office
University of California Los Angeles
Box 957089, 1125 Murphy Hall
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7089
Helpful Tips for Searching for Outside Scholarships
- Many scholarships are based on criteria other than financial need and academic achievement. Take note of your interests, hobbies, ethnic or religious background, work experience, career goals, etc. there may be specific scholarships related to these.
- Try to plan ahead when applying for scholarships. We recommend you start working on applications six to nine months before the academic year you hope to receive the funding.
- Outside agency scholarships (from foundations, organizations, groups, and individuals) can be an excellent way to help fund your education.
- There is no single, comprehensive source that can give you a list of all the scholarships, for which you may be eligible. It is best to consult several sources, such as scholarship search engines, UCLA academic departments, your high school and community organizations.
- Getting a strong letter of recommendation is a vital component of many scholarship applications.
- Scholarship books that target specific majors, ethnicity, or religious affiliation are an invaluable way to find national and local scholarships.
- Writing an excellent personal statement will help you stand out as a strong candidate for scholarship. The Scholarship Resource Center (SRC) offers workshops for UCLA students as well as individualized writing support sessions to help you work on essays from brainstorming to proofreading.
- Many departments at UCLA offer scholarships. Watch for listings on bulletin boards, ask departmental counselors, and check your department’s website listings.
- Most importantly, be proactive and diligent in applying for scholarships. It takes a lot of work, but in the end all your efforts will really pay off.
Additional Resources To Help You With Your Scholarship Search
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to report my scholarships from private donors?
Yes, all outside scholarships should be reported to the Financial Aid and Scholarships office including those that are paid to you directly.
How will I know my check has arrived?
Once the check is processed you will receive notification via your electronic Financial Aid Notification (eFAN).
My donor said the check was sent but I have not received funds. What do I do now?
Mailing time is often 2 weeks and we ask that you allow another week for processing time. If more than four weeks have passed without seeing it on your Financial Aid Notification (FAN). We ask that you contact your donor and ask them to verify if the check has been cashed. If the check has been cashed then we ask you provide a copy of the check.
How will an outside award impact my financial aid package?
If you already have a financial aid package and subsequently receive an outside scholarship/award, your financial aid offer will be adjusted to account for that award, and is dependent upon the conditions of the award.
Generally, need-based loans and work-study awards are reduced first to “make room” for an outside award. To ensure that an outside scholarship can help you as much as possible, it is our policy to replace your self-help (need based loan and work-study awards) first. If the amount of outside aid exceeds the amount of loans and work-study in your aid package, your grants are then reduced.
Outside awards that are split evenly between quarters have a more positive impact on students. Unless otherwise indicated by the donor, our default policy is to evenly split outside scholarships evenly across all three quarters of the academic year.
How do I make more room in my financial aid budget for my outside awards?
You can make more room in your budget by submitting a Budget Add-On Appeal or Housing Adjustment form if you have additional allowable expenses. Review the forms for further information on what is allowed. To locate other Financial Aid and Scholarships forms, you will find them at: https://financialaid.ucla.edu/forms-and-publications.