The first question that arises with most students when they consider going to a university is how will they pay for their education. You will want to understand what your Direct Costs will be and what you are paying for, then see the links below for resources to pay for school. Remember that 87% of UC Merced students receive financial aid and you should not let the cost discourage you. There are many programs to help you pay for college because you will make valuable contributions to your community with the knowledge and skills you get from your education. Below are links to the main types of help available: grants and scholarships (free money), student loans, and federal work study.
Students can also find information about scholarships at these links: