"In response to the current economic situation, UC Merced continues to make attending college affordable to eligible students," said Kevin Browne, assistant vice chancellor for enrollment management. "Concern over expenses is the worst possible reason not to attend a UC. If a student meets UC admission requirements, he or she deserves to be here, and we can help. We have been able to offer competitive gift-aid packages to almost 75 percent of our enrolled students."
Gift aid comes from both public and private entities. It can be used to pay a variety of school-related expenses, depending on the requirements set forth by the agency offering the scholarship or grant.