University of California, Riverside

Donor Week



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  • Living the Promise: The Campaign for UC Riverside is a comprehensive fundraising effort — the first in UCR’s history — that will raise money for students, faculty, research, programs, and facilities, and will be driven by campus academic priorities. The campaign will close in 2020 with a goal of $300 million.
  • 3.4 % of the total aid awarded to UCR undergraduates represents $10.9 million in the form of scholarship aid. 
  • 70% of UCR students have tuition and fees covered – thanks to grants and scholarships!
  • Endowments represent money or other financial assets that are donated to universities or colleges. The sole intention of the endowment is to invest it, so that the total asset value will yield an inflation adjusted principal amount, along with additional income for further investments.  
  • Philanthropy: The desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed specially by the generous donation of money to good causes.
  • US News & World Report uses the percentage of alumni who donate to their University to help rank colleges. It doesn’t matter how much you give, just as long as you give! UCR is ranked #85 in National Universities (312 schools) #35 and in Top Public Schools (132 schools).
  • Tartan True: the collective effort of all Highlanders to ensure a better future for our world through annual financial support and volunteer service to the university.
  • UCR Raised $50,500 during 2016’s first Giving Tuesday event. 

  • 2016 was the first year UCR participated in Giving Tuesday! The average gift size was $223.

  • 2018’s Giving Tuesday event raised $189,560 and included 1,296. The average size gift was $146.27.

  • UC Riverside is ranked 3rd in the nation based on the altruistic actions of our alumni and students. UCR loves to give back to the community that had done so much though our research, service, and student aid.

  • UCR distributed $455 million in grant, loan, work-study, and scholarship aid for the 2017-18 academic year to undergraduate students.
    • Since the 2015-16 academic year, UCR has gone from awarding $341 million aid the $455 million it currently awards.
  • About 86% of undergraduates at UCR receive aid, and about 78% of them qualify for need-based aid.

    • The estimated 2018-19 cost of attendance at UCR for a student living on-campus is $36,652. This includes $15,602 in tuition and fees, $17,475 in room and board, $1,400 in books/supplies, $650 in transportation, and $1,525 in personal expenses.
    • The total off-campus cost is $30,552 and the estimated cost of living at home with parents is $26,452.
    • About 31% of UCR undergraduates who receive financial aid (over 4,500 students) have very low family income and a parent contribution of less than $500 per year. Financial aid (grants, loans, and scholarships) provided by donors are imperative towards their success.
    • About 71% of the aid awarded to students is in the form of need-based grants, and 25% in loans and work-study.
    • The average financial “need” is about $21,300.
    • The average family income of all financial aid recipients is about $53,446.
  • Philanthropic support catalyzes excellence allowing UCR to transience good in favor of great. Gifts to UC Riverside enrich our ability to share the lives of future generations of leaders and provide a robust teaching and learning experience. There has never been a time in UCR’s history when an investment had such profound potential to impact the future of California.
  • The University of California is the nation’s most generous public university in awarding financial aid to freshmen, a new study has found. UC campuses snared seven of the top 10 spots among 250 public universities surveyed about their financial aid packages, according to the Student Loan Report news site. According to the survey, UC Riverside was the nation’s most generous campus, giving freshmen an average of $22,241.

  • UCR’s Alumni Association began awarding scholarships to incoming students in 1976 and since it’s inception it has awarded more than $2.5 million to over 1,100 students.

  • The UCR Alumni Association launched a $1.5 million campaign to guarantee funding for the Alumni Association Freshman Scholarship in perpetuity. They are on track to meet that goal during the 2019-20 academic year!


Sources: UCR Office of Financial Aid & UCR University Advancement

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University of California, Riverside
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Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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