University of California, Riverside

Graduate Division



Status in U.S.


Domestic Applicant Qualifications

If you fall within one of the categories listed below, you qualify to apply as Domestic. If you do not fit into one of these categories or are unsure, please contact the Graduate Admissions office for assistance (951-827-3313 or grdadmis@ucr.edu).

  • U.S. Citizens
  • Permanent Residents and those who have applied for permanent residency and have received a Form I-797, Notice of Action that confirms approval of the I-485 request.
  • Undocumented
  • Approved Asylum/Refugee Status

International Applicant Qualifications

If you fall within one of the categories listed below, you qualify to apply as International. If you do not fit into one of these categories or are unsure, please contact the Graduate Admissions office for assistance (951-827-3313 or grdadmis@ucr.edu).

  • Require an F or J visa to enter the U.S. to attend school.
  • Currently hold an F or J visa to attend school here in the U.S. and need a transfer I-20 or DS-2019 (if eligible).
  • Remaining on a visa that allows you to attend school here in the U.S.
  • Applying for Permanent Residency and only have Form I-485 submitted.
  • Those who have applied or will apply for Refugee or Asylum.

Undocumented Students FAQ

  • Q: Can undocumented students apply for admission to UC Riverside?
    • A: Yes, we accept applications from undocumented students.
  • Q: Should undocumented students apply as Domestic or International?
    • A: Undocumented students should apply as domestic applicants. You will select "No" to if a visa is required to attend UCR and then there will be an option under “Please indicate your current status in the U.S.” and select “AB540 Status” or "DACA."
  • Q: Are application fee waivers available for undocumented students?
    • A: Fee waivers are available for any domestic applicant who meets the eligibility criteria.
  • Q: Can undocumented students receive in-state tuition rates?
    • A: Yes, with an approved AB540 status approval by the Registrars' office. Applicant's will be contacted with further instructions.
  • Q: What funding options are available for undocumented students?
    • A: Typically, our undocumented students are funded similarly to any other graduate student. Most Ph.D. students are awarded Teaching Assistantships and/or Graduate Student Researcher positions. You may need to request consideration for DACA status in order to obtain work authorization. 
  • Q: Who can I contact for more information?
    • A: Undocumented Student Programs: Ana Coria: ana.coria@ucr.edu or 951-827-2193. More resources are available at RDREAM.ucr.edu.
    • A: Graduate Admissions: grdadmis@ucr.edu or 951-827-3313.

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General Campus Information

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

Contact Information

Graduate Division
University Office Building

Tel: (951) 827-4302
Fax: (951) 827-2238
E-mail: graddiv@ucr.edu

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