University of California, Riverside

Graduate Division



Financial Verification and Visa Procedures


Financial Verification

International applicants are required to complete the International Applicant Confidential Financial Statement section as part of the Graduate online application. This section will provide total required fees, required proof of living expense, and dependent proof of support for the 9-month academic year. Any dependent's (spouse or child) requiring an I-20 form from our office will require you to provide additional verification of support to our office. You will also be required to provide the type of sponsorship you have. As fellowships are merit-based, indicating that you have a sponsor will not exclude you from consideration of a fellowship. Selecting "No" to all sponsor types will require the program to request proof of support if the program is recommending you for admission without fellowship. Please note that fellowships are typically not provided to Master's students, unless noted on the programs website.  

Unless you have been officially notified in writing of an award from the Dean of the Graduate Division, you should not expect any financial support from UCR. Teaching and research assistantships, fellowships and stipends, as well as tuition fellowships, are not guaranteed for the full academic year or for subsequent years of study unless stated in writing.

In addition to this statement, the International Student Sponsorship Information Form (available in the Confidential Financial Statement section) is required for those who are offered admission and required to provide verification of support. For more information regarding acceptable sponsor types and proof of support, please review that form within the International Student Confidential Financial Statement section of the online application. Please note, that this form and accompanying proof of support is not required during the application review process. If admitted, your offer letter will provide you with more details on these requirements.

Visa Procedures

U.S. immigration law requires that international applicants, if admitted, show documented evidence that sufficient funds to cover all fees, transportation, and living expenses are available for the first year of their study at UCR and that a sponsor is committed to their financial support beyond this date. This must be proved before a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS2019) for a visa can be issued by our office.

Visa Types Issued

The I-20 form is issued to admitted applicants who are qualified, for an F-1 (student) visa. The DS2019 form is issued to admitted applicants who are qualified for a J-1 visa. J-1 (exchange visitor) status is appropriate for students whose programs of study are substantially funded by the U.S. government, their home government, an international or nonprofit organization, or UCR.

A student on a student visa cannot accept off-campus employment at any time during the first year in the U.S. Spouses of F-1 visa holders (F-2) are not allowed to work under any circumstances.

Required Verification of Support Amounts

Total required fees and expenses are estimated at US$47,324.69** per calendar year (this figure is subject to change). This amount is for the student alone. This estimate includes $32,280.69 for fees for three quarters and $15,044.00 for basic living expenses for the nine month academic year only. All fees are subject to change without notice. Married students must verify an additional US$3,500 if accompanied by a spouse and another US$3,000 for a child; each additional dependent requires US$3,000. Opportunities for university financial assistance are limited. The University will NOT issue a certificate of eligibility (Form I-20 or DS2019) unless you provide evidence of your ability to pay all required fees and expenses for the duration of your program. In some cases, American embassies and consulates will not grant you a student visa unless you can provide proof of adequate funding for the entire stay.

MBA applicants must provide verification in the amount of US$70,915.69 in support (this amount includes an additional professional fee of US$26,448.00 for the Management MBA Program only). Professional MBA applicants must provide verification in the amount of US$68,252.19. MPAc applicants must provide verification in the amount of US$74,192.19. MFIN applicants must provide verification in the amount of US$79,472.19.

More Information 

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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