The deadline for this application cycle has passed but please be on the lookout for more information for the next cycle of applications. 

We are super excited to launch our first ever award program in order to increase access to graduate and professional schools. Most jobs require advanced degrees which creates a barrier for students from marginalized communities. With this program, we hope to aid students and ensure that financial burdens do not become a barrier in pursuing applications for advanced degrees. On average, applications to programs cost about $60/campus and students apply to anywhere from 5 to 50 campuses. Most campuses also require students to interview at their institutions for which the student has to cover their own costs for travel and accommodation. The current educational system fails to realize that students do not have disposable income at hand to be able to afford applying for advanced degrees.

We hope that this program will not only set a precedent to other departments at UCI but also other institutions across the United States to create equitable access to higher education.

Through this program, we will be able to reimburse for application, travel and hotel accommodations only based on the following UCOP policies. Up to $500 of reimbursement will be provided per person on a first come first serve and need basis. You may choose to request however little as possible and for whichever component (application, travel or hotel accommodation). Once the amount is awarded, further details about the reimbursement process will be sent to you through email. The final deadline to apply for this award is Friday of Week 6 (May 10th, 2019 at 11:59 pm)

University Student Travel Policies

        A) Air Travel

    1. Air travel must be the most economical and practical means of transportation for the event.
    2. All bookings will be made independently and will be reviewed by the Business Office for any reimbursement requests.
      • All flight reimbursements must comprise of the original booking ticket/itinerary and credit card statement as proof of payment.
      • Maximum reimbursement for round trip flights will be capped at $400 per the UCOP Student Travel policies. If independent flights are booked that are over the max cap, students will only receive the $400 allowable by UCOP.
      • Any flights that involve personal travel will not be reimbursed in full.
    3. All air travel will be in coach and no additional upgrades/charges may be added or reimbursed.
    4. All travelers must be a current registered UC Irvine undergraduate student.

        B) Lodging

    1. Lodging is permitted for any event that is over 40 miles from the ASUCI Office or home.
      • Lodging is capped at $175 per night per room with taxes and fees included.
    2. Hotel incidentals can NOT be placed on the office card and will be the responsibility of the student to provide a debit/credit card at check-in.
    3. If independent lodging are booked that are over the max cap, students will only receive the $175 per night allowable by UCOP.

Application Link: 

To Be Announced!