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Summer Awards and Refund Process

Summer awards are scheduled to be refunded to students by mid-June.

Student awards are not paid through Payroll and are not accessible through UC Path, but rather are paid through Financial Aid and disburse to your student account. You can log into your student portal to view your account activity:

Once your award is entered and disburses to your student account, the refund is processed by the UC Merced Student Business Services office (

For Foreign Students Only

Please be sure your GLACIER record is up to date to avoid a delay in processing of your award. Contact for assistance or with any questions.

Refunds of Financial Aid and What to Expect with the Refund Process:

  • A refund will be processed if your student account reflects a negative (-) credit balance.

  • A refund has been processed when there is a transaction on your account indicating “Refund Student Credit Balance.”

  • Refunds are processed every Tuesday and Thursday by Student Business Services office;

  • Refunds via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) are available in your account 5-7 business days AFTER the refund is processed.

  • Because of the current situation with the COVID-19 virus, student refund checks are being mailed to the address you have on file with UC Merced until further notice. Please be sure your MAILING address is up to date. Log into your student portal to confirm, revise and edit your address.

  • If you do not have an electronic funds transfer (EFT) set up, you are highly encouraged to so to avoid a delay in receiving your funds. EFT is separate and different from the direct deposit you have on file with Payroll Services. Set up online: EFT

  • Student Business Services sends students an email notifying them when their refund is processed.

  • A refund will be processed for a credit balance of $25 or less, however will be applied to future charges.

  • A credit balance resulting from a credit card payment will be refunded back to the credit card used in making that payment.