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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, a 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.

  • Refunds are processed every Tuesday and Thursday by the Student Business Services office (holidays may affect processing days).

  • You will know that a refund has been processed when there is a transaction on your account indicating "Student Account Refund."

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

  • Refunds are issued as paper checks unless you have an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) established for student refunds.

    • Paper checks are mailed to the mailing address on file with UC Merced and should arrive within 7 - 10 business days AFTER a refund is processed.

      • Please ensure your MAILING address is up to date in your student portal.

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

      • Please note a student refund EFT is different and separate from a payroll EFT that you may have set up through the UC Path online portal as a student employee.
      • If you do not have an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) set up, you are strongly encouraged to do so to avoid a delay in receiving your funds. Set up an EFT online.
  • A credit balance resulting from a payment by check or electronic check will be held for a minimum of seven (7) business days to ensure that the payment clears the bank.

  • A refund will not be processed for a credit balance of $25 or less, however it will be applied to future charges.

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