The mission of the Merced College Financial Aid Office is to assist in the recruitment and retention of students by providing financial resource information and access to funding.

We understand that college can be expensive and you may have questions on how to afford your education. We are committed in providing answers to those questions and providing quality customer service to meet your educational needs.

Spring 2023 Emergency Assistance

  1. Demonstrate exceptional need resulting from a sudden, unexpected emergency event
  2. Be currently enrolled in at least six units at a Merced College
  3. Qualify as low-income by meeting the requirements to receive a California College Promise Grant (CCPG) or is projected to receive a CCPG for the upcoming term

Limited Funding Based on Highest Need and Enrollment

Not all students who apply may qualify

Please allow 2 weeks for review

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Applying for financial aid is free, and many students are surprised to find out what they're eligible to receive. Even if you do not think you are eligible, it’s still a good idea to apply — it’s the only way to you'll be considered for every type of aid possible.


For U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents start the process of applying for aid with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Dream Act

For undocumented students to apply for and receive state and institutional financial aid.

How do I receive my funds?

Merced College delivers your financial aid funds with BankMobile Disbursements, a technology solution, powered by BMTX, Inc.

Expecting Financial Aid funds?

Simply follow these steps to make your preference selection:

  • Log in to your student portal.
  • Once logged in, find the useful links menu and click on the BankMoblie button.
  • Make your preference selection.

Your refund, if eligible, would disburse typically on the next disbursement date for that term

When do I receive my funds?

Financial Aid Disbursements are listed under the Schedule of Payments. 

What if I am Not Eligible for Financial Aid?

Don’t worry! Students who are California residents (or meeting other in-state tuition requirements), and enrolled for 12 or more Units, can still receive a tuition waiver. Merced College participates in the California Promise Program called MC4FREE.


Scholarships are sources of free money and usually not based on financial need. Instead, they may recognize your grades or test scores, athletic ability, major, special talents, or community service.


Merced Campus

Lesher Student Services Building, 3rd Floor
Phone: (209) 384-6031
Fax: (209) 384-6312
or email

Los Banos Campus

22240 Highway 152, Building A
Phone: (209) 826-3495
Fax: (209) 381-6583
or email