SIR Deposit

  1. 1. What is the SIR deposit?
  2. 2. Is the SIR deposit a fee?
  3. 3. How much is the SIR deposit?
  4. 4. What if a student cannot afford the SIR deposit?
  5. 5. How does this affect students on the waitlist?
  6. 6. My students’ decision on which campus to submit an SIR is largely contingent upon the financial aid package they will receive. Will admitted students have an idea of their financial aid package before submitting a deposit of $250 that is non-refundable and non-transferable to a campus?

1. What is the SIR deposit?

The SIR (Statement of Intent to Register) deposit is a non-refundable deposit required with acceptance of admission to reserve a place in the entering class at one of the UC campuses. It is applied to the first term’s tuition. Low-income students may have the deposit postponed (deferred) until financial aid is disbursed to cover tuition and fees.

2. Is the SIR deposit a fee?

The SIR deposit is not a fee; it is a deposit towards an admitted student’s first term tuition at the campus.

3. How much is the SIR deposit?

The undergraduate SIR deposit is the same for all University of California campuses, $250.

4. What if a student cannot afford the SIR deposit?

UC’s practice is to defer (postpone) the SIR deposit for students from low-income families. If a student received an application fee waiver to apply to UC, the student’s SIR deposit will be deferred.

5. How does this affect students on the waitlist?

The SIR deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. If a student accepts a UC offer of admission and is then offered admission from a waitlist to another UC campus, he/she will lose the first deposit and must pay another deposit to accept the waitlist admission offer from the second UC campus. Students and families should consider this when opting to be placed on the waitlist for another UC campus.

6. My students’ decision on which campus to submit an SIR is largely contingent upon the financial aid package they will receive. Will admitted students have an idea of their financial aid package before submitting a deposit of $250 that is non-refundable and non-transferable to a campus?

Most UC campuses send the official financial aid award with the offer of admission. Campuses that do not provide an official financial aid award will provide a preliminary financial aid award to give students an idea of the amount of aid they can expect.