FAQs

Where is the Fiat Lux Scholars Program Office located?

Fiat Lux Coordinator/Counselor, Maria Rosales - Tenaya 160 

Fiat Lux Counselor, Kisha McGuire - Summits Office, Tenaya 190 

Program Assistant, Brandon Perez - KL 222


When will Office Hours be posted for Fall 2018? 

Office hours are currently being determined for both professional and student staff.  We encourage you to visit our website to view any updates: http://fiatlux.ucmerced.edu 


What type of services does the Fiat Lux Scholars Program provide?

The Fiat Lux Scholars Program offers a variety of workshops, socials, study sessions, faculty receptions, and one-on-one meetings with professional/student staff. 


What are the requirements for first-year students?

First year students are required to live on campus in our Living Learning community. After your first year, you may live off campus. In addition, students have a set of requirements that you must complete each semester. You may find the updates here: http://fiatlux.ucmerced.edu/First_Year_Scholars


How can I maintain my eligibility within the Fiat Lux Scholars Program?

Each Program Participant will undergo a semesterly review regarding requirement completion. In order for scholars to maintain eligibility in the program you must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Maintain active participation and complete Fiat Lux Program requirements each semester
  2. Maintain a 2.75 GPA
  3. Complete the FASFA application by the priority deadline each year (March 2)
  4. Submit all required documentation requested by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships by the established deadline each year (June 1)
  5. Maintain a full-time course load of 12 units or more per semster
  6. Meet UC Merced Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards each year
  7. Maintain Pell Grant and Cal Grant eligibility
  8. Maintain continous enrollment at UC Merced for the 4 years

Who do I contact if I have any questions about my Fiat Lux financial aid package?

Our program has a Financial Aid Advisor that is devoted to assisting students with their Fiat Lux financial aid package. You may contact Aurora Perez for any questions regarding your package at aperez288@ucmerced.edu


What if I want to be removed from the program?

After being admitted to the program, you will be required to be a part of the program for at least a year. If you would like to be removed after a year, you will need to meet with the Program Coordinator as this may impact you academically and financially while at UC Merced.


Are Fiat Lux students required to live on-campus?

Yes, first-year students are required to live in the Fiat Lux Living Learning Community on campus. Students must submit a housing application here: http://applyforhousing.ucmerced.edu/StarRezPortalX/2A5D75CC/1/1/Home-Home

You will later be notified on how to proceed with the roommate selection process and move-in dates.


Can I apply to the Program if I am a transfer student?

No, Fiat Lux is only available for incoming Freshmen. However, UC Merced has a program called TRV (Transfer, Returning, & Veteran Program), which you can apply to. You can find more information here: darts.ucmerced.edu