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Frequently Asked Questions


Where is the Fiat Lux Scholars Program Office located?

Program staff are located in the Calvin E. Bright Success Center, Kolligian Library 222 (KL 222) and in The Summits Residence Hall in Tenaya 160.

How do I join the Fiat Lux Scholars Program?

The Fiat Lux Scholars program is an invitation-only program. Individuals invited to the program must meet certain criteria set forth by UC Merced Admissions and The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. The Fiat Lux Program does not have the ability to select individuals.

A similar, yet application-based program at UC Merced includes:



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, professional developments, and one-on-one meetings with professional and student staff.

What are the requirements for first-year Fiat Lux scholars?

First-year students invited into the Fiat Lux Scholars Program and who accept to participate are required to live on campus in Tenaya Hall in our Living Learning Community (LLC). 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 information here:

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 all Fiat Lux Scholars Program requirements each semester
  2. Maintain at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA
  3. Complete the FASFA application by the priority deadline each year (March 2nd)
  4. Submit all required documentation requested by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships by the established deadline each year (June 1st)
  5. Maintain a full-time course load of 12 units or more per semester
  6. Meet UC Merced Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards each year
  7. Maintain Pell Grant and Cal Grant eligibility
  8. Maintain continuous 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 liaison that is devoted to assisting students with their Fiat Lux financial aid package. You may contact Lauren Hogan from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for any questions regarding your package at

What if I want to be removed from the program?

If you would like to be removed from the program, you will need to email the Fiat Lux account stating that you would like to be removed from the program. If you would like you can meet with the Program Coordinator before you make this decision 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 who are invited to and accept to participate in the program are required to live in the Fiat Lux Living Learning Community (LLC) in Tenaya Hall on campus. Students must submit a UC Merced Housing application here:

You will later be notified by UC Merced Housing on how to proceed with the LLC, the roommate selection process, and move-in dates.

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

No, the Fiat Lux Scholars Program is only available as a four-year program and is intended for incoming First-Year students. However, UC Merced has a program called TRV (Transfer, Returning, & Veteran Program), which you can apply to. You can find more information here: