UC Irvine Parents eNews

The 2016 Anteater Involvement Fair featured student performances including Ballet Folklorico dancers (front to back) Ericka Martinez, 3rd year biological sciences major; Joselyn Govea, 2nd year biological sciences major; and Teresa Ramirez, 2nd year undergraduate undeclared.  
Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI
October 2016
Issue No. 79

Message from Vice Chancellor Parham
Vice Chancellor Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D. Welcome to the start of the University of California Irvine's 2016-2017 academic year.
We start the year by recognizing and celebrating incredible achievements from last year -   #9 Public University in the U.S. News & World Reporta Top 10 Coolest School by Sierra Magazine, and  #1 College Access Index by the New York Times - UCI's future is as brilliant as ever.
I am excited about the vitality and promise our students bring each fall season, and it is our fondest hope to nurture their potential in the garden of academic and co-curricular experience the campus provides. As a top tier research university, our students are admitted because they have already demonstrated an excellence in their academic and personal achievements, and we take pride in all that they have accomplished to this point in their lives.

UCI Parents, 9.26.16
UCI eSports Arena celebrated with grand opening extravaganza

A cheering crowd of nearly 1,500 people - some in elaborate costumes - mobbed Friday night's grand opening of the University of California, Irvine's eSports arena, the first of its kind at a public college.

"Holy cow, dude, this is rad!" one wide-eyed dad said as he and his two boys entered the high-tech venue, home to UCI's elite new "League of Legends" team and also available to casual gamers for about $4 per hour.

Mark Deppe, acting director of UCI eSports, said he was "thrilled" by the large turnout and good vibes: "It's fantastic. No one else has a high-end recreational facility like this that's open to everybody. Today was a huge day for us, but this is just the beginning. Thank you to everyone who moved mountains to create this beautiful place."

UCI News, 9.26.16

Financial Aid resources & information: FAFSA/California DREAM Applications available Oct. 1
With the cost of college rising each year, many families look to financial aid to help pay for their student's education. In order to qualify for financial aid - both from the federal government and/or from the university - students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Even if you think your family might not qualify for federal aid, or if your student didn't receive financial aid the previous year, your student should always file the FAFSA. Colleges use the FAFSA when disbursing their own scholarship and grant funds and your student might qualify for merit aid based on academic performance while in college.

Important changes to the FAFSA
Historically, the FAFSA was available on January 1 each year and required students and their families to estimate tax information from the previous calendar year and then return to the FAFSA later to update it after filing their income taxes. Starting this fall, the FAFSA will be available on October 1 and students will complete it using income information from two years prior ("prior-prior").

Collegiate Parent, 9.22.16 

UCI Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships »
You can submit your 2017-18 FAFSA/California DREAM Application as early as October 1!  

Quick Links



Peter the Anteater and other UCI emojis now available » 

Office of the Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs  -  405 Aldrich Hall, Irvine, CA 92697
Thank you for being a part of the UCI parent family. As a member of the Anteater community you will receive monthly eNews updates, important messages and occasional special announcements regarding programs and events on campus.