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The Gateway Initiative is a set of services designed to provide low-income, 1st generation students with the necessary resources, academic skills, and appropriate referrals that will allow them to reach their maximum personal, academic, and career potential. Gateway supports students to be successful at UCI and to be ‘top performers’ in their respective academic fields.

Gateway Initiative Services

Item Loan Program

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The Gateway Initiative Item loan program is a program for income-eligible students to borrow textbooks, laptops, i-clickers, and materials from Student Success Initiatives (SSI). Students who have an Expected Family Contribution of zero or are a program participant are eligible for this program.

This process will be on a first come, first serve basis and will open Monday of week 1 beginning at 10am-4pm, Monday through Friday. This is open while supplies last, the deadline to return borrowed items is Friday of finals week. 

You know you are eligible if you receive an email stating your eligibility.

SSI LARC Scholarship

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Student Success Initiatives offers our income and academically eligible students an opportunity to get a scholarship for the Learning and Academic Resource Center (LARC) 

Graduate School Preparation

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Student Success Initiatives will provide information sessions that help students learn about graduate school, GRE prep courses, a graduate school prep course (University Studies 45) during winter quarter, and GRE prep materials for eligible students.

Free/Discounted Printing

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Student Success Initiatives provides free printing for our program participants by giving them print cards when the participate in workshops and meetings. SSI also offers printing at discount for anyone who visits the SSI office.

SSI Peer Educators

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Each academic year Student Success Initiatives hires Peer Educators to work in our office and assist in supporting our programs and services for first generation, low income student populations. The application for these positions open during the Winter quarter. SSI promotes these positions by emailing our students, posting flyers in the office, and posting the positions on the SSI Instagram and website.

Cap & Gown Borrowing

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Graduating students in SSI programs will have the opportunity to borrow a Cap and Gown during the Spring quarter for their Graduation ceremonies.

Gateway Initiative Workshops

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The Gateway workshops are academic enrichment workshops that are designed to provide students with the tools and knowledge necessary to successfully navigate campus and achieve academic success.

Academic Success Plans

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The purpose of an ASP meeting is to help students think about their current behaviors and help them to think about new skills they might adopt that will help them to stay on track/ increase their academic success at UCI. The goal is to provide the student with valuable tips and suggestions and help them to develop strategies for academic success. Students applying for the SSI LARC Scholarship must complete an ASP.

Programs & Services

SSI Item Loan Program Flyer

SSI Item Loan Program

Starts April 1st, 2024!

Eligible students have the opportunity to borrow up to TWO items each Fall, Winter, and Spring quarter. Items must be returned by Friday of finals week. The check-out process is in-person and first-come, first-serve. All items are available while supplies last.

Items available

  • Textbooks
  • Laptops
  • Calculators
  • iClickers
  • Graduate School Test Prep

See List of Inventory


SSI 2200 (SS II Bldg)

Monday to Friday

10am – 4pm

If you have any questions or concerns about borrowing an item, please contact us at

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SSI LARC Scholarship

Available for Spring 2024

Regular Enrollment Opens on Monday, March 25th


  1. Secure a spot by enrolling in a LARC tutorial
  2. Sign the SSI LARC Scholarship Agreement by Friday of week 2.
  3. Complete an Academic Success Plan (ASP) appointment by Friday of week 5. Schedule appointment
  4. Attend ten (10) of your LARC tutorial sessions.

Disclaimer: If all requirements are met, scholarship will be applied at the end of the quarter.

**Only eligible students will have access to the SSI Scholarship Agreement form

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up for Gateway Initiatives?

Answer: There is no sign up. Our office has a list of all eligible students. If you are eligible you will receive communication from our office to take advantage of our resources.

Do I have to be in a Student Success Initiatives (SSI) Program to take advantage of Gateway Initiative resources?

Answer: No. Students that are participants In our SSI programs will generally have access to all Gateway Initiative services. However, If you are NOT In an SSI program you can still take advantage of our services. Check the eligibility criteria for the service you are trying to utilize to see If you qualify. Eligibility criteria can be found on our website.

Why am I not eligible for the SSI LARC Scholarship?

Answer: Eligibility for the LARC Scholarship changes each quarter. You must have an EFC=0 and a 3.0GPA or below. Active participants in SSI programs are eligible for the SSI LARC Scholarship regardless of the EFC=0 and 3.0GPA requirement (Does not apply for ISEP).

I am eligible for a LARC Scholarship, so why was I charged for the LARC Tutorial?

Answer: One of two things – 1. You did not submit the LARC agreement by the deadline. Even if you are in an SSI program you MUST complete the agreement by the deadline or you will not be considered for the scholarship. AND/OR 2. You did not complete the remaining requirements which is to complete an Academic Success Plan and attend at least 10 LARC tutorials.

I completed all the LARC Requirements. Why do I have a charge on my zot account?

Answer: Receiving a LARC Scholarship can sometimes have an affect on your financial aid. Since this is a scholarship, financial aid factors it into your financial aid award which can cause your financial aid to be readjusted. The readjustment to your financial aid can result in a charge on your zot account. Students can contact the financial aid office to determine if this is the case. If you still have questions, please contact Adeeva Myers so she can further assess why you were charged for a tutorial.

How do I know if I am Eligible for Gateway Initiative Services?

Answer: Eligible students will typically have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC=0) as determined by financial aid. SSI Program participants are also eligible. If you are unsure of your eligibility you can contact the Gateway Initiative Counselor or visit our website for details on the criteria for eligibility for each of our services.


Student Success Initiatives

2200 Student Services II, Irvine, CA
(949) 824-1142 |