With the update to our LIVE alpha servers to patch 3.8, the current default starting aUEC for all players has been set to be equal to the amount of UEC that is displayed on your RSI account. This is a change from previous patches and so players may notice a lower starting amount than normal. Keep in mind that any UEC that is contained within a game package is not included in your RSI account's UEC total, as that amount is intended to be added upon the live release of the game.
Check out our Currencies in Star Citizen guide for details on how to find your RSI account's bonus starting aUEC.
Additionally, to help you start building a balance of funds, these articles may help point you in the right direction to get going:
If you don't have a ship, you can always group up with friends or other players!