UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Financial Aid

All students who will need financial assistance to attend UCSB are encouraged to complete the financial aid application process. Almost everyone thinks first of fees and tuition when considering the cost of a college education. But this is only part of the overall cost of attending a university. There are also living expenses, such as food, housing, books, supplies, transportation, and personal expenses. These can comprise more than half of the cost of your education.

At UCSB, we want every admitted student to be able to attend regardless of his or her financial circumstances. The University views your education as a partnership involving the University, the state of California, the U.S. government, you, and your family. The types of financial assistance programs the University administers include grants, scholarships, loans, and student employment. In order to receive an offer of financial aid from UCSB, a student must be admitted to UCSB in a degree-granting program. Students enrolled through UCSB Extension are not eligible.

Students receiving and expecting to receive financial aid must adhere to financial aid standards outline in The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships’ Satisfactory Academic Policy; for a complete copy of this policy, please visit http://www.finaid.ucsb.edu/Eligibility.asp.