University of California, Santa Barbara

How to Apply

To apply for Financial Aid, students must complete one of two Financial Aid Applications.

FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application that most students need to complete. To assist students with filling out the FAFSA, our office has created the 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA tutorial series.

To be eligible to file the FAFSA, students must:

Dream Application

The other method of applying for Financial Aid is the California Dream Application. To assist students with this application, we have created the California Dream Application tutorial. This application became available following the passage of two California Assembly bills, AB 130 and AB 131. Together, these bills became known as the California Dream Act. The California Dream Act makes certain undocumented students eligible for State and University Financial Aid.

To be eligible to file the California Dream Application, students must:

Tips

Here are a few key things to remember when applying for Financial Aid:

  • Only one application is required, either the FAFSA or Dream Application, not both
  • Complete a new FAFSA or Dream Application each academic year
  • Complete your application by March 2. If you miss this deadline, you may miss out on free money!
  • Remember to list UC Santa Barbara‚Äôs school code 001320

Additional Application Requirements

  • Scholarships: The University awards a limited amount of scholarships to students each year. There is no additional application requirement for these scholarships. However, a student may also pursue other scholarships which have their own specific application requirements. For more information, visit Scholarships
  • Cal Grant: The Cal Grant, a grant awarded to California residents, has additional application requirements beyond the FAFSA or Dream Application. Refer to the Types of Aid - Cal Grant for more information

After Filing Your Application

  • Approximately 1-2 weeks after you complete the FAFSA or Dream Application, you will receive your Student Aid Report (SAR). Carefully review your status and follow the instructions if you need to make any corrections. Our office will receive your information as long as UC Santa Barbara is listed in the School Selection section
  • Newly admitted freshmen will be sent an e-mail in April informing them to view their Unofficial Financial Aid Eligibility Letter, which will assist them in their admissions decision
  • Newly admitted transfers will be sent an e-mail in May informing them to view their Unofficial Financial Aid Eligibility Letter, which will assist them in their admissions decision
  • All students will be sent a U-Mail informing them to check the status of their Financial Aid application in My Aid Status