All students that submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year by the March 2 priority deadline are considered for scholarship support. There is no other application that needs to be submitted. Because of limited funds, almost all scholarships, including restricted scholarships (e.g.: specific backgrounds, academic interests, career objectives, etc.), are awarded to continuing students that have done very well academically at UCSB. Additionally, all scholarships administered by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships are awarded on the basis of need. None are awarded solely on the basis of merit.
New students tell us about their criteria that might meet specific restricted scholarship requirements when they complete the “Scholarship Opportunities” section in Step 2 of the online admissions application or the equivalent section of the paper admissions application. During that process, they are asked to review a list of eligibility characteristics and check off those that apply to them. These characteristics remain part of the students’ financial aid application records for future years’ scholarship consideration.
Financial Aid applicants are reviewed for scholarship eligibility at the time their other aid eligibility is determined; thus, scholarship eligibility will be posted on their Financial Aid Award Letter along with other aid for which they qualify. All awards are subject to the availability of funding.