Cost of Attendance

Your Financial Aid cost of attendance (or "cost budget") is an estimation of the expenses you will incur as a student while attending the University of California, Santa Barbara. Some of the figures used in the cost of attendance are averages derived from the Cost of Attendance Survey (COAS) administered by the University of California, Office of the President, and updated annually for inflation. The survey is the best way to estimate student expenses at UCSB.* Other figures are fixed (such as student fees, non-resident tuition, and on-campus room and board). The cost of attendance is used to determine the maximum amount of Financial Aid in your award letter. The cost of attendance is based off the 9-month academic year.

These figures may not be final; actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California or, as authorized, by the President of the University of California. Accordingly, final approved levels and charges may differ from the amounts shown.

*You can also view local housing cost information from the U.S. Department of Housing Urban Development (HUD) and on the on the UCSB Community Housing website. Keep in mind local averages are not used to determine student cost budgets.


Select Options and Press "View Cost of Attendance" to Display Your Cost of Attendance

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  • Housing