UCSB Promise Scholars Program

History and Purpose 

The UCSB Promise Scholar Program was established to recognize talented, incoming undergraduates who have demonstrated significant potential to embark on a journey of rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and student leadership. Currently the promise includes a minimum of $120,000 in financial support for incoming freshman students over their four years at UCSB, and $60,000 for transfer students over their two years at UCSB.

By promising our Promise Scholars predictable financial resources, we give them the opportunity to thrive academically and become active, productive participants of a world-class research institution like UCSB. The Promise Scholarship will promote attainment, completion, and overall success in all aspects of our Scholars’ education goals within the UCSB community. Most importantly, the UCSB Promise Scholar Program allows students and their families to plan for their total time at UCSB, rather than year-by-year like traditional financial aid programs.

Selection Process

Students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a California resident or eligible for AB 540, as determined by the Office of the Registrar
  • Fill out a FAFSA or California Dream Act Application and provide all requested documents by the priority deadline each year of attendance
  • Qualify for Cal Grant and Pell Grant, as determined by the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application
  • Have sufficient financial need as determined by the UCSB Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

In addition, student test scores, GPA, and extra-curricular excellence are taken into consideration through students' Admission’s Application.

All sources of scholarship and grant awards (federal, state, and institutional) will count towards meeting the $120,000 or $60,000 promise. In some cases, Promise Scholars may need to attend Summer Session to ensure maximum eligibility each year.

Promise Scholar Responsibility Policy

Promise Scholars are required to meet certain requirements throughout the duration of their undergraduate academic career in order to remain in good standing with the program.  Students who fail to meet these requirements will experience partial fee remissions and possible dismissal from the program. These requirements are as follows:

Program Benefits at a Glance :

  • Freshman Summer Start Program (FSSP)
  • INT 95 Series: The Modern Research Univeristy
  • Personalized EOP Counselling
  • Opportunity to Enroll in the Gene Lucas Undergraduate Research Fund

FAQ's :

  • What does my scholarship help pay for?
  • How do I use my scholarship funds to pay the billing office?
  • Can I use my scholarship money living off-campus instead of in the dorms?
  • Am I be able to use my scholarship when studying abroad?
  • Where will notifications, requests, and invitations be sent?
  • If I have my own health insurance and waive out of Gaucho Health Insurance, what will happen to my Gaucho Health Insurance Grant?

Contact Information

Holly Roose
Promise Scholar Program Director
(805) 893-2839

Natalie Gonzalez, M.S.Ed.
Counselor | Educational Opportunity Program
(805) 893-4758

Sergio Lagunas
Financial Aid Advisor
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
(805) 893-3760

Enrique Hernandez
Office Assistant
Promise Scholars Program