Scholarships

Thank You Donors!

Scholarships provide critical support to the success of students at UCSB. Due to the generous support of donors, students have received over $2.2 million in scholarships. On behalf of the many students who have received support from scholarships, we would like to extend a special thank you to our generous donors!

The following list includes a variety of resources for scholarships, including University scholarships as well as scholarships from outside agencies:

Important Notice: Handling of Fall Agency Scholarships

Fall scholarships received more than 10 days prior to the first day of classes will be handled as follows:   

  • Scholarships WILL NOT disburse until 7-10 days prior to the first day of classes.
  • Scholarships for students not enrolled in sufficient units at or before census date WILL BE RETURNED to the scholarship agency.
  • Scholarships received for individuals we cannot verify as students WILL BE RETURNED to the scholarship agency upon receipt.
  • Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships Awards

    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.

  • Regents Scholarship

    The Regents Scholars selection committee conducts a comprehensive review of the applicant pool to determine the student’s strength and breadth of academic preparation. Selection is based on a thorough review of the admissions application, including, but not limited to, test scores and grades. To be eligible for the Regents Scholarship, you must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident,  or a non-citizen student qualifying under California Assembly Bills 130 or 131 with outstanding academic qualifications. Only students who fall under these categories are eligible for the Regents Scholarship.

    Regents Scholarship decisions are mailed in mid-February each year. All decisions are final; appeals are not considered for Regents Scholarship decisions. The Regents Scholarship is a prestigious award for incoming freshman whose UC application shows outstanding academic achievement. Visit the Admissions website for more information.

  • Departmental Scholarships

    The University of California, Santa Barbara has a variety of scholarship opportunities. While many scholarships are administered by our office, some are available through other campus departments. For some programs, there is no application process, and the recipients are selected on the basis of criteria already available to the university.

    For information about other scholarships available through the University colleges and departments, visit the following websites:

  • Scholarship Search Engines

  • Private Scholarship Sources

  • Informational Resources

  • Undocumented Students

    Although undocumented students may qualify for a tuition exemption under AB 540 legislation, UCSB cannot provide any federal funds to undocumented students. Undocumented students may pursue funds from outside agencies that determine eligibility for their funds without regard to citizenship status. University and state funds may also be available. Read more in our California Dream Application Bulletin.

    The following links list specific agencies/organizations that offer scholarships to undocumented students:

  • Middle Class Scholarship

    The Middle Class Scholarship provides undergraduate students with a scholarship to attend the University of California or California State University. Families with incomes up to $165,000 and a maximum annual household asset amount of $165,000 are eligible for the Middle Class Scholarship. In order to receive the Middle Class Scholarship, students need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application by March 2nd each year. 

    The award is determined after you are awarded any Federal Aid, State Aid and Institutional Aid. If you are selected to receive a Middle Class Scholarship, you will be notified by the California Student Aid Commission. The final award amount will also be based on the number of students that are eligible for the Middle Class Scholarship and the amount of funding allocated by the State Budget.

    When determining eligibility, the California Student Aid Commission takes into account all sources of grant funding and tuition paying scholarships or waivers already awarded to the student, the student's amount of tuition/fees and the parents' total income. Eligibility is calculated on a tier system so as the parents’ total income increases, the percentage of eligibility decreases. The maximum award will be up to 40 percent of the mandatory system-wide tuition/fees and the minimum is 10 percent. If the student’s combined grant funding from federal, state and institutional sources is already greater than or equal to the amount of their Middle Class Scholarship eligibility, the student will be ineligible for the scholarship.  

    Please note that if you receive Cal Grant, you are not eligible for MCS funds.

    For more information, you may visit the Middle Class Scholarship section of the California Student Aid Commission website.