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 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.

  • Graduate Students

  • 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 $171,000 and a maximum household asset amount of $171,000 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 (including the UCSB scholarship and health insurance grant) 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.

  • Regents Scholarship

    The Regents of the University of California established the prestigious Regents Scholarship Award in 1962 to recognize incoming undergraduates of outstanding academic achievement and promise. At UCSB, the award is coordinated by the Office of Admissions. Currently the award is $6,000 per year for four years for entering freshmen.

    Regents Scholarship Program 2018

    UCSB - Regent Scholar's Student Perspectives

    Program Benefits

    In addition to the monetary award, Regents Scholars receive:
    • Priority registration beginning winter quarter of the first year
    • Guaranteed housing in the university residence halls for the first year, guaranteed housing in either the university residence halls or apartments for subsequent years, and priority consideration for preferred building and room type for the duration of the Regents Scholarship. (Housing application deadlines and class level eligibility must be met.)
    • Enrollment in college honors programs
    • Extended borrowing privileges at UC Santa Barbara’s Davidson Library to accommodate research needs
    • Membership in UCSB’s Regents Scholars Association (RSA)

    The Regents Scholars Association (RSA) provides:

    • Academic and social programming
    • Opportunities for leadership, networking, faculty interaction and community service

    The Selection Process

    The Regents Scholars selection committee conducts a comprehensive review of the freshman 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.

    All freshmen admitted for the fall quarter at UCSB are considered for the Regents Scholarship, based on their UC Application for Admission. No additional information is required. UCSB typically offers the scholarship to students within the top two percent of admitted freshmen. Students are notified by U.S. Mail in early March if they have been selected. Decisions of the Regents Scholarship Committee are final. Appeals are not accepted.

    Maintaining Scholarship Eligibility

    To remain eligible for their scholarship, Regents Scholars are required to maintain both a quarterly and cumulative GPA of 3.20. Should the cumulative GPA drop below 3.20, students are normally allowed two quarters to raise their GPA above 3.20 if it is the first occurrence. Similarly, should the quarterly GPA fall below 3.20, students are typically allowed one quarter to raise their quarterly GPA above 3.20 for the first or second occurrence. Exceptional situations will be reviewed by a faculty committee.

    In cases of marked improvement, students may be given, at the discretion of a faculty review committee, an additional quarter to make up any deficits. Students who lose their scholarship may petition to have it reinstated.