How to Request a Tax Return Transcript

For students/parents who are required to submit tax information, please note that the IRS Data Retrieval Tool will be unavailable for the 2017-2018 FAFSA. For this reason, 2015 Tax Return Transcripts must be requested through the IRS. When ordered through mail, phone, or fax, the IRS will process your request within 10 business days. Step-by-step instructions on how to request a Tax Return Transcript can be found here.

 Financial Awareness Counseling

The Department of Education has released a new tool to help you understand your financial aid and to assist in managing your finances and debt.
Financial Awareness Counseling

UCSB Financial Aid Matters Guide

Learn all about how financial aid works at UCSB with lots of helpful tips and descriptions of what to expect.
Matters Guide

UCSB Student Financial Guide

Access helpful tips online for managing your money, read our “Money Matters” booklet, and find a complete list of the available sources of financial assistance around campus.

Financial Literacy

Learning to effectively manage your finances is an important skill to learn while you are in college. In the current economic climate, financial literacy on college campuses is a growing concern. More and more parents and students are turning to loans to fund the increasing cost of a college education. The financial decisions that students make now will impact them for years to come. is brought to you by the National Endowment for Financial Education, an independent, nonprofit foundation committed to educating Americans on a broad range of financial topics and empowering them to make positive and sound decisions to reach their financial goals.

Budget Planning Tools

Our office encourages students to budget their money wisely in order to avoid over borrowing or the use of high interest loans and credit cards. In an effort to help students track their Financial Aid, income and expenses we have developed two budget calculators. These budget calculators are Microsoft Excel files, optimized for use on Microsoft Windows.

Simple Budget Planner »

A simple personal finance budget planner that allows you to quickly sum the costs associated with each quarter at UCSB.

Monthly Budget Planner »

A detailed planner for comparing monthly income and expenses, including projected and actual amounts.

Financial Aid Estimator

The Financial Aid Estimator provides an estimated Financial Aid Award Letter for prospective students.