Transfer Students

Welcome Transfer Students!

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is here to assist you with all of your financial aid related needs and our goal is to provide you with the services necessary to achieve your educational goals.

We are committed to providing accurate, user-friendly, responsive, and respectful service to students and their families. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can help in any way. On behalf of the Office of Financial and Scholarships, I wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors.

  • How to apply?

    Refer to How to Apply for more information.

  • How much will this cost?

  • What types of aid can I get?

    Cal Grant

    Cal Grants are administered by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). Refer to Grants for more information.

    UCSB Scholarship

    This scholarship is made available by the University of California. It is awarded to undergraduate students who are considered on-time applicants and who are determined to have sufficient financial need. Refer to Grants for more information.

    Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan

    It is a Financial Aid Initiative for University of California undergraduate students. The goal of the new "Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan" is to ensure that UC system-wide fees do not deter the half of California households with incomes below $80,000 from aspiring to a UC education. Refer to Grants for more information.

    University Scholarships

    Refer to Scholarships for more information.

    Private Scholarships

    Refer to Scholarships for more information.

    UCSB Work-Study

    Work-Study is a need-based form of Financial Aid that you earn through on- or off-campus employment and receive in the form of a paycheck.

    Students who submitted a DREAM ACT application and are eligible to receive Work-Study can activate this award only if they obtained a social security number after the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) granted them Deferred Action Status and received an Employment Authorization Card, otherwise known as DACA recipients.

    Additionally, all qualifying Work-Study recipients must maintain a minimum study load of six (6) units each quarter.

    Refer to Work-Study for more information.

    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 $177,000 and a maximum annual household asset amount of $177,000 are eligible for the Middle Class Scholarship. Refer to Scholarships for more information.

    Pell Grant

    This is a federal grant for high-need undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree. Eligibility is determined by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that is produced from the FAFSA.

    Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

    This is federal grant aid that must be awarded to students with the highest need. It is awarded to undergraduate students who are considered on-time FAFSA applicants and who are determined to have sufficient financial need.

    Federal Direct Student Loan

    All Direct Loans are either subsidized or unsubsidized. With subsidized loan interest does not accrue until after students graduate or leave school. To receive a subsidized Direct Loan, you must have financial need.

    With unsubsidized loans, interest begins to accrue after the first disbursement. We recommend that students make payments on the interest while they are in school to reduce the total loan balance at the point of graduation.

    Many students combine subsidized loans with unsubsidized loans to borrow the maximum amount permitted each year.

    Refer to Loans for more information

  • Financial Aid Timeline

    Early October

    FAFSA/ CA DREAM application becomes available. OFAS begins receiving information. Check your status on your My Aid Status student account.

    March 2nd

    • FAFSA/CA Dream Act Application Priority Filing Deadline
    • Cal Grant GPA deadline


    Continuing Students

    The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships begins sending requests for required documents for students who are selected for verification. Students are notified via email and can view their required documents on our website through their My Aid Status portal.

    Newly Admitted Students

    • Unofficial Financial Aid Award Letters available through Admissions
    • Required documents will be added to your My Aid Status account for students who are selected for verification after a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) is submitted.


    Financial Aid Award Letter: The Office of Financial Aid will begin awarding aid for the 2018-2019 academic year. This process will continue throughout the summer, as students submit required documents. This is our highest volume processing season, and you should not expect to receive an Official Financial Aid Award for at least a month from the time you submit required documents.

    June 15, 2018

    Deadline to submit Financial Aid verification documents if selected for verification.


    Pending disbursements will display on My Aid Status.

    September 18, 2018

    The Office of Financial Aid will begin crediting funds to your UCSB BARC account. Grants and Scholarships are automatically credited

    September 15, 2018

    Undergraduate Fee Payment Deadline - Fall Quarter

  • Contacts and Campus Resources

    Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

    The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is here to assist you with all of your financial aid related needs. Please email:

    UCSB Transfer Student Center

    The Center connects resources for transfer students to survive and thrive academically and socially, and to prepare for life beyond UCSB – whether in a graduate school, a professional school, or a career.

    Transfer Student Center website

    Non-traditional Student Resource Center

    The Non-Traditional Student Resource Center provides a community space for students whose life experiences may differ from traditional students. It is a home for any student who is:

    • An undergraduate student over 24 years old (25+)
    • A graduate student over 29 years old (30+)
    • A domestic partnered /married student
    • Student with dependent(s)
    • Re-entering student
    • Student veteran


    Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

    EOP Counselors practice a holistic counseling approach that takes into account a range of factors that contribute to student success. In partnership and collaboration with other departments, counselors work with students individually and through group settings to address broader student issues.

    Transfer Student Alliance

    The Transfer Student Alliance is an organization dedicated to helping Transfers with the unique challenges they face when starting at UCSB. Whether you need help transitioning socially, academically, or professionally, UCSB's TSA is here to help solve your problems and answer any of your questions.
    UCSB Transfer Student Alliance Facebook

    First Year and Graduate Student Initiatives

    Education 118: The Research University and the Transfer Student Experience This course is for new students transferring from a non-UC institution. Education 118 is a 4.0 unit course that introduces new transfer students to the mission of the research university, the role of higher education in society and their role, as students, within a community of scholars. Topics cover academic, social, and personal issues that are relevant to college students and specifically transfer students. ED 118 utilizes faculty and staff to create a unique and positive learning environment. Students are encouraged to become active participants in making their experience what they want it to be.