Financial Aid

Need-based aid is only available for domestic students. To apply for aid, a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted separately. More information is available through the UCSB Financial Aid Office. Note: A separate application is not necessary to be considered for financial support for those who have already submitted an application for admission. All awards are merit-based.

Financial Aid

Resident

Need-based aid is only available for domestic students. To apply for aid, a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted separately. More information is available through the UCSB Financial Aid Office.

Non-Resident / International

The Department endeavors when possible to provide out-of-state students with fellowships to directly cover the cost of non-resident tuition during their first year. Non-resident and international students cannot expect more than one year of non-resident tuition fellowship support. Out-of-state students who are US citizens or eligible non-citizens should take steps to establish California residency as soon as possible upon arrival. A one year residency in California is required to qualify.

International students must pay non-resident tuition, in addition to fees, throughout the duration of their studies at UCSB, as they cannot establish California residency. As this represents a large tax on grants or a significant hardship for students, relatively few international students are accepted to the Graduate Program.

Effective Fall 2006, the quarterly nonresident tuition fee is reduced by 100% for graduate doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy. Eligibility for the reduced nonresident tuition is measured in calendar years, and begins with the first academic quarter following advancement to candidacy. Leave of absence and unregistered quarters will not extend a student's eligibility. A student who continues to be enrolled or who re-enrolls three calendar years after advancing to candidacy will be charged the full nonresident rate in effect at the time. For updated information, go to the Office of the Registrar Fee Reductions page.