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Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$28,374 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$11,220 tuition
$13,275 on campus room & board
$1,428 books
$2,451 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)

$51,252 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$34,098 tuition
$13,275 on campus room & board
$1,428 books
$2,451 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$8,043 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
75% of students receive aid
35% get federal aid ($5,529 avg)
34% get state aid ($7,368 avg)
55% get institn'l aid ($8,043 avg)
49% get loans ($5,765 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 14.4% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 4.40% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $15,522 57%
Federal Grant Aid $5,529 35%
Pell Grants $4,470 34%
Other Federal Grants $1,185 35%
Institution Grant Aid $8,043 55%
State Grant Aid $7,368 34%
Student Loans $5,765 49%
Federal Loans $5,426 49%
Other Loans $10,571 2%

Merit Aid Available

Merit Aid

Merit Scholarships Available Amount freshman returning transfer graduate
$6,000 R N
- Y Y Y N
Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 2
Financial aid deadline: May 31
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Financial Aid Contact Info
552 University Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
(805) 893-8000


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 4
  • Andrew Shin
  • Apr-23-2014 I am a current student here

    Not a lot of people realize this but UCSB is a very tight-knit community for a campus so large as ours. People know about each other, people know of events going on, and everyone has a friendly personality. You can go around and say hi or start a conversation with anyone here and they will never respond harshly and if anything, be more welcoming to you. It's not all the great things we have that makes UCSB so great, it's the people you go to school with.

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  • Student from Riverside, CA
  • Mar-04-2014 I am a current student here

    To live in the dorms costs more that the total tuition for an instate resident. It's ridiculous. I think they believe that they can charge more because of location but they are sucking me dry. The tuition is reasonable and on that end I feel that I am getting my money's worth considering the good professors and tons of resources here for me to use (try to use as many as you can because whether or not you do you still get billed for it).

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