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University of California-Santa Barbara Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$29,519 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$11,220 tuition
$14,015 on campus room & board
$1,431 books and supplies
$2,853 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$56,201 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$37,902 tuition
$14,015 on campus room & board
$1,431 books and supplies
$2,853 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$10,346 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
75% of students receive aid
39% get federal aid ($4,797 avg)
47% get state aid ($11,177 avg)
60% get institn'l aid ($10,346 avg)
41% get loans ($5,195 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 0.787% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 3.65% 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 $20,774 64%
Federal Grant Aid $4,797 39%
Pell Grants $4,797 39%
Other Federal Grants $2,387 0%
Institution Grant Aid $10,346 60%
State Grant Aid $11,177 47%
Student Loans $5,195 41%
Federal Loans $5,141 40%
Other Loans $6,044 1%

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
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State -
Out of State -


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 2
  • Eldar from Simi Valley, CA
  • I am a current student here

    You're going to pay a lot of money for the privilege of having immaculately clean and well maintained modern facilities. I find the quality of the buildings to be extravagant for a university, but it is also very comfortable and technologically advanced.

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  • NPFL from San Diego, CA
  • I am a past student here

    A great school all the way around if you can get in. Despite it's size in terms of # students, it feels much smaller because of the way the campus is arranged with the different buildings all centered around the library, and the campus on a peninsula separate from Goleta/Santa Barbara.

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  • 4
  • Arlene from Montebello, CA
  • I am a current student here

    As much as I love UCSB. I can't help but wish that education wasn't so expensive. The experience of being at UCSB is the best thing that has ever happened to me here, but being a broke college student sometimes gets hard. Paying so much for school is exhausting.

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  • 4
  • Celine from Brentwood, CA
  • I am a current student here

    You can see what your money goes towards at UCSB, from weekly cleaning services and maintenance for the dorms to free concerts and public speakers, along with on-campus career and psychological services.

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  • 4
  • lauren
  • I am a current student here

    pretty good. ucsb is almost 35k a year without financial aid of any kind, and provides a solid education combined with diverse extracurriculars. however, if you wanted to be smart about money and knew what your educational goals were, completing general education at a community college and then transferring would be a viable option.

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