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University of California-Santa Barbara Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$29,305 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$11,220 tuition
$14,115 on campus room & board
$1,444 books and supplies
$2,526 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)

$52,183 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$34,098 tuition
$14,115 on campus room & board
$1,444 books and supplies
$2,526 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$7,391 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
75% of students receive aid
41% get federal aid ($4,597 avg)
41% get state aid ($11,806 avg)
62% get institn'l aid ($7,391 avg)
47% get loans ($6,027 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 7.56% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 2.22% 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 $18,022 63%
Federal Grant Aid $4,597 41%
Pell Grants $4,578 41%
Other Federal Grants $2,008 0%
Institution Grant Aid $7,391 62%
State Grant Aid $11,806 41%
Student Loans $6,027 47%
Federal Loans $5,444 46%
Other Loans $17,498 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
  • NPFL from San Diego, CA
  • Aug-07-2017 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
  • Aug-04-2017 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
  • Feb-23-2017 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
  • Jun-13-2016 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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  • 4
  • Benjamin from Ventura, CA
  • Jan-02-2016 I am a current student here

    Cheaper than a private school, and with the recent rankings placing UCSB at 8th nationally for a public university, and 8th in California for all public and private universities, its definitely worth the investment. There's cheaper schools out there but they don't offer the education UCSB does, not to mention UCSB's location is second to none. Housing costs seem a lot better priced when the dorms are beachfront, as opposed to near the cows like at Davis.

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