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Colleges / University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate29%
Acceptance Rate29%

UC Santa Barbara Tuition Information

In 2021, tuition for full-time students at University of California, Santa Barbara was $11,442 a year for in-state students and $41,196 a year for out-of-state students.

On average, college tuition goes up about 3% every year.

If this makes attending the college of your dreams sound impossible, remember, the "sticker price" of tuition doesn't tell the full story. Many students find the actual cost of college is far less than the total tuition after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are awarded. Additionally, student loans can make the amount you do have to pay out of pocket more manageable until you're done with college.

Tuition for international students at University of California, Santa Barbara is $41,196 per year.

In-state vs. Out-of-state Tuition at UC Santa Barbara

University of California, Santa Barbara is a public, state institution, so it offers a reduced tuition rate of $11,442 for in-state students who attend full-time. For students who are not considered California-residents, out-of-state tuition is $41,196 a year.

Public colleges and universities receive funding from the state government. Public, state schools can offer lower tuition for students who meet the requirements for in-state residency.

Attending a school where you are eligible for the reduced tuition offered to state residentscan drastically reduce the cost of tuition, as well as loans and interest owed. Take the time to verify your state's guidelines for how to qualify for in-state tuition. Each state has different requirements to qualify as in-state resident. Most states require students to have resided in the state for a certain period of time before qualifying. There may be other criteria as well, depending on where you live.

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Is UC Santa Barbara's Tuition Different for International Students?

UC Santa Barbara has the same tuition for international students as for those from out of state.

International students at University of California, Santa Barbara usually pay around $41,196 per year, before any scholarships, grants or other financial aid.

International students are not eligible for federal financial aid, but should research private or UC Santa Barbara-specific grants, scholarships, and other funding opportunities..

UC Santa Barbara Room, Board and Other Costs

In addition to the cost of tuition, there are other costs associated with college, like room and board, facility fees, and books and supplies. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at UC Santa Barbara.

House and Food Costs at UC Santa Barbara

Board costs may vary depending on the numnber of meals you intend to eat on-campus

How Much Do Books Cost at UC Santa Barbara?

The cost of books often surprises first-year college students. The real cost of books depends on the courses you take and the textbooks, computer programs, or other materials are required.. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy books from students who have already taken the course.

Yearly Fees

Most schools charge some yearly fees to help cover the cost of facilties, like the library, gym and computer labs.

There may be optional fees associated with participating in special activities, like Greek Life, or participating in sports or other extracurriculars. Many schools have ways so that those who may struggle to participate because of cost can find ways to lower or eliminate these costs.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Transportation costs at UC Santa Barbara

The cost of getting around in college can really vary. Will you drive, fly, or take public transportation to school? Is on-campus parking free, or will you need to budget for parking? Is the campus walkable? Do you own a car, or will you need to use public transportation? All of these questions can make a big difference in your estimated cost of transportation. Keeping in mind, first-year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

The location of a college or university can impact your transportation budget. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the flip side, transportation in a city is often expensive, but there may be more trains, busses or affordable flights to actually get to school. The University of California, Santa Barbara campus is located in a suburban setting in California.

Personal Expenses and Other Costs

When budgeting for college, be sure to take into account the cost of things like going out to eat or see shows, furnishing your living space, and things like haircuts, clothes and, yes, even toilet paper and shampoo.

Now, let’s do a rundown of all of the costs associated with college, to get a better estimate of what is really costs to go to UC Santa Barbara.

Total Cost of UC Santa Barbara

What will the cost of attending UC Santa Barbara be? Here is a breakdown of tuition and expenses.

2022 Total Tuition and Expenses
In-state Tuition $11,442
Out-of-State Tuition $41,196
Other expenses $4,791

The total estimated cost will vary depending on whether you are going to live on-campus or off-campus.

Total Estimated Costs

Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.

University of California, Santa Barbara Financial Aid

In 2022, 11,165 of the 23,091 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. UC Santa Barbara meets 78.1% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $24,798 a year. Around 43% of UC Santa Barbara undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. UC Santa Barbara graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $18,508 of student loan debt.

The average debt for each loan type varies.

Average Debt By Loan Type
Federal Loans $16,560
State Loans $8,810
UC Santa Barbara-Specific Loans $1,612
Private Loans $35,058
Most Common Loans for UC Santa Barbara Students
Federal Loans 41%
State loans 1%
Institutional Loans 3%
Private loans 3%

Most students take out institutional or government loans, because they tend to have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than private loans. Loans from the federal government can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest during school, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest at the time the loan is issued. If students do no qualify for enough federal loans to cover the cost of tuition, some take out private loans. Parents can also take out ParentPLUS loans, which are government loans for parents who are helping their children pay for college.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps colleges determine how much financial need students and their familes have, so they can offer a financial aid package that meets, or come close to meeting, their need. For more information on UC Santa Barbara financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at UC Santa Barbara

Some students may receive grants and scholarships to help pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.

In 2022, UC Santa Barbara awarded 10,898 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $236.6 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $9.17 million in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

Net Cost of UC Santa Barbara

The net price of college is the actual cost of attending a school for one year. Net cost is calculated by subtracting any scholarships, grants or other aid that does not need to be paid back from the total cost. Student loans are not part of the calculation, because they need to be repaid.

Now that we have a sense of the total estimated costs for UC Santa Barbara students, we can subtract the average financial aid package to find the estimated net cost. Net cost can vary depending on a students’ need and the financial aid award received.

When considering whether a school fits your budget, it is important to consider the estimated net cost, not just the sticker price of tuition. Often, schools with the highest tuition also offer the most generous aid packages, so estimate your net cost before eliminating a school because it does fit your budget.

The average amount of financial aid received by a full-time first year student with demonstrated need at UC Santa Barbara was $24,798 in 2022. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of UC Santa Barbara seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
In-State, On-Campus $-29012
Net In-state, Off-campus $-4032
Out-of-State, On-Campus $25,540

What will attending UC Santa Barbara really cost you? The answer depends on several factors.

As of 2011, colleges are required to have a net price calculator on their website to help prospective students and their families understand the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the UC Santa Barbara's net cost calculator on their website.

UC Santa Barbara Tuition Payment Plans

Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.

Students cannot pay tuition in installments. Contact the financial aid office to verify this and discuss options.

UC Santa Barbara Tuition Waivers

Schools sometimes waiver tuition for certain groups, to reduce the total cost of attendance. Some schools offer tuition waivers for faculty, staff, and their families , underrepresented students, or military students. Even if you qualify for a waiver, students are usually responsible for housing, meal plans, and other expenses.

UC Santa Barbara has some full or partial tuition waivers available for: - Employees or Children of Employees

Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.

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UC Santa Barbara Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$31,095

In State

$60,087

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$11,442
$40,434
Fees
$2,949
$2,949
Housing
$15,520
$15,520
Books
$1,184
$1,184

UC Santa Barbara Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

49%

Average Financial Aid Package

$23,540

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

26,124

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

29%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$14,391

Out-of-State

$43,383

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Nov 30
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