Financial Aid Help

Financial Aid Questions

For general questions about financial aid and scholarship disbursement, please contact:


Jenny McCracken
Financial Aid Advisor
Email: Jenny.McCracken@sa.ucsb.edu
Telephone: (805) 893-2616

Regents Scholarship Questions

Courtney Good
Admissions Counselor
Regents Scholarship Coordinator
Email: Courtney.Good@sa.ucsb.edu
Telephone: (805) 893-7285

Housing Questions

Pamela Cort
Housing Services
Email: PCort@housing.ucsb.edu
Telephone: (805) 893-4240

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The UCSB Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships has detailed information about financial aid and scholarship opportunities for students. Visit their website for a financial aid estimator and information on grants, loans, work-study opportunities and more.

Students are encouraged to contact their major department, their college and the UCSB Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, to find scholarships and research grants that may be available.

Financial Aid Abroad

Once enrolled at UCSBou can take your financial aid with you when you study abroad in an Educational Abroad Program (EAP). Visit the EAP website or learn more about studying abroad on our Student Life page.

Regents Scholarships

The Regents of the University of California established the prestigious Regents Scholarship Award in 1962 to recognize incoming undergraduates of outstanding academic achievement and promise. At UCSB, the award is coordinated by the Office of Admissions. Currently the award is $6,000 per year for four years for entering freshman. See what current Regents Scholars have to say about the award in an informational video:




Read the sections below for detailed information regarding:

  • The selection process
  • Program benefits
  • Maintaining scholarship eligibility
The Selection Process

The Regents Scholars selection committee conducts a comprehensive review of the freshman applicant pool to determine the student’s strength and breadth of academic preparation. Selection is based on a thorough review of the admissions application, including, but not limited to test scores and grades. To be eligible for the Regents Scholarship, you must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or a non-citizen student qualifying under California Assembly Bills 130 or 131, or an international student with outstanding academic qualifications. Only students who fall under these categories are eligible for the Regents Scholarship.

All freshmen admitted for the fall quarter at UCSB are considered for the Regents Scholarship, based on their UC Application for Admission. No additional information is required. UCSB typically offers the scholarship to students within the top two percent of admitted freshmen. Students are notified by U.S. Mail in early March if they have been selected. Decisions of the Regents Scholarship Committee are final. Appeals are not accepted.

Program Benefits
In addition to the monetary award, Regents Scholars receive:

  • Priority registration beginning winter quarter of the first year
  • Guaranteed housing in a university-owned residence hall for the duration of the Regents Scholarship
  • Enrollment in college honors programs
  • Enrollment in college honors programs
  • Extended borrowing privileges at UC Santa Barbara’s Davidson Library to accommodate research needs
  • Membership in UCSB’s Regents and Chancellor’s Scholars Association (RCSA)
The Regents and Chancellor’s Scholars Association (RCSA) provides:
  • Academic and social programming
  • Opportunities for leadership, networking, faculty interaction and community service

Maintaining Scholarship Eligibility
To remain eligible for their scholarship, Regents Scholars are required to maintain both a quarterly and cumulative GPA of 3.20. Should the cumulative GPA drop below 3.20, students are normally allowed two quarters to raise their GPA above 3.20 if it is the first occurrence. Similarly, should the quarterly GPA fall below 3.20, students are typically allowed one quarter to raise their quarterly GPA above 3.20. Exceptional situations will be reviewed by a faculty committee.

In cases of marked improvement, students may be given, at the discretion of a faculty review committee, an additional quarter to make up any deficits. Students who lose their scholarship may petition to have it reinstated

For more information on the Regents Scholarship, and a fuller description of the benefits and requirements, please consult the Regents Scholars Program brochure below. Please note that you must download Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the brochure.