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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

University of California Santa Barbara tuition is $11,220 per year for in-state residents. This is 70% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $6,614. The cost is 47% cheaper than the average California tuition of $21,229 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 46th in California amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 136th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $35,928 which represents a 220% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $2,748 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $13,968.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $14,594 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Santa Barbara should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,403.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $5,238 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $5,679 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state California residents to go to UCSB is $35,203 for the 2015/2016 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have California residence can expect a one year cost of $59,911.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 IPEDS survey response for University of California Santa Barbara and represent reported costs for the 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for University of California Santa Barbara
Estimated Budgets
California Resident Total Budget $35,203
   In-State Tuition$11,220
   Other Fees$2,748
   Room and Board$14,594
   On-Campus Other Budget$5,238
   Books and Supplies$1,403
Non-Resident Total Budget $59,911
   Out-of-State Tuition$35,928
   Other Fees$2,748
   Room and Board$14,594
   On-Campus Other Budget$5,238
   Books and Supplies$1,403

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What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $35,203 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported UCSB net price for in-state students is $14,966* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

57% of University of California Santa Barbara students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $19,455. 36 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,708. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of California Santa Barbara, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of California Santa Barbara
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$14,966*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid57%
Average Total Grant Aid$19,455
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants36%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,708

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$10,190
$30,001 to $48,000$11,353
$48,001 to $75,000$14,511
$75,001 to $110,000$22,816
$110,000+$30,464

Average Financial Aid Mix - $35,203 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $35,203. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

65%
18%
17%

Grants and Scholarships

 65% - $19,455

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, University of California Santa Barbara or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 18% - $5,499

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 17% -  $5,011

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.


*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if UCSB is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 92/100 for University of California Santa Barbara. Considering an average net price paid of $14,890, this leads to an overall value ranking of 83/100. This places the school 17th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. University of California Santa Barbara
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo51.2% less expensive
University of California Irvine0% less expensive
University of California San Diego0% less expensive
University of California Davis0% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at University of California Santa Barbara.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at UCSB is $140,812 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $14,890 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $59,560**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $176,015 or $74,450 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 42% of University of California Santa Barbara students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,499. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $20,452.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of California Santa Barbara? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $59,560, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $73,351.07. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of California Santa Barbara. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 57% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $14,890. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our University of California Santa Barbara student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

University of California Santa Barbara Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$611.26
Amount Borrowed$59,560.00
Interest Rate4.3%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$13,791.07
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$73,351.07

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend UCSB? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending University of California Santa Barbara, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $73,351.07 would be needed to afford a $611.26 monthly payment in the example $59,560.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to University of California Santa Barbara in the future? Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $140,812.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for University of California Santa Barbara.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2022$48,412$193,649
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2027$61,788$247,151
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2032 $78,859$315,434
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2035 $91,289$365,155

Tuition History

What was tuition at UCSB five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years if you enrolled. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1988 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2010$9,077$31,746 8.2%
2009$8,386$28,994 6.2%
2008$7,896$27,516 12.6%
2007$7,010$25,694 0.2%
2006$6,997$24,817 -0.9%
2005$7,062$24,018 14.9%
2004$6,148$20,358 40.9%
2003$4,363$16,742 1.5%
2002$4,300$15,374 12.2%
2001$3,832$18,244 -0.3%
2000$3,844$14,018 -3.6%
1999$3,988$13,562 -2.7%
1998$4,098$13,082 0%
1997$4,098$12,492 0%
1996$4,098$11,797 -6.3%
1995$4,372$12,070 20.9%
1994$3,617$11,315 21.3%
1993$2,983$10,682 25.8%
1992$2,371$10,070 43.6%
1991$1,651$7,567 -1.8%
1990$1,682$7,481 9.9%
1989$1,531$6,038 4.6%
1988$1,464$5,632 232.7%
1987$440$1,802

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of California Santa Barbara to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 78 50% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 56 59% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 46 48% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 46 55% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 44 58% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 40 39% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 40 51% costlier
Communication, General Bachelor's Degree 38 63% costlier
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other Bachelor's Degree 38 42% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 36 53% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 33 53% costlier
International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree 31 45% costlier
Aquatic Biology/Limnology Bachelor's Degree 31 52% costlier
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 30 29% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 26 58% costlier
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 25 21% costlier
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies Bachelor's Degree 25 33% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 24 56% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 24 37% costlier
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 23 31% costlier
Pharmacology Bachelor's Degree 23 31% costlier
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 22 27% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 22 59% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 21 34% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 20 41% costlier
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 19 63% costlier
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 17 34% costlier
Applied Mathematics, Other Bachelor's Degree 16 37% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 16 50% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 14 30% costlier
Asian-American Studies Bachelor's Degree 12 18% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 10 47% costlier
Chemistry, Other Bachelor's Degree 10 51% costlier
Hydrology and Water Resources Science Bachelor's Degree 9 42% costlier
LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES Bachelor's Degree 9 59% costlier
Physiology, General Bachelor's Degree 9 53% costlier
Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree 8 36% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 8 38% costlier
Asian Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 6 22% costlier
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 35% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 5 41% costlier
Japanese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 5 22% costlier
Italian Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 3% costlier
History, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 44% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 5 62% costlier
Chinese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 19% costlier
Medieval and Renaissance Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 9% costlier
Comparative Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 15% costlier
Geography Bachelor's Degree 3 72% costlier
Near and Middle Eastern Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 7% costlier
Area Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 26% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 3 57% costlier
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics Bachelor's Degree 3 22% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 55% costlier
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 2 21% costlier
Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 2 11% costlier
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 35% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 2 50% costlier
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 2 50% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 1 54% costlier
Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 42% costlier
Zoology/Animal Biology Bachelor's Degree 1 62% costlier
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 1 40% costlier
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 21% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 1 54% costlier
Geophysics and Seismology Bachelor's Degree 1 32% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 1 52% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 45% costlier
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology Bachelor's Degree 1 30% costlier
Portuguese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 37% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 42% costlier

Calculators

Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for University of California Santa Barbara or model a student loan.

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Estimate Loan Payments

Modify the loan assumptions to fit your financial situation and likely tuition price. Then calculate your payoff and loan payments for a University of California Santa Barbara student loan.

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About University of California Santa Barbara

University of California Santa Barbara is a four year public college located in Santa Barbara, California.  Full time enrollment is 22,976 and part time is 521.  For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 70,536 applicants. 23,026 were admitted and 4,473 enrolled.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Address
University of California Santa Barbara
5221 Cheadle Hall
Santa Barbara, California
93106

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of California Santa Barbara is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

University of California Santa Barbara cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110705 IPEDS survey data.

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