University of California Santa Barbara tuition is $11,502 per year for in-state residents. This is 63% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 51% cheaper than the average California tuition of $23,377 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 49th in California amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 96th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $39,516 which represents a 244% premium.
The school charges an additional fees of $2,949 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $14,451.
On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $15,169 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Santa Barbara should budget at least this amount.
The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,143.
If living on-campus, students should budget for $5,348 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $5,706 in other miscellaneous living expenses.
The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state California residents to go to UCSB is $36,111 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have California residence can expect a one year cost of $64,125.
Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for University of California Santa Barbara and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.
|California Resident Total Budget||$36,111|
|Room and Board||$15,169|
|On-Campus Other Budget||$5,348|
|Books and Supplies||$1,143|
|Non-Resident Total Budget||$64,125|
|Room and Board||$15,169|
|On-Campus Other Budget||$5,348|
|Books and Supplies||$1,143|
Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $36,111 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.
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.
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).
|Financial Aid Summary|
|Average Annual Net Price||$14,966*|
|Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid||57%|
|Average Total Grant Aid||$19,455|
|Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants||36%|
|Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid||$4,708|
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|
CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $36,111. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.
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.
Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.
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.
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 18th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.
|School||Cost vs. University of California Santa Barbara|
|California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo||50.1% less expensive|
|University of California Irvine||0% less expensive|
|University of California San Diego||0% less expensive|
|University of California Davis||0% less expensive|
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.
At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at UCSB is $144,444 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 $180,555 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.
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.
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 $73,900.30. 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.
|Monthly Loan Payment||$615.84|
|Number of Monthly Payments||120|
|Total Interest Cost||$14,340.30|
|Sum of All Payments over 10 years||$73,900.30|
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 $73,900.30 would be needed to afford a $615.84 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.
What will it cost to send your child to University of California Santa Barbara in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $11,220 to $11,502. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 0.5%. 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 $144,444.00. 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.
|Annual||4 Year Degree|
|Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024||$49,661||$198,644|
|Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029||$63,381||$253,526|
|Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034||$80,893||$323,570|
|Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037||$93,643||$374,573|
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 in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.
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||51% costlier|
|Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree||56||59% costlier|
|Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||46||49% costlier|
|Sociology Bachelor's Degree||46||56% costlier|
|Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree||44||60% costlier|
|Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree||40||40% costlier|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree||40||52% costlier|
|Communication, General Bachelor's Degree||38||66% costlier|
|Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other Bachelor's Degree||38||41% costlier|
|Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree||36||54% costlier|
|Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree||33||54% costlier|
|International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree||31||46% 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||60% costlier|
|Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree||25||22% costlier|
|Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies Bachelor's Degree||25||33% costlier|
|History, General Bachelor's Degree||24||57% costlier|
|Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree||24||38% costlier|
|Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree||23||31% costlier|
|Pharmacology Bachelor's Degree||23||28% costlier|
|Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree||22||26% costlier|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree||22||60% costlier|
|Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree||21||35% costlier|
|Philosophy Bachelor's Degree||20||42% costlier|
|Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree||19||63% costlier|
|Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree||17||35% costlier|
|Applied Mathematics, Other Bachelor's Degree||16||38% costlier|
|Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree||16||51% costlier|
|Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree||14||30% costlier|
|Asian-American Studies Bachelor's Degree||12||16% costlier|
|Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree||10||49% costlier|
|Chemistry, Other Bachelor's Degree||10||53% costlier|
|Hydrology and Water Resources Science Bachelor's Degree||9||46% 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||37% costlier|
|French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||8||39% costlier|
|Asian Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree||6||22% costlier|
|African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree||6||36% costlier|
|Anthropology Bachelor's Degree||5||42% costlier|
|Italian Studies Bachelor's Degree||5||2% costlier|
|Japanese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||5||22% costlier|
|History, Other Bachelor's Degree||5||44% costlier|
|Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree||5||64% costlier|
|Chinese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||4||19% costlier|
|Medieval and Renaissance Studies Bachelor's Degree||4||8% costlier|
|Comparative Literature Bachelor's Degree||3||15% costlier|
|Geography Bachelor's Degree||3||73% costlier|
|Near and Middle Eastern Studies Bachelor's Degree||3||7% costlier|
|Area Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree||3||27% costlier|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||3||59% costlier|
|Econometrics and Quantitative Economics Bachelor's Degree||3||22% costlier|
|Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree||3||56% 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||36% costlier|
|Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree||2||51% costlier|
|Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree||2||51% costlier|
|Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree||1||55% costlier|
|Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree||1||43% costlier|
|Zoology/Animal Biology Bachelor's Degree||1||62% costlier|
|Dance, General Bachelor's Degree||1||42% costlier|
|Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other Bachelor's Degree||1||21% costlier|
|Music, General Bachelor's Degree||1||55% costlier|
|Geophysics and Seismology Bachelor's Degree||1||32% costlier|
|Computer Science Bachelor's Degree||1||53% costlier|
|Physics, General Bachelor's Degree||1||46% costlier|
|Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology Bachelor's Degree||1||31% costlier|
|Portuguese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||1||37% costlier|
|Economics, General Bachelor's Degree||1||43% costlier|
Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for University of California Santa Barbara or model a student loan.
University of California Santa Barbara is a four year public college located in Santa Barbara, California. Full time enrollment is 23,803 and part time is 543.
Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.Address
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.