Finances

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Q: How much does it cost to go to UC Santa Cruz?

A: For this information, please go to financialaid.ucsc.edu/costs/undergraduate-costs.html


Q: What types of financial aid are available?

A: The UC Santa Cruz Financial Aid and Scholarship Office works with students and their families to help make college affordable. The two types of aid available are gift aid (aid you don’t have to pay back) and self-help aid (low-interest loans and work-study jobs).

For more detailed information, please see the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office web site.

Non-U.S. students are not eligible for need-based aid.


Q: What is the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan?

A: The Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan is a university-sponsored guarantee in which undergraduate students who are in their first four years of attendance at UC -- or two for transfer students -- will receive enough scholarship and grant assistance to at minimum fully cover their system wide UC fees if their families have incomes below $80,000. To qualify students must be California residents and meet other basic eligibility requirements for need-based financial aid, including meeting the March 2 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application deadline and the UC Santa Cruz deadlines for submitting supporting documents we request.

UC Blue and Gold site


Q: What other financing options are available?

A: In addition to "need-based" financial aid programs, a variety of other financing options are available. Students may take advantage of part-time employment, private scholarships, and unsubsidized student loans. Parents may take out a federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) for up to the cost of education less any other financial aid received, or they may choose to borrow against their own assets. Parent loans require creditworthiness and have variable interest rates.

Some Facts about Financial Aid 2016-17
Algunos datos sobre ayuda financier para 2016-17


Q: How do I apply for financial aid?

A: To be considered for financial aid, UC Santa Cruz applicants need to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or the California Dream Act Application, due March 2. UC Santa Cruz applicants apply for university scholarships on the Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarships, due November 30 of the year before you plan to enroll.


Q: How much financial aid is offered for out-of-state students? 

A: Generally, non-California residents will not receive enough financial aid to cover non-resident tuition. However, new non-California resident students and new international students on a student visa are considered for the Undergraduate Dean's Scholarships and Awards, which offer between $12,000 and $40,000 for frosh (split over four years) or between $6,000 and $20,000 for transfers (split over two years). Also, students who attended a California high school for three years may qualify to have their non-resident tuition waived under AB540 legislation.


Q: How much financial aid is offered for international students? 

A: Need-based financial aid is not available for international students. We recommend that international students research scholarship opportunities that may be available in their home countries to study in the U.S. However, new non-California resident students and new international students on a student visa are considered for the Undergraduate Dean's Scholarships and Awards, which offer between $12,000 and $40,000 for frosh (split over four years) or between $6,000 and $20,000 for transfers (split over two years). Also, students who attended a California high school for three years may qualify to have their non-resident tuition waived under AB540 legislation. Please see the Paying for UCSC page for more information. 


Q: What if I don't qualify for financial aid?

A: Student Business Services, (831) 459-2519, offers a deferred payment plan that allows students to pay their fees each quarter in three monthly installments. You will receive information about this plan before you receive your first bill. In addition, you may make similar room-and-board payment arrangements with the Housing Office, (831) 459-2394.


Q: What if I have more questions?

A: The Financial Aid and Scholarship Office telephone number is (831) 459-2963. It plays prerecorded information 24 hours a day.

Office location: 205 Hahn Student Services

Office hours:

Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.