How to Apply

Important information that you’ll need to know before applying to UC Santa Cruz. 


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Begin Your Journey

Costs & Financial Aid

We understand that finances are an important part of the university decision for you and your family. Fortunately, UC Santa Cruz has excellent financial aid for California residents, as well as scholarships for non-residents. You are not expected to do this on your own! As many as 70% of UCSC students receive some form of financial help from the Financial Aid Office.



Learn and live with us! UC Santa Cruz has a wide array of housing options, including dorm rooms and apartments, some with ocean or redwood views. If you would prefer to find your own housing in the Santa Cruz community, our Community Rentals Office can help you.

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Living and Learning Communities

Whether you’re living on campus or not, as a UC Santa Cruz student, you will be affiliated with one of our 10 residential colleges. Your college is your home base on campus, where you will find community, engagement, and academic and personal support. Our students love their colleges!

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Here are your next steps!

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Dates to keep in mind...
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