University of California-Santa Barbara

Public, Four-years School Located in Santa Barbara, CA

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How much is the UCSB tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, UCSB's tuition & fees is $14,965 for California residents and $45,742 for out-of-state students.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $38,250 for California residents and $69,027 for out-of-state students when a student lives on-campus.

UCSB Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
California Residents Tuition & Fees$14,965
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$45,742
Books & Supplies Costs$1,343
On-campus Room & Board$16,883
On-campus Expenses$5,059
Off-campus Room & Board$14,246
Off-campus Expenses$5,622
2023-2024 Projection
California Residents Tuition & Fees$14,985
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$46,011

How Much Does it Cost to Go to UCSB for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $194,003 at UCSB. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $281,333. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $197,975.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$46,820$68,718$48,601
Sophomore (2024-25)$47,923$69,777$49,186
Junior (2025-26)$49,052$70,863$49,786
Senior (2026-27)$50,208$71,975$50,402
4 Years Total$194,003$281,333$197,975
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$47,923$69,777$49,186
Sophomore (2025-26)$49,052$70,863$49,786
Junior (2026-27)$50,208$71,975$50,402
Senior (2027-28)$51,391$73,114$51,033
4 Years Total$198,574$285,729$200,408
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$49,052$70,863$49,786
Sophomore (2026-27)$50,208$71,975$50,402
Junior (2027-28)$51,391$73,114$51,033
Senior (2028-29)$52,602$74,282$51,680
4 Years Total$203,253$290,234$202,902
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$50,208$71,975$50,402
Sophomore (2027-28)$51,391$73,114$51,033
Junior (2028-29)$52,602$74,282$51,680
Senior (2029-30)$53,841$75,478$52,344
4 Years Total$208,043$294,849$205,459
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$51,391$73,114$51,033
Sophomore (2028-29)$52,602$74,282$51,680
Junior (2029-30)$53,841$75,478$52,344
Senior (2030-31)$55,110$76,703$53,024
4 Years Total$212,945$299,577$208,081

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, UCSB' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $12,960. Compared to public, four-years colleges in California, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $13,259.
University of California-Santa Barbara$14,965$45,742
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
California Four-years Colleges$20,867
Public Schools$4,034$13,259
Private Schools$23,111

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between UCSB and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (public, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
University of California-Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara, CA$14,965$45,742
University of New Hampshire-Main CampusDurham, NH$19,112$38,882
Ohio State University-Main CampusColumbus, OH$12,859$38,365
Utah State UniversityLogan, UT$9,228$24,802
University of VermontBurlington, VT$18,890$43,890
Stony Brook UniversityStony Brook, NY$10,560$30,350
University of Alaska FairbanksFairbanks, AK$8,640$22,752
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical CollegeBaton Rouge, LA$11,954$28,631
University of Nebraska-LincolnLincoln, NE$10,108$27,748
Purdue University-Main CampusWest Lafayette, IN$9,992$28,794
University of Illinois ChicagoChicago, IL$14,338$29,360

Financial Aid and COA

At University of California-Santa Barbara, 13,985 students (61%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $19,654.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at UCSB is $49,373 for students living on-campus and $47,299 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 2,877 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $20,389 and the average amount of student loans is $7,453.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
California ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (on-campus)$38,250$69,027
COA (off-campus)$36,176$66,953
Tuition & Fees$14,965$45,742
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$23,285$23,285
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$21,211$21,211
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$18,596$49,373
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$16,522$47,299
Average Financial Aid$19,654$19,654
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship13,98561%$19,654
Pell Grants6,95930%$5,515
Federal Student Loan4,26318%$5,136
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid2,87759%-
Grants or Scholarships2,58653%$20,389
Federal Grants2,32748%$5,232
Pell Grants1,28226%$5,630
Other Federal Grants2,32648%$2,131
State/Local Grants1,70735%$11,053
Institutional Grants2,13344%$10,165
Student Loan Aid1,12823%$7,453
Federal Student Loans1,06222%$4,417
Other Student Loans61313%$6,063
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level1,7491,614$21,125
110,001 or more335205$4,948

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

UCSB's acceptance rate is 29.18%. A total of 105,641 applicants applied to and 30,824 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 4,900 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 15.90%.
To apply to UCSB, 4 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record, Completion of college-preparatory program and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
Acceptance Rate29.18%26.02%31.81%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)15.90%15.64%16.07%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankConsidered But Not Required
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsNeither Required Nor Recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresNeither Required Nor Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

Student Population

University of California-Santa Barbara has a total of 26,420 students including 23,459 undergraduate and 2,961 graduate students. By gender, there are 11,729 male students and 14,395 female students attending UCSB. The school offers online degree programs and 10 students enrolled online exclusively (0.04% of all students).
Total26,124 11,72914,395
Undergraduate23,091 10,11612,975
Graduate3,033 1,6131,420

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address5221 Cheadle Hall, Santa Barbara, CA
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered188 Programs
Graduate Program Offered106 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate28.00%
Student Population26,420
Graduation Rate85%
Retention Rate92% (Full-time), 57% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate17 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties1,097 (Full-time), 151 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs4,693 (Full-time), 463 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$158,904
Average Staff Salary$78,860