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Scholarship Opportunities

Financial aid and scholarships for students at UCSB and other institutions of higher education

UCSB staff and faculty members know that financial barriers are significant for many college-bound students, but strongly believe that with prior planning, many of these challenges can be addressed. Office of Education Partnerships program leaders work with campus partners, community groups and educators to share accurate, up-to-date financial aid and scholarship information with students.

In recent years, nearly two in three UCSB students relied on some form of financial aid. Students with demonstrated need are eligible to apply for Pell Grants, Cal Grants, SMART Grants, and a range of scholarships and loan options. UCSB students also benefit from advising by the UCSB Office of Financial Aid, Office of Education Partnerships, Early Academic Outreach Program, and Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) staff members.

For more information please visit the UCSB Office of Financial Aid, which focuses specifically on student financial aid and scholarships:

UCSB Office of Financial Aid

As part of UCSB’s community and school-based educational programs, staff overview local and national scholarship resources with students, parents and guardians in parent leadership groups and in public presentations by OEP staff.

The Office of Education Partnerships also manages a Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) scholarship program with a local corporate partner: Edison Scholars

Southern California Edison, has supported the Edison Scholars program generously since 2008. To date, 15 students have benefited from this scholarship program which prioritizes support for first generation, transfer students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Local and Regional Scholarship Resources

Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation:

Ventura County Community Foundation:

Additional Scholarship Resources

AB 540 Coalition
Adsum Education Foundation
American Indian College Fund
American Indian Education Foundation
American Indian Graduate Center
Catching The Dream
Chicano Organizing Research and Education
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
Hispanic College Fund
Hispanic Grants and Scholarship
Latino College Dollars
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
National College Access Network
National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)
Thurgood Marshall College Fund
United Negro College Fund

Resources to Enrich your College/University Education

U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs
UC Education Abroad Program

Student Financial Aid Directories:

Fast Web – Scholarship Resources