2021 Summer Housing Incentive

UC Santa Barbara is excited to offer a housing incentive during Summer 2021, to support students who wish to leverage Summer Sessions to achieve their educational goals. This incentive credits eligible undergraduate students living in campus housing with up to $1000*! Additionally, in recognition of challenging circumstances around COVID-19, eligibility for the housing incentive in Summer 2021 has been expanded to include those who are living outside of university-owned housing. Eligible students may qualify for up to $500 in aid**. This incentive is intended to allow you to make the most of your summer by focusing on your coursework, knowing that you are living in free or substantially subsidized housing while you make progress toward your degree objectives. 

Eligibility Requirements 

  • UCSB Scholarship Eligible undergraduate

  • California Resident

  • Complete 12+ units during Summer Quarter 2021

How to Apply

Please consider which of these three categories you fit into, and read the corresponding information carefully.

Students Living in University-Owned Housing

If you make arrangements to live in university-owned housing for Summer 2021 and you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, you will automatically be considered for the incentive. This includes students participating in 2nd Year Summer

Students Living Off-Campus

If you are living in off-campus housing (whether it be an Isla Vista apartment or a residence farther afield), you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, and you wish to opt-in to the incentive, you will need to fill out a brief application. Applicants will be evaluated and funding distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until all available funds have been exhausted. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted before June 1st, 2021. The application cycle has closed for Summer 2021. 

Newly Admitted Students

If you are a newly admitted student participating in the Freshman Summer Start Program (FSSP) or Transfer Edge, and you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, you will automatically be considered for the incentive. 

For questions about this opportunity, please email info@summer.ucsb.edu.

For inquiries about specific apartments, living conditions, meal plans, and other details pertaining to housing, please email housinginfo@housing.ucsb.edu.


*Eligible students will receive a reduction of $1,000 off of their university apartment rent. If a student's total rent cost is less than $1,000, then the student will be charged $0. 
**Eligible students will receive $500 as part of their Financial Aid package to offset the burden of rent.