Summer Research Academies

Cost of Attendance

Commuter and Residential Options

SRA students can choose between commuter and residential options when planning their summer experience. Commuter students are expected to have local accommodations, and reliable transportation to campus each day. Residential students live in the UC Santa Barbara dorms with other pre-college students for the duration of the program. They enjoy meals in the campus dining commons, and partake in a wide variety of supervised social activities outside of their academic experience. For more details on the commuter and residential options, please explore Student Life

2023 Program Cost Breakdown

Commuter Option

  • $75 Application Fee (non-refundable)

  • $200 Enrollment Deposit (non-refundable; applied to the Tuition and Program Fees)

  • $2,300 Tuition and Program Fees

Residential Option

  • $75 Application Fee (non-refundable)

  • $200 Enrollment Deposit (non-refundable; applied to the Tuition and Program Fees)

  • $2,300 Tuition and Program Fees

  • $5,399 Housing and Meal Fees (These fees apply to residential students only, and are collected by Summer Discovery. Visit the link for details regarding fees and payment schedule.)

The application fee is due at submission of application. This fee is non-refundable.

The enrollment deposit is due at time of acceptance confirmation. Enrollment deposits are applied to the tuition and program fees. This fee is non-refundable.

The remainder of the tuition and program fees are due on or before May 16, 2023.

Please contact Summer Discovery for additional housing and meal information.

Please note that you will be given the option to complete your tuition payment by credit card or eCheck. A 2.75% convenience fee will apply when paying by credit card. This fee is charged by our payment processor. Transactions completed by eCheck do not incur a processing fee, but will require that you provide your bank routing number and account number.

To withdraw, the student must notify Pre-College staff in writing (via email) prior to the start of the program. Refunds cannot be considered until a formal email request is received.

Application fees and enrollment deposits are non-refundable. The remaining tuition and program fees are refundable according to the following deadlines:

Full refund through May 23, 2023

50% refund through May 30, 2023

No refund after May 30, 2023


A limited number of scholarships are available and awarded based on need, qualifications, and availability. Priority is given to California residents. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please indicate your interest within your program application. Your guardian will receive an email to complete the scholarship application if you are admitted into the program.