Summer Savings


We view summer as a season of growth and possibility, and we strive to offer cost savings and financial incentives to keep opportunity affordable.


Financial Aid 

Summer financial aid packages are available to qualified students. It is important to note that packages are calculated based on actual summer enrollment data, and will be adjusted if a student makes schedule alterations. In order to be considered, a student must have a 2021–2022 FAFSA or CADAA on file. For additional information and instructions, read through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship's Summer Aid page.


In-State Tuition Benefits

Summer Quarter is unique in that it is the only optional quarter in the academic year, and as such, things happen a little differently! All students pay the same tuition and fees as a California resident during the summer months, allowing international and out-of-state students to benefit from cost savings while making progress to degree. To learn more about the structure of fees in the summer, visit our Cost of Attendance page.

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Housing Incentive

UC Santa Barbara is excited to offer a housing incentive during Summer 2022, to support undergraduate students who wish to leverage Summer Sessions to achieve their educational goals. This incentive credits eligible students enrolled in 12 units or more with up to $1000 to offset summer housing expenses! 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 substantially subsidized housing while you make progress toward your degree objectives. Students can qualify for this incentive whether living in university-owned housing, an Isla Vista residence, or farther afield. If you are looking for summer housing, the University & Community Housing Services Office can be a helpful resource. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • UCSB undergraduate student

  • UCSB Scholarship Eligible

  • California Resident or AB540 Eligible 

  • Enroll in 12+ units during Summer Quarter 2022*

How to Apply 

*Applications are closed for 2022*

Students who meet the eligibility requirements listed above and wish to apply for the incentive must 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 students who submit the application by June 1, 2022, and award notifications can be expected the week of June 6, 2022. 

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

For inquiries about specific apartments, living conditions, meal plans, and other details pertaining to housing, please email
*if your registration drops below 12 units, you may lose eligibility for this incentive.


Scholarship Courses

Each summer, a small selection of courses offer scholarships to qualified students, to offset the unit fees associated with the course. These scholarships are intended to reduce barriers to enrollment for students who have passion that exceeds financial resources. To view the list of Summer 2022 scholarship courses, visit our Course Spotlight page and use the search tool to filter for scholarship courses. Should you find an opportunity that speaks to you, use your UCSB NetID to log in to the scholarship application portal, and follow the prompts to submit your materials for consideration. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis.