FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions

Please first review the official FAQs:

Do I need to complete a separate Summer financial aid application? 
If you are going on a Summer UCEAP program you do not need to complete a separate FAFSA if you have already completed a FAFSA for the current academic year.  Additionally, you do not need to do the UCSB Summer Session Application on the UCSB Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website.

How will my financial aid be adjusted for my UCEAP program costs? 
If the UCEAP Program Budget is higher than the budget for UCSB, then you will be offered either a combination of loans and grants or just loans to meet the cost of the UCEAP program. If your UCEAP budget is less than that of UCSB then your aid will be reduced to meet the cost of the UCEAP program. If you have questions about how your aid will be adjusted, please contact the UCSB Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Will extending participation once abroad delay financial aid for the following UCEAP semester?
Perhaps. The UCSB Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will need to re-package your financial aid and send your new award letter to UCEAP for processing.

What are the differences between the loans that we are offered, for example Perkins, Federal Direct Plus Loans, Federal Direct Student Loans, etc? 
Primarily the interest rate and the grace period before repayment begins. It is strongly recommended that you contact the UCSB Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for details.

Will my Regents scholarship apply towards UCEAP? 
Yes. This scholarship will be included in your financial aid award letter and will automatically be sent to UCEAP. However, if you choose not to file the FAFSA, please contact the UCSB Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to alert them so that they can send your Regents Scholarship to the UCEAP for processing.

What if I receive an outside scholarship? How will that apply to my UCEAP account?
If you receive a scholarship which requires you to pick up a paper check from BARC, these checks will be mailed to your permanent address on file while you are abroad. If the check is payable to the University, it will be forwarded to your UCEAP account.

Are there extended payment plans?
Yes! Contact your UCEAP Student Finance Accountant. See “Contacts” on the left hand menu.

What if I need to withdraw from the program because I cannot afford the cost?  
You should speak with your UCSB EAP advisor and the advisor at the UCSB Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to determine if you might be eligible for any additional funding. You must alert your UCSB EAP advisor in writing if you are thinking about withdrawing from your program. Withdrawing after the UCEAP Withdrawal Deadline for your program can be costly.

Should I complete the Power of Attorney form?
Yes. UCEAP students are strongly encouraged to arrange for a relative or other responsible party to have power of attorney for the time they are abroad. See the link on the left hand menu.

Can I use my Veteran benefits on UCEAP?
Yes. For information please see the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad: Money Matters. Direct any inquiries to contact Alex Splan, VA Certifying Official in the UCSB Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships:  Alexandra.splan@sa.ucsb.edu, 805-893-8905.