Financial Aid

Use your financial aid on UCEAP!

How Does it Work?

UCSB EAP notifies the UCSB Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships of your UCEAP participation status.  Your financial aid package (including grants, scholarships and loans) will be adjusted to the total cost of your UCEAP program. 

In general, if your UCEAP program cost is higher than your UCSB costs, you may be offered more loans to cover the increase. Visit the UCSB Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships EAP webpage for details.

Get an Estimate

When researching program options, use the UCSB EAP Calculator to get an estimate of your financial aid for a specific program. For fall, winter, spring, and year 2024-25 programs, wait until December 2023 to get an estimate.  You must use your new SAI (EFC) from the 2024-25 FAFSA which has a new way of calculating need.

Pre-ILP and summer program participants, Cal Vet Tuition Waiver recipients, Promise Scholars and students with other special circumstances, please email for an estimate, as the calculator cannot be used for these cases.  In your email, include your perm number, program country, name and term you will study abroad.

Getting a financial aid estimate is particularly important if you are planning to study abroad for a summer or during your 5th year, as financial aid is typically limited for those timeframes. Be sure to read the fine print.

When Will I Get My Financial Aid Package?

You will receive notification of your financial aid award letter for UCEAP approximately 30 days before the start of your program.  Your award can be viewed on your UCSB My Aid Status portal.  After you've taken the appropriate action on your package, the award will be applied to your UCEAP finance account in the UCEAP Portal.

If applicable, financial aid disbursements will be distributed no sooner than 10 days prior to your UCEAP program's start date.

When Are Payments Due?

You can find payment deadlines and make payments in your UCEAP Portal.  Financial aid recipients DO NOT need to make the first UCEAP payment of $950.  It will automatically be deferred to the second payment.  A $50 late fee will automatically be assessed but will be reversed once your financial aid package is received.

The second payment will consist of any remaining balance after your financial aid is applied. It is typically due on the first of the month in which your program starts. Year-long programs will have a third payment during the year. Payment plans are available to spread out payments.

Some payments, such as housing, visas or airfare, may be due before your financial aid is disbursed.  In this situation you are required to pay up front and may be reimbursed when you receive your financial aid disbursement.

What Happens if I Receive a Study Abroad Scholarship?

Your scholarship will be factored into your financial aid package and applied to your UCEAP program fees.

What Happens With my Work-Study Award?

Work-study converts to loans.

Do I Need to Complete a Separate Summer Financial Aid Application?

If you are participating in 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.  For example, you should have a 2021-22 FAFSA submitted for a summer 2022 UCEAP program.  Additionally, you do not need to submit the UCSB Summer Session application on the UCSB Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website.

Will Extending Participation on UCEAP Once Abroad Delay Financial Aid For the Following UCEAP Term?

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.

Can I Receive CalFresh or Equivalent Benefits Abroad ?

No.  These benefits are not available abroad.  Students are encouraged to speak to UCSB EAP about cost effective programs and scholarships, and the UCSB EAP Financial Aid Advisor to inquire if additional aid may be available.