Financial Aid

How does it Work?

We notify the UCSB Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships that you are participating in UCEAP. Your financial aid package (including grants, scholarships, and loans) will cover the total cost of your UCEAP program. Your program budget consists of tuition, fees, room and board, insurance, roundtrip airfare, incidentals, transportation, etc. but not personal entertainment and leisure travel expenses. In general, if your UCEAP program cost is higher than your UCSB costs, you will be offered more loans to cover the increase. If your UCEAP program cost is lower, you will receive less financial aid. Visit the UCSB Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships webpage for details.

Get an Estimate

Before you apply to UCEAP, use the UCSB EAP Calculator to get an estimate of your financial aid on your specific program.

Students going on pre-ILP and summer programs and Cal Vet Tuition Waiver recipients, Promise Scholars, and other special circumstances, please email for your estimate as the calculator will not function. Include your perm, program name, country, and term you will study abroad.

Getting a financial aid estimate is particularly important if you are planning to study abroad for a summer program or during your 5th Year, as financial aid may be limited then. Cost estimates on the UCEAP website and on UCSB EAP materials do not include Non-Resident Fees which must be paid while on UCEAP (except for summer programs).

When will I get my Financial Aid Package?

You will receive notification of your revised award letter approximately 30 days before the start of your program. Your award can be viewed on your My Aid Status portal.  The award will be applied to your UCEAP finance account.

When are payments due?

You can find payment deadlines in your UCEAP portal. Financial Aid recipients DO NOT need to submit 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 the financial aid package is received.

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 get a study abroad scholarship?

Your scholarship will be factored into your Financial Aid package and applied to your UCEAP program fees.

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 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 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 happens with my Work-Study?

Work-study converts to loans.

Special note about UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP/Anthem)

UCEAP program costs do not include the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP/Anthem) EAP fee, which is mandatory for all UCSB EAP students that participate in fall, spring, or year-long programs. Students who submit an approved UC SHIP waiver request do NOT need to pay this additional cost. Unlike your other UCEAP fees, you will need to pay this fee through BARC. Learn more here.