Financial Support

Establishing California Residency for Tuition Purposes

Every entering student is classified as a resident or non-resident of California for tuition purposes. U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have come to UC Santa Barbara from outside the state of California should establish California residency as soon as possible through the Office of the Registrar. If the appropriate steps have been taken students should obtain California residency by the beginning of their second year.

Information on requirements and procedures for establishing legal California residency can be found at the Office of the Registrar's Establishing California Residency for Fee Purposes or by contacting the Campus Residency Deputy, Office of the Registrar at residency@sa.ucsb.edu, 805-893-3033, or 1105 Student Affairs and Administrative Services Building.

Registration Fees and Financial Planning1

A detailed assessment of the costs for the current academic year may be found on the following Registrar's web pages:

  • Graduate Student Quarterly Fees and Expenses gives a summary of basic tuition, fees, and fee credits (i.e., graduate student fee remission for academic appointees, and non-resident supplemental tuition reduction)
  • Estimated Cost of Attendance gives an estimate of the typical expenses that a graduate student would incur
  • What is the easiest way to determine and pay my Tuition and Fees?

    If you have received your bill for tuition and fees, and you know which fee offsets you will receive (Partial Fee Remission, paid health insurance, and Nonresident Supplemental Tuition Reduction), determine your balance by using the fee structure tables for California residents and nonresidents. Pay the balance of your fees and/or tuition at the Cashier's Office or online by using Gaucho e-Bill.

  • How are Fee Credits and/or Tuition Reductions applied to my BARC Account?
    • If you qualify for Fee Remission as a Teaching Assistant, Associate, Graduate Student Researcher, Reader, or Remedial Tutor: Your department's staff member who handles employment reports your fee remission eligibility to the Graduate Student Fee Remission (GSFR) system.
    • If you are receiving a departmental fellowship: Graduate Division processes your tuition and fee credit when notification of the fellowship is received from your academic department.
    • If you are receiving a central (University) fellowship: Refer to your Graduate Division award notification letter.
    • If you are receiving an extramural fellowship: The processing of fee and/or tuition credits depends on the nature of the fellowship.
    • If you qualify for Nonresident Tuition Reduction: This service is not a function of Graduate Division. It is a reduced assessment of tuition that is administered by the Office of the Registrar based on information that is provided by the Academic Services section of Graduate Division. The Nonresident Tuition Reduction is for graduate doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy, subject to the understanding that (1) a graduate doctoral student may receive the reduced nonresident tuition rate for a maximum of three years, and (2) any such student who continues to be enrolled or who re-enrolls after receiving the reduced fee for three years will be charged the full nonresident tuition rate that is in effect at that time.
  • What if I cannot pay my Fees and/or Tuition by the Late Payment Deadline?

    There are a number of reasons why you may not be able to pay your fees and/or tuition by the late payment deadline. However, you must establish "fees paid" status by the deadline in order to avoid a late charge and protect the classes for which you have registered. In such an instance, we recommend that you enroll in a fee payment plan. The fee is $25. Note that you must pay for your graduate student health insurance before you can take the payment plan option.

    For more information regarding fee payment plans please see Business and Financial Services Payment Plans. You may also consult a customer service representative at the Central Cashier's Office, Student Affairs and Administrative Services Building (SAASB) 1212. The Payment Plan Agreement Form is available online.

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2016-2017 Graduate Student Fees and Fee Remission

Graduate Student Fee Remission (GSFR)

With respect to Partial Fee Remission for TAs, Readers, Tutors/Remedial Tutors, and other eligible Academic Student Employees at appointments of at least 25% (100 hours), the current Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that the University shall provide a Partial Fee Remission of mandatory tuition and fees. Note that campus-based fees are not covered under Partial Fee Remission. Please refer to the UAW and UC Agreement for additional information. The remissions quoted above are consistent with the terms of the current contract. Please be aware that future wages, terms, and conditions are subject to modification based on the collective bargaining process.

GSFR applies fall, winter, and spring quarters to eligible registered graduate student academic appointees. Students whose fees are paid through an extramural fellowship are not eligible for this program. Teaching Assistants, Associates, Tutors, Remedial Tutors, and Readers whose appointments total at least 25%, and GSRs whose appointments total at least 25% but less than 35% (140 hours), and meet all other criteria are eligible for partial fee remission and Gaucho Health Insurance (GHI) credit. GSRs who are appointed at least 35% and meet all other criteria qualify for a full fee remission and GHI credit.

For detailed fee remission information, please see the Academic Appointments Fee and Tutition Remission section.

Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition Reduction

Non-resident Supplemental Tuition Reduction (NRT) is 100% for graduate doctoral students (international students or domestic non-residents who have not established California residency for tuition purposes) who have advanced to candidacy, subject to the understanding that a graduate doctoral candidate may receive the reduced non-resident tuition rate for a maximum of three years. Eligibility for the reduced non-resident tuition is measured in calendar years, and begins with the first academic quarter following advancement to candidacy. Leave of absence and unregistered quarters will not extend a student's eligibility. A student who continues to be enrolled or who re-enrolls three calendar years after advancing to candidacy will be charged the full non-resident rate in effect at the time.

Tuition, fees, and other charges are subject to change without notice by the Regents of the University of California.

Resident Graduate Student Quarterly Fee Structure**

Basic Fees Eligible for GSFR (Partial Fee Remission)
Mandatory Tuition and Fees $4,416.27 $4,416.27
Gaucho Health $1,050.00 $1,050.00
Sub-total $5,466.27 $5,466.27
Gaucho Health Credit -- -$1,050.00
GSFR Credit -- -$4,098.00
Total $5,466.27 $318.27

Non-Resident Graduate Student Quarterly Fee Structure

Basic Fees Eligible for GSFR (Partial Fee Remission)
Mandatory Tuition and Fees $4,416.27 $4,416.27
Gaucho Health $1,050.00 $1,050.00
Non-Resident Tuition $5,034.00 $5,034.00
Sub-total $10,500.27 $10,500.27
Gaucho Health Credit -- -$1,050.00
GSFR Credit -- -$4,098.00
Non-Resident Tuition Reduction -- --
Total $10,500.27 $5,352.27
Eligible for Non-Resident Tuition ReductionOnly Eligible for GSFRandNon-Resident Tuition Reduction
Mandatory Tuition and Fees $4,416.27 $4,416.27
Gaucho Health $1,050.00 $1,050.00
Non-Resident Tuition $5,034.00 $5,034.00
Sub-total $10,500.27 $10,500.27
Gaucho Health Credit -- -$1,050.00
GSFR Credit -- -$4,098.00
Non-Resident Tuition -$5,034.00 -$5,034.00
Total $5,‚Äč466.27 $318.27