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UCSB Tuition & Fees Report

Inexpensive In-State Tuition & Fees
Expensive Out-of-State Tuition & Fees

How Much Does University of California - Santa Barbara Cost?

Learn the base cost of University of California - Santa Barbara by getting details on in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees. Compare tuition and fees to nationwide and state averages to put those costs in context. You can jump to any of the following sections in our UCSB cost report:

How Much Does UCSB Charge for Tuition?

$14,417 In-State Tuition & Fees
$44,171 Out-of-State Tuition & Fees

In 2020-2021, the average out-of-state tuition and fees at University of California - Santa Barbara ran about $44,171 per year for students working on an undergraduate degree. If you were a California resident, the yearly charges were $14,417.


UCSB tuition and fees is for one year of attendance, not including room and board.

Remeber that many students qualify for scholarships and financial aid that will lower the amount they have to pay.

How much does University of California - Santa Barbara cost for part-time students?

Go to the Cost Per Credit Hour page for details.

How Do UCSB Tuition & Fees Compare to Other Schools?

The national out-of-state average for tuition and fees is $19,933 a year. University of California - Santa Barbara is fairly expensive when compared to other schools across the United States. It's yearly out-of-state tuition and fees costs for undergrads is $44,171.

Undergraduates who attend school in the same state they live in pay around $16,784 in yearly tuition and fees. Undergraduates who hail from California pay an average of $14,417 a year to attend UCSB, making the school a bargain if you only consider tuition and fees alone.

The chart below shows how UCSB compares to other schools nationwide, in the region, and in the state.

NationwideFar Western USCalifornia
Out-of-State Tuition & FeesExpensiveExpensiveExpensive
In-State Tuition & FeesInexpensiveInexpensiveInexpensive

Note that a school may appear to be more expensive than another school when you look at tuition and fees alone, but it may actually be a better deal when you factor in financial aid packages. For more details on that, see: University of California - Santa Barbara Financial Aid.

UCSB Tuition & Fees Five Year Projection

0.06% In-State Tuition Increase
0.61% Out-of-State Tuition Increase
$57,790 Est. 4-Year Cost

In-state UCSB tuition and fees grew with an average annual rate of 0.06% over the past five years. California residents may pay an estimated $14,434 this school year.

If the in-state UCSB tuition and fees growth rate stays consistent, two years of study could cost $28,877, and four years would cost $57,790.

During the same time period, tuition and fees for out-of-state students have increased by 0.61%. Out-of-state students will be charged approximately $44,707 in this academic year if the costs keep going up at the same rate.

This means an estimated $89,685 for two years of out-of-state tuition and fees at UCSB, and $180,458 for four years.

The following chart shows projected upcoming tuition and fees for undergraduates at UCSB.


Factor Cost Increases Into Your Budget

Unless your school has advertised price freezes, it is likely the cost of tuition and fees will go up every year. Make sure you factor this into your budget.

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