Tuition Estimates

It is estimated that a California resident may pay a total of approximately $19,208 in tuition and campus-based fees as a graduate student to complete a summer session and three academic quarters of the TEP.

These are estimates in tuition based on the latest fee charts, other fees may apply once students start the program. Please review the Academic Quarter Fee Chart and the Summer Session Fees & Billing for the most updated details on UCSB tuition and fees.

Quarter Tuition UC Fees GGSE Fees Total
Summer $4,284.00 $233.40 $0.00 $4,517.40
Fall $4,088.00 $771.35 $37.50 $4,896.85
Winter $4,088.00 $771.35 $37.50 $4,896.85
Spring $4,088.00 $771.35 $37.50 $4,896.85
Total       $19,207.95


Note: The estimates above do not include UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) charges, which all UCSB students are automatically enrolled in. Students can waive enrollment with proof of comparable insurance and receive a refund for the UC SHIP fee. Please review their webpage for more details. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some or all instruction for all or part of the Academic Year may be delivered remotely. Tuition and fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the Academic Year. Figures for tuition and fees represent currently approved or proposed amounts and may not be final. Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California as determined to be necessary or appropriate. Final approved tuition and fee levels may differ from the amounts presented.

Financial Assistance Options

Eligibility: All credentials, with a preference for applicants who have demonstrated financial need, are from the Santa Barbara area or neighboring regions, have demonstrated a strong desire to teach in Santa Barbara, have strong ties to a Santa Barbara Unified pathway program, and/or from an underserved background, and/or who are first-generation college students, and/or who are bi/multilingual. 

Award total: Up to $40,000 

Deadline: February 1, 2024

More information: Please view our Community Teaching Fellowship Informational Flyer for more information. 

How to Apply: Complete the application by February 1, 2024.

Eligibility: Recipients must either (1) be pursuing a credential or authorization in a high-need field in Santa Barbara County (e.g., Special Education, STEM, and/or Bilingual Authorization in Spanish) and/or (2) demonstrate how they will diversify the teacher workforce in Santa Barbara County. Preference will go to applicants who indicate a strong commitment to teaching in Santa Barbara county upon completion of their credential.

Award total: $38,750

Deadline: February 1, 2024

More information: Recipients must agree to serve in a school within Santa Barbara county or another public school in CA for a period of at least four school years after completing their credential. Please view the application for more information.

How to Apply: Complete the application by February 1, 2024. 

Eligibility: Math & science credentials 

Award total: $15,000 

Deadline: February 1, 2024

More information: Please review the CalTeach Noyce webpage for more eligibility information and application details.

How to apply: Complete the application by February 1, 2024.

Eligibility: All credentials

Award total: Varies, typically $2,000-$8,000

Deadline: January 16, 2024

More information: Block Grants are need-based and administered by the Teacher Education Program. To apply, submit a Financial Aid Statement as part of the Program & Credentialing Requirements Google Form with your other application materials. U.S. citizens and permanent residents awarded Block Grant support are required to submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to receive this award.

Eligibility: Applicants must have received a Cal Grant A or B award within 15 months of Fall quarter enrollment to TEP

Award total: Cost of academic year tuition

Deadline: Rolling

More information: To apply submit the G-44 Form directly to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) after being formally admitted into TEP. 

Please note that if you were awarded a Cal Grant Award at another institution, you must complete the School Change process through WebGrants to ensure your extended entitlement is sent to UCSB. During this process, please use UCSB’s School Code #001320.

Students seeking to extend their Cal Grant award are required to submit the appropriate FAFSA application for the academic year they will be attending, and maintain sufficient financial need to qualify for a Cal Grant renewal. Once your eligibility has been determined, CSAC will send your information to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships in order to reassess your financial aid eligibility to include Cal Grant. This will result in changes to your Financial Aid Award Letter for the academic year.

Eligibility: All credentials 

Award total: Up to $20,000

Deadline: Rolling

More information: Please view the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) website for more information and application details. The Golden State Teacher Grant is funded by CSAC and administered by the UCSB Financial Aid Office. To receive a Golden State Teacher Grant, teacher candidates must agree to the following:

  • Complete their program and obtain their credential within 3 years from the first distribution of GSTG funds.
  • Commit to work at a priority school in California for 4 years within 8 years of completing their program.
  • Students who are unable to teach for the full four years will be required to pay back the grant, up to the full amount of the grant.

Eligibility: View the TEACH Grant website

Award total: Up to $4,000

Deadline: Rolling

More information: Please view the TEACH Grant website for more information and application details. The TEACH Grant is funded by Federal Student Aid and administered by the UCSB Financial Aid Office. To receive a TEACH Grant, teacher candidates must agree to the following:

  • Serve as a full-time teacher at a school or educational service agency that serves low-income students;
  • Teach in a high-need field; and
  • Complete the required four years of teaching within eight years after you graduate.
  • If you do not meet the requirements of your service obligation, the TEACH Grant will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. 

Eligibility: Varies by fellowship

Award total: Varies by fellowship

Deadline: TBA

More information: We are incredibly thankful to our generous donors for supporting Teacher Education Program students through a variety of privately funded scholarships. Scholarships vary in amount from $800-$5,000. An application will be sent to all TEP students at the beginning of Fall quarter.

Please view the TEP Private Fellowships and Scholarships document to learn more about the scholarships available.

Eligibility: Classified Employees in Santa Barbara County

Award total: Up to $4,320

Deadline: Rolling

More information: The Santa Barbara County Education Office provides funding of up to $4,800 per year to current classified employees who intend to pursue their teaching credential. Please see the SBCEO grant informational sheet for more information and how to apply.

Eligibility: U.S. citizens and permanent residents

Award total: Up to $20,500

Deadline: Rolling

More information: The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan program is administered by the UCSB Financial Aid office. Please review the UCSB Financial Aid Office Graduate Loans and the Unsubsidized Loans Federal Student Aid for more information. Questions can be directed to the UCSB Financial Aid office TEP advisor.

This loan has low interest rates and does not require credit checks or collateral. Students pay all the interest, although they can have the interest payments deferred until after graduation by capitalizing the interest. This adds the interest payments to the loan balance, increasing the size and cost of the loan. The UCSB Financial Aid office determines the amount students can borrow. The annual maximum per academic year that a student may borrow is $20,500.

This loan is eligible for the Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness program. Under this program, if you teach full-time for five complete and consecutive academic years in a low-income school or educational service agency, and meet other qualifications, you may be eligible for forgiveness of up to a combined total of $17,500 on your Direct Unsubsidized Loan. 

Eligibility: U.S. citizens and permanent residents

Award total: Covers all other education costs, no maximum

Deadline: Rolling

More information: The Graduate PLUS Loan program is administered by the UCSB Financial Aid office. Please review the UCSB Financial Aid Office Graduate Loans and the PLUS Loan Federal Student Aid webpages for more information. Questions can be directed to the UCSB Financial Aid office TEP advisor.

Federal legislation permits graduate students to borrow through the PLUS (Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students) Loan program. The Graduate PLUS Loan allows graduate students to borrow up to the full cost of education minus other Financial Aid received. A credit check will be performed during the application process. If you have an adverse credit history, you may still receive a Direct PLUS Loan by obtaining an endorser who does not have an adverse credit history.

FAFSA Information

All U.S. citizens and permanent residents interested in financial aid must complete and submit a 2022-2023 FAFSA to receive summer financial aid for 2023 and a 2023-2024 FAFSA to receive financial aid for Fall, Winter Spring of the 2023-2024 year. In order for the UCSB Financial Aid office to process your applications, the following questions on both FAFSA's should be answered as follows:

  • Student’s Grade Level in College: 1st yr. Graduate/Professional Degree
  • Type of Degree/Certificate: Graduate/Professional Degree
  • Working on Master’s or Doctorate?: Yes
  • School Code: 001320

Undocumented Student Information

Undocumented students enrolled in UCSB’s Teacher Education Program (TEP) will be required to complete a California Dream Act Application. Dream Scholars can pay the resident fees at public colleges and universities, apply for and receive private scholarships funded through public universities, state-administered financial aid, university grants, community college fee waivers, and Cal Grants. Please note undocumented students are not eligible for federal aid.

If you have applied/received approval for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), then you should complete the CA Dream Act Application. For any further questions, please contact Diana Valdivia at 

For more resources, we recommend visiting UCSB's Undocumented Student Services website and reviewing this List of Graduate Scholarships that don’t require proof of citizenship or legal permanent residency. This list is organized by deadline date and contains scholarships at the state and national level. 

Other Program Costs

There are many state requirements needed for the teacher credentialing process. These costs may include:

Requirement Cost
CBEST $30 per section
CSET $198-$396
Constitution Exam (if needed) $85
Certificate of Clearance* $52.50
Fingerprinting $39
TB Testing Varies
CPR Certification $45
RICA (MST & ESC only) $171
edTPA $300
Credential Application $100


*The Certificate of Clearance fee becomes a credit to be applied towards the issuance of an individual's teaching or service credential.