Block Grants

According to the UC Office of the President and UCSB campus policies, Block Grant funds are intended primarily to support the cost of attendance (i.e., tuition, fees, Gaucho Health Insurance, and non-resident supplemental tuition) for new and continuing students.  Block Grants may also be used for stipends that can supplement other fellowships or employment.  

To receive these awards, students must be continuously enrolled and remain in good academic standing.  Student who have reached the P3 class level are not eligible for Block Grant funds.  U.S. citizens and permanent residents awarded Block Grant support are required to have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file by March 2nd.


Because departmental funds for fellowships are extremely limited, awards tend to be offered to incoming students with unusual promise and to continuing students with good academic promise. Decisions are based on the student’s past academic record, Graduate Record Examination scores, letters of recommendation, professional promise, and financial need.

There is currently no application process for Block Grant awards for newly admitted students. Department and/or emphasis faculty make award decisions based on a number of criteria - recruitment, financial need, academic promise, etc. Notification of awards is communicated to newly admitted students by the student’s assigned faculty advisor and in writing by the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education's Student Affairs Office.


Block Grants for continuing students are awarded through an application process that takes place in April-May for the following academic year.  Award decisions are typically announced at the end of May/beginning of June and are made based on financial need, academic standing, employment and various other factors.  In the past, award amounts have varied from $3,000 to $12,500 based on need as perceived by the Education Fellowship Committee.

Teacher Education Program

Block Grants are need-based and administered by the TEP. For Fall 2015 grant distribution consideration, students must have included a Financial Aid statement in their "Personal Achievements/Contributions" essay section, as part of the application essays and materials uploaded to their online E-App (please see each cohort's Application Handbook for details). Students must have also filed both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 FAFSA to be eligible.

The amount awarded to students varies each year depending on the number of applicants; for applicants to the most recent cohort, the range was from $2,000 to $6,000. The TEP awards the majority of Block Grant funds to its students during the application process.  Additional Block Grant award funds may be available during the academic year (e.g., international student practicum support, emergency situations, placement, travel, etc).  If you have an additional financial need/emergency during the academic year, please speak to your Cohort Coordinator:

ESC - Andrew Fedders
MST - Sarah Jacobs
SST - Tim Dewar