In order to be considered for any type of financial support (i.e. fellowships, financial aid, student loans, work study, etc.), all new and continuing U.S. citizens and permanent resident graduate students at UCSB are required to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is used by the UCSB Financial Aid Office to compile a need analysis that is then used to determine financial support packages. March 2nd is the FAFSA Priority Filing deadline for UCSB financial aid and Cal Grants.  To start a new FAFSA go to