Financial Assistance

Tuition Estimates

It is estimated that a California resident may pay a total of approximately $17,966 in tuition and campus-based fees as a graduate student to complete a summer session and three academic quarters of the TEP.

Tuition Calculation Chart

Quarter Tuition Fees Total

$4,188.00 ($349/unit,
up to 12 units)

$223.42 $4,411.42
Fall $3,814.00 $704 $4,518.00
Winter $3,814.00 $704 $4,518.00
Spring $3,814.00 $704 $4,518.00
TOTAL     $17,965.42

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 Summer Session Fees & Billing webpages for the most updated details on UCSB tuition and fees.

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

Other Program Costs

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

Credential Fees Calculation Chart

Requirement Cost
CBEST (computer based) $184
CSET $198-$297
RICA (taken in Winter) $171
edTPA (taken in Spring) $300
Constiution Exam (if needed) $85
Certificate of Clearance $52.50
Fingerprinting $39
TB Testing Varies
CPR Certification $35
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.

Note: Costs are estimates and are subject to change.

FAFSA Information

All U.S. citizens and permanent residents interested in financial aid must complete and submit a 2019-2020 FAFSA to receive summer financial aid for 2020 and a 2020-2021 FAFSA to receive financial aid for Fall, Winter Spring of the 2020-2021 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

Once new students submit their Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) with a "Yes" answer, the UCSB Financial Aid Office TEP Advisor will create summer and academic year federal financial aid packages and award letters for new TEP students. Summer award letters are posted to new students' UCSB My Aid Status accounts in May.

DREAM Scholar Information

Dream scholars enrolled in UCSB’s Teacher Education Program (TEP) will be required to complete a California Dream Act Application. The California Dream Act is a combination of three bills, Assembly Bill (AB) 540, AB 130 and AB 131. Together, these bills allow undocumented and nonresident document students who meet certain provisions ot be treated the same as resident students. They allow these students to 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.

Note: If you have applied/received approval for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), then you should complete the CA Dream Act Application, NOT the FAFSA. For any further questions, please contact Diana Valdivia at

We also recommend reviewing this List of Graduate Scholarships that don’t require proof of citizenship or legal permanent residency. This up-to-date list, organized by deadline date, contains scholarships at the state and national level. 

Financial Assistance

For Special Education Applicants:

Local Solutions Grant (Reimbursement of up to $20,000)
The Santa Barbara County Education Office awards a reimbursement of debt incurred (up to $20,000) while obtaining a credential to Special Education teachers. Only UCSB teacher candidates pursuing an Education Specialist Credential are eligible to apply. The TEP Office will send out applications during your graduating year.

Please see the SBCEO informational sheet for more info and how to apply.

For Math & Science Applicants: 

Noyce Scholarship ($14,500 or $15,000)
UCSB teacher candidates pursuing a credential in mathematics or science can apply for a STELLER Noyce Teacher Scholar award of up to $14,500.
UCSB teacher candidates pursuing a credential in science can apply for a COASTAL Noyce Teacher Scholar award of up to $15,000.

Please review the CalTeach Noyce webpage for more eligbility information and application details. Applications are due in February 14, 2020.

For Local District Employees: 

Classified Credentailing Grant Program (Up to $4,000)
The Santa Barbara County Education Office provides funding of up to $4,000 per year to current Santa Barbara County classified employees who intend to puruse their Multiple Subject, Single Subject, or Education Specialist credential.

Please see the SBCEO informational sheet for more information.
Please see the SBCEO application sheet to apply.

For All Applicants:

Program Block Grants
Block Grants are need-based and administered by the Teacher Education Program. For 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 eApp (please see the Application Handbook for details). Students must have also filed both the 2019-20 and 2020-21 FAFSA or Dream Act Application 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 $1,500 to $6,000.

Privately Funded Fellowships and Scholarships
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 $500-$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.

5th Year Cal Grant Teaching Credential Benefits (covers cost of tuition)
If you have received a Cal Grant A or B award within 15 months of Fall quarter enrollment to the Teacher Education Program, you are eligible to apply for an additional year of Cal Grant eligibility.

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.

TEACH Grant ($4,000)
The U.S. Department of Education TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing coursework needed to begin a career in teaching. The TEACH Grant is administered by the UCSB Financial Aid Office. Please view the TEACH Grant webpage for full requirements and more information. Please note that this grant will convert into a loan if you do not meet or document your requirements. Some of these requirements include agreeing to teach:

  • In a high-need field
  • At an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families
  • For at least four complete academic years within eight years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which you received the grant

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan (up to $20,500)
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 certain elementary and secondary schools and educational service agencies that serve low-income families, and meet other qualifications, you may be eligible for forgiveness of up to a combined total of $17,500 on your Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Please view their website for more information.

Graduate Plus Loans (covers all other education costs)
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.