Tuition & Financial Support

Financial Support

Over 90% of the incoming PhD graduate students in Fall 2018 received full financial support.  Support can come in three ways:


Most pay a quarterly stipend plus tuition and health insurance, and sometimes non-resident supplemental tuition. Offers are made by the UCSB Graduate Division.

Graduate Student Research (GSR) Positions

GSRs pay a monthly stipend plus tuition, health insurance, and non-resident supplemental tuition. Offers are made by individual faculty members.

Teaching Assistantships (TAships)

TAships pay a monthly stipend plus tuition and health insurance.  TA positions, however, do not cover non-resident supplemental tuition. Offers are made by the department.

Need-based Financial Aid

Need-based aid is only available for domestic students. To apply for aid, a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted separately. More information is available through the UCSB Financial Aid Office.


Consult the Graduate Division website for more information on Graduate Student Fees and Fee Remission. The UCSB Office of the Registrar lists a summary of quarterly fees and expenses.

The following table lists only current tuition, health insurance and non-resident supplemental tuition per quarter, 2017-18.

  • Mandatory Fees: $4,523.10
  • Gaucho Health Insurance: $1108.00
  • Non-resident Supplemental Tuition: $5,034.00