UC programs help students, families afford college

UC Santa Cruz's Financial Aid and Scholarship Office is committed to making it possible for admitted students to attend UCSC regardless of economic circumstances.

Each year, the campus assists more than 10,000 students - or about 6 out of every 10 undergraduates - with scholarships, grants, loans, and/or part-time employment opportunities. We also assist graduate students with federal student loans.

The Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan is a UC financial aid program intended to expand access to the University for lower-income students by establishing a minimum level of grant aid for undergraduates with financial need and household incomes of less than $70,000

Fact sheets:

These resources, totaling over $160 million annually, help make UCSC's extraordinary learning facilities affordable to all California students.

News & Notes:

  • To receive student financial aid, you need to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every school year. See UCSC's Financial Aid and Scholarship Office site.


  • In a letter to current undergraduate students, UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal describes programs that can help students mitigate impact of fee hikes.


  • Financing your education at UCSC can be challenging. But, as illustrated in a special web feature, earning a degree from UCSC has tremendous value. We think you'll agree that the 30 students featured made the absolute most of the opportunities UCSC offers.