Financing & Scholarships

Financial Aid

  • UCSC Financial Aid: International students are not eligible for need-based federal aid, since it is reserved for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. However, the Financial Aid website has databases of university or private scholarships, grants, and loans that may be open to international students.
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators: This organization has helpful resources on how to search for financial aid for your studies in the United States. 


  • Sara Matthews Award: This scholarship, awarded by ISSS, is granted to deserving undergraduate international students of Sophomore or Junior standing at UCSC to help with educational costs. Selected UCSC international students will receive a scholarship ranging from $1,000-$3,000 that will be applied towards their Spring tuition. Applications and supporting materials must be submitted electronically. Deadline: February 28, 2017. Please email Adrienne Bergenfeld at with any questions.
  • Study California: The Study California Scholarship will be awarded each fall to three incoming (new) international students planning to enroll at a Study California member institution. The amount of each award will vary from year-to-year, but will be no less than $1,000 per student. Deadline: September 30th, 2016.