UC Santa Cruz scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students by the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office and by campus departments. Graduate Fellowships are awarded to graduate students by academic departments. Each year, about 2,200 undergraduate students receive scholarships from campus, government and private sources. More than 670 graduate students receive fellowships from campus, government and private sources.
All students are automatically considered for scholarships - an application is not required. Students applying for admission to UC Santa Cruz are encouraged to complete the scholarship section of the admission application. Graduate students should contact their academic department for information.
The major scholarship programs administered by the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office for undergraduate students are listed below.
This is UC Santa Cruz's most prestigious scholarship, and is awarded annually to approximately 50 incoming undergraduates, including freshmen (for four years) and entering advanced standing students (for two years). Applicants to UC Santa Cruz are automatically considered for the Regents scholarship. In addition to a monetary award, scholars receive priority enrollment and a campus housing guarantee.
Campus Merit Scholarship
Campus Merit Scholarships are funded by university alumni and friends. Scholarships are awarded to students in recognition of both academic achievement and demonstrated financial need. Each year, about 1,100 students receive renewable scholarships which pay from $500 to $1,500 per year.
- The UCSC Alumni Association distributes scholarships each year to new and current students. Students do not apply for this scholarships. The awards honor high-achieving students who have compelling financial need. These students are selected by the Alumni Association Council members in partnership with the Financial Aid office. For more information contact the Alumni Association.
The Page and Eloise Smith Scholastic Society helps former foster youth, orphans, wards of the court, and homeless youth achieve their dream of a college education. The Smith Society offers a wide array of student support services, a close and caring community, and various opportunities to become involved.
Some of our Smith students created a video to share their stories.
This award recognizes the academic achievement of non-resident students. Effective 2015-2016, entering non-resident students will be considered for the Undergraduate Dean's Award ranging from $12,000 to $30,000 depending upon class level and several other factors from your admissions application. The Dean's award is intended to offset non-resident tuition and will be rescinded if the student becomes a California resident.
Restricted ScholarshipsScholarships are for students who meet one or more of the criteria established by the donor. Criteria vary - examples include county/city of residence, special interests, and major field of study. Students who meet donor criteria are automatically considered for scholarships - no separate application is required. However, it is important to respond to the scholarship questions on the UC admission application when you apply for admission.