UCSC Campus Scholarships


UCSC offers a variety of undergraduate scholarships totaling over $3.7 million annually that can help fund your education.  They are awarded based on a variety of factors, which usually reflect the values and purpose of the donor of each award. Examples include county/city of residence, special interests, and declared major of study. Most UCSC scholarships are based on a combination of academic merits and financial need.  

For Graduate scholarships and awards, visit the Graduate Division website.

How to Apply

To be considered for all scholarships, complete your financial aid application by March 2nd each year. Your UC Admissions Application serves as your scholarship application. Be sure to cite any unique characteristics that apply to you in the “Scholarship” section of the Admissions application. It is also important to elaborate on your Personal Statement as this may also be used during scholarship selection.

Who is Considered

New and continuing undergraduate students who are California residents or AB540 eligible who have completed their UC Admissions Application by the deadline will be considered. The Dean’s Award is the only non-California resident scholarship at UCSC. Since most of the scholarships have financial need criteria, submitting your financial aid application by the deadline will increase your chances substantially.


Financial aid applications open in October and the UC Admissions application begins November for the upcoming fall of the next year. Admissions notifications begin in March and preliminary financial aid offers in late March.  At that time, Campus Merit, Regents, and Deans awards should be included in the aid offers for new students. All other campus scholarship notifications are sent beginning late fall quarter and throughout the academic year by various departments on campus.

Other UCSC Campus Scholarships 

There are also many other campus scholarships where selection is made by various committees outside of financial aid.  Refer to the website(s) below of your respective Division and/or college affiliation.