On this page, you will find information on various budgeting and planning resources.


This a sample budget worksheet provided by the UCSB Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

This a sample budget worksheet provided by the UCSB Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

To find more worksheets like these, click here.

You can take free online course for financial literacy through CashCourse.

Food Benefits, Grants, Scholarships, and Loans

UCSB Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships 

Financial Aid staff can help answer any federal, state, and campus financial aid questions. They also have various budgeting and debt management resources.

CalFresh Information Session

What is Cal Fresh?  The CalFresh Program, formerly known as Food Stamps and federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy food at many markets and grocery stores. The amount of the benefit is based on the size of your household, your income, and your bills. CalFresh benefits come on a plastic card, called the Golden State Advantage Card, which you can use just like a debit card at most food stores. 

The CalFresh Program helps to improve the health and well-being of qualified households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs.  This is a Federally Funded Program and only permanent residents or citizens can qualify for the program.  Parents with children who are citizens can apply on their child’s behalf.

 Want More Information?

Click here for how to apply with a CalFresh Advocate.

Community Financial Fund Grant

The Community Financial Fund is now offering grants up to $400 per student per fiscal year (defined as being from July 1st – June 30th) for the entire undergraduate campus! Awards are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Pick up your checklist at the A.S. Ticket and Cashiers’ Office today (located outside the MCC across from Corwin Pavilion) to find simple steps to become eligible for this grant! Grant awards are not guaranteed and depend on Financial Aid status. You will be notified within 5  days of application receipt whether or not you are receiving the grant. Click here for more information.


ARRL Foundation Scholarships are open to students pursuing a college degree at a two-year or four-year institution who are active licensed amateur radio operators. Seventy different scholarships are available.

Associated Students Emergency Loans

A.S. issues interest-free emergency loans which are  processed through the A.S. Cashiers Office and applied to the University BARC account, to registered undergraduate students.

Student Parent Resources

Success in graduate school can go beyond success in academia. If you have a family, making sure you have adequate support for your family can be stressful and time consuming. UCSB offers support for those who have a family or are planning on starting a family while in grad school.

Graduate Student Association Graduate Student Emergency Relief Fund 

This fund is available for registered UCSB graduate students experiencing temporary and acute financial hardship.

 Associated Students Childcare Grant

Associated Students has grants for students who need extra childcare coverage during midterms and finals

Education Opportunity Program Grants

EOP offers grants for specific needs for EOP students.  Contact your EOP Advisor for more information.

Money Matters

This guide is a tool to help you navigate your finances day to day and access emergency help when you need it. It includes sections on sound money management and ways to ensure that your income is adequate to meet your needs.

Job Opportunities

Gaucho link

GauchoLink is the official site for jobs, internships, and campus interviews. In addition, it serves as a gateway to subscription services that are free for UCSB students.

Career Services Job Search

Check out the Career Services website for tips on how to find a job, how to research companies that interest you, and ways to fine tune your interview and networking skills. Also access links on information sessions and workshops held at UCSB that will help you become a more competitive applicant.


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