U.S. Immigration regulations require that OISS verifies your financial resources to cover the estimated fees and living expenses for the entirety of your program before issuing your visa documents. These numbers are estimates. Your yearly expenses may be different, but this is the minimum amount OISS must verify for immigration.

Estimated Costs:

You will need to show evidence of financial resources to support your stay in the U.S. The amount varies, depending on how many quarters you will be attending UCSB. These costs are based on living expenses estimated by the university. 

  • 1 quarter: $6,600
  • 2 quarters: $13,200
  • 3 quarters: $19,800
  • Full calendar year (including summer): $26,400 
  • Students with Dependents: Married students add $4,000 if accompanied by a spouse. Students bringing children add $2,000 for each child.

After you have been accepted to the Education Abroad Program, the next step in getting your visa to come to UCSB is to show that you have the funds to support you through the entirety of your program.

 

Acceptable sources of funding:

As a J-1 student, you must provide proof of funding for the entirety of your program. Acceptable sources of funding include:

  • Personal funds 
  • Sponsor funds
  • Government or sponsoring agency (includes CONACYT, etc.)
  • UCSB Funding

Accepts forms of financial proof:

OISS accepts the following forms of financial proof from your sponsor(s):

  • Bank account statements translated to English
  • Proof of guaranteed loans
  • Financial award letters
  • Other official documents outlining liquid assets

Instructions for submitting your proof of funding:

OISS will collect proof of funding through the UCSBGlobal platform, when you submit your request for a new DS-2019 document.

You should be prepared to upload one or more of the acceptable forms of financial proof outlined in the section above.

If you indicate that a sponsor (such as a friend or family member) will be providing funding, you will be asked to enter their name and contact information. Your sponsor will then receive an email notification, requesting that they verify that they will be sponsoring funds in the amount that you indicated.

Requirements For Proof Of Funding

Here are some further requirements that must be satisfied, based on the type of funding source:

Funding Source

Requirements

All Types of Funds
  • Must be recently issued
  • Must be translated into English by an official (if originally in a language other than English)
  • We do not accept life insurance, property values, or other funds that are not liquid
Personal Funds
  • Must display your name as the financial account holder
  • Must show an account balance in the amount of funding that you have indicated or more
  • The account statement cannot be more than 90 days old
  • The account statement must be signed or stamped by the financial institution
Sponsor Funds
  • Must display your sponsor's name as the financial account holder
  • Must show an account balance in the amount of funding that you have indicated or more
  • The account statement cannot be more than 90 days old
  • The account statement must be signed or stamped by the financial institution
Government or Sponsoring Agency
  • Must display the name of your sponsoring agency
  • Must show that the awarded funds will be available in your first year
  • Must show the award funding amount
  • Must show that the funds were awarded to you
UCSB Funding
  • Must display the name of the UCSB department 
  • Must show that the awarded funds will be available in your first year
  • Must show that the funds were awarded to you
  • Should indicate type of support, such as:
    • teaching assistantship
    • research assistantship
    • fellowship
    • other