U.S. Immigration regulations require that OISS verifies your financial resources to cover the estimated fees and living expenses for the first year 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 Annual Cost

The adjusted current University estimate of the cost of attendance including tuition, fees, and living expenses for the 2022-23 academic year for international students is:

  • Undergraduate Students: $68,591
  • Graduate Students: $54,863
  • MTM Program: $84,737
  • Students with Dependents: Married students add $4,000 if accompanied by a spouse. Students bringing children add $2,000 for each child.

These amounts are estimates and your actual expenses may be higher or lower. Early in the admission process, we encourage you to look into housing options for current cost of living rates. Please contact UCSB's Housing department for questions about living on campus and UCSB's Community Housing Services about living off campus. 

OISS is required to verify funding for the first year only.

However, you may want to gather evidence to show financial support for your entire program, as American embassies and consulates may require this type of evidence before issuing your visa.

After you have been admitted to UCSB and have returned your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR), the next step in getting your visa to come to UCSB is to show that you have the funds to support you through the first year.

Work-study opportunities for international students are limited. Most grants or scholarships are limited to U.S. students, and some visas include restrictions on the type of work you can do in the U.S.

 

Acceptable sources of funding:

Student applying for an F-1 visa typically provide proof of funding for their first year from the following sources of funding:

  • 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 your first year of funding through the UCSBGlobal platform, when you submit your request for a new I-20 document. When you are submitting your request, you will be prompted to indicate:

  • Your program (education) level, such as undergraduate or undergraduate
  • Your source(s) of funding

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 must also upload a Sponsor Endorsement Form in UCSBGlobal. You only need to upload a Sponsor Endorsement Form if you have a financial sponsor. If you do not have a financial sponsor (i.e. your proof of funding is in your name alone), then you do not need to upload this form. 

Example 1: Student uploads a bank statement in their name alone, with an amount that meets the required minimum amount — no Sponsor Endorsement Form needed. 

Example 2: Student uploads a bank statement that belongs to their parent (financial sponsor), with an amount that meets the required minimum amount — Sponsor Endorsement Form needed. 

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 Funding
  • 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