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How Financial Aid Works for Global Learning Programs

If you receive Financial Aid, your financial aid package goes with you abroad or away and is redesigned to meet program costs. Regardless of where you go in the U.S. or the world, on a UC Global Learning program you could receive the same percentage of financial aid that you receive for attending UC Santa Cruz.

Request an Estimate

The UCSC Financial Aid and Scholarship Office allows students to request a financial aid estimate for a program financial aid package before you apply to the program. However, summer financial aid estimates are often not available until Winter Quarter. Financial Aid Advisors will review the program's estimated total cost of participation (not including personal costs for independent travel, entertainment, and shopping) and adjust your financial aid package. 

Before you meet with an advisor, decide on the program(s) you are interested in and request a financial aid estimate. We recommend that you ask for two program estimates, to compare and contrast your options.

Estimate Requests

  1. Download and complete the Estimate Request Form.
  2. Attach the completed form to an email addressed to the UCSC Financial Aid and Scholarship Office at finaid.specialprograms@ucsc.edu. Allow up to four weeks for the estimate request to be processed.

Financial Aid Advising

Visit the UCSC Financial Aid and Scholarships website for Study Abroad and Away Students. For questions about financial aid on global learning programs, email finaid.specialprograms@ucsc.edu.


Financial Aid Packaging Timeline

UCSC Global Seminars

Student financial aid packages are available on your student portal as per the normal Summer Session schedule.

Students must participate in at least 6 units over the summer in order to be eligible for financial aid. If students take 10 units, they will be eligible for summer grants. The 10 units can be through a combination of courses through Summer Session and Global Seminars.

UCSC Virtual Global Internships

Student financial aid packages are available on your student portal as per the normal Summer Session schedule.

UCSC Exchanges

Financial aid packages appear on your student portal. Students participating in a UCSC Exchange Program may find they receive their financial aid disbursement earlier, around the same time as, or later than their program start date. If the program start date is earlier than the start of the UC Santa Cruz quarter in which the program occurs, students will need to be prepared to cover any estimated out-of-pocket expenses until they receive their disbursement. The UC Santa Cruz financial aid disbursement and bill pay schedule can be found at financialaid.ucsc.edu.

UCEAP

Student financial aid packages will be available on your student portal 30-45 days prior to the start of your program. Financial aid is typically sent to UCEAP and posted to your UCEAP finances account two weeks prior to your start date. If you have any questions regarding UCEAP aid/refund disbursements, contact your UCEAP Finance Accountant for your program.

UCEAP requires an initial payment of $950. However, students on financial aid receive an automatic deferment for your first UCEAP payment of $950. This means that the first payment is pushed back to the second payment deadline, which occurs after Financial Aid funds have been disbursed directly to UCEAP on your behalf. This way, financial aid students only need to pay UCEAP the difference if financial aid does not cover the entire amount. If your financial aid package exceeds your Fees owed to UCEAP, then the remaining aid funds go directly to you no sooner than 10 days prior to your program start date.

UCDC

Financial aid packages are available in your student portal as per the normal academic year calendar schedule. Students must enroll in 12 units or higher in the UCDC program, which constitutes you as a full-time student eligible for full aid. If the program start date is earlier than the start of the UC Santa Cruz quarter in which the program occurs, students will need to be prepared to cover any estimated out-of-pocket expenses until they receive their disbursement. The financial aid office can work with SBS to have students receive their credit balance 10 days before the start of the program.


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