UC Santa Cruz is committed to helping graduate students find the support they need to make their studies successful.

The following kinds of financial support are available through the Division of Graduate Studies. Individual departments may offer other forms of support.

New: 5-Year / 50% Program

Beginning in fall 2020, UC Santa Cruz will be offering new and continuing doctoral and MFA students support packages of 5 years (2 for MFA) with a minimum level of support equivalent to a 50% teaching assistantship. In total, this program will bring all doctoral and MFA student support—stipend, fees, tuition, GSHIP, etc. up to a minimum of $43,000 annually.

New: Housing Supplement

The campus will offer an annual housing supplement of $2,500 for doctoral and MFA students in good standing through the Office of Financial Aid until additional campus graduate student housing is available. 

The 2019-2020 housing supplement was allocated to PhD/MFA students in good standing, pro-rated for the number of quarters students were registered full-time (or $833/quarter). For quarters in which students were registered part-time, they were allocated 1/2 the supplement. Students on in absentia and LOA status were not eligible for the supplement.

If you believe that you received an incorrect amount, please fill out this form.

In addition, Slug Support will be offering two new temporary housing assistance programs to graduate students. One program will support gaps in rent (or other housing related costs) for this academic year or summer, and a security deposit assistance program. These programs are in addition to Slug Support’s existing year-round emergency housing fund that graduate students have access to for these needs as well.

Information about the payment of the Housing Supplment can be found here.

Additional Types Of Financial Support

In addition to multi-year funding packages and housing supplements, the campus offers support through fellowships, graduate student researchships or a teaching assistantships (depending on the availability of funds and the recommendation of the student's department).

Certain kinds of support are awarded on the basis of academic merit, and others are granted on the basis of need. Graduate students are encouraged to apply for both kinds.

Regents Fellowships

A limited number of these fellowships are awarded to first-year graduate students in master's and doctoral programs. These awards provide a stipend and/or payment of university fees except non-resident tuition.

Chancellor's Fellowships

A limited number of these fellowships are awarded to first-year graduate students in doctoral programs. These nine-month awards provided a stipend of $24,000 plus payment of all university fees.

Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowships

These state-funded, merit-based fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to first-year graduate students who have overcome significant social or educational obstacles to achieve a college education, and whose backgrounds equip them to contribute to intellectual diversity among the graduate student population. The Cota-Robles fellowship provides a stipend during the regular academic year of $21,000 plus payment of all university fees (except non-resident tuition); for the summer quarter, a $3,000 stipend is awarded. The Cota-Robles Fellowship is part of a five-year total support package.

The department provides support (usually in the form of TA or GSR appointments) for two years; the Graduate Division provides two years of fellowship plus an additional year for those fellows who advance to candidacy within normative time.

Fellowship recipients must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or undocumented students who qualify for nonresident supplemental tuition exemptions under AB 540.

Dissertation-Year Fellowships

These state-funded, merit-based fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to doctoral graduates who have overcome significant social or educational obstacles to achieve a college education, and whose backgrounds equip them to contribute to intellectual diversity among the graduate student population. Fellows receive a $24,000 stipend plus payment of fees.

Tuition Fellowships

A number of non-resident tuition fellowships are awarded to non-resident students who are recommended by their departments.

Reduced Non-Resident Tuition for Doctoral Candidates

Effective Fall 2006, the quarterly nonresident tuition fee is reduced by 100% for graduate doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy. Eligibility for the reduced nonresident tuition is measured in calendar years, and begins with the first academic quarter following advancement to candidacy. Leave of absence and unregistered quarters will not extend a student's eligibility. A student who continues to be enrolled or who re-enrolls three calendar years after advancing to candidacy will be charged the full nonresident rate in effect at the time.