UC Santa Barbara

April 28th - May 1st, 2021: Climate Justice Symposium for Transforming Education; July 2021 CHESC

Student Scholarships

The California Higher Education Sustainability Conference is dedicated to ensuring that the conference is accessible to all that want to attend.  In addition to our student scholarship to cover registration, we also have a financial assistance program for non-students. 

The conference offers student waivers on registration to attendees who:

  • Would not be able to attend the conference without a scholarship;
  • Have made an effort to seek funding from at least one other source (please check out our fundraising tool kit for students);
  • Would benefit academically and/or in their career path by attending the conference;
  • Will commit to sharing what they have learned with others in their campus/community; and
  • Who is currently a student pursuing a degree, was a student pursuing a degree in Spring 2016, or will be a student pursuing a degree in Fall 2016.
    • If the applicant is pursuing a degree, but only taking a single class, we will count that person as a student, however we ask that if you are only taking courses for professional or personal development and/or recreation and not pursuing a degree that you do not count yourself as a student for this program.  Please see our Non-Student Financial Assistance program. 
    • Professional certificate programs do not count as “degrees” for the purpose of this program.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted once Registration is open.

Read through this page and the fundraising toolkit page fully. 

Please do not register and pay while you are waiting for a response on a fee waiver. If you will attend even without the support, register and choose “check” as the payment option. If you pay by credit card and we then waive your fee after the fact, we have to account for the credit card processing fees both for the initial purchase and the potential refund.  Please note that once you submit a fee waiver the rates available at the time of your waiver submittal are frozen until you get a response.

Fill out the student scholarship form. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and so earlier submittal will increase your chances of receiving a scholarship. A decision will be made within one month of receipt of the application. If you are not accepted for a scholarship, you will be granted the registration rate that was available on the day your scholarship application was submitted.

Scholarships can cover registration and/or housing.  Housing scholarships will only cover housing on campus in the residence halls which can be booked through the conference.  Transportation costs and per diems cannot be covered via this program.  There are many carpooling opportunities however from all areas of California.  If you need assistance identifying inexpensive transportation to the event, please let us know.

This scholarship program works on a “sliding scale” basis.  We ask you to identify the amount that you can afford to pay for registration and housing so that we can allocate funds where they are most needed and the available scholarship money can be spread further.  Selection is not based on how much you can contribute.

Under no circumstances will we accept “group” scholarship application forms.  Each individual student seeking a scholarship must fill out their own form completely and applications must be submitted by the student applying. 

Please note the following updates to our 2018 student scholarship information:

  • All student scholarship applications must include an unofficial transcript verifying that they were enrolled in classes in Spring of 2018 (or a student who graduated within one quarter of June 2018). 
  • All student scholarship applications must include a letter from their college or university verifying that campus funds are not available to support the student to attend, and that the person writing the letter encourages us to support the student to attend.  
  • No student may be given a scholarship more than 4 times.
  • Community members not affiliated with a university must be employed by a non-profit organization, cooperative business, or government agency in order to be eligible.
  • Individuals from for profit agencies (not including cooperative businesses) are not eligible for scholarships.