Bills and Payments

Student Business ServicesYour Guide to UCSC Bills and Payments

The Student Business Services (SBS) Financial Service Center is the billing and payment office for the University of California Santa Cruz. SBS is the place to go for information and assistance with:

  • Understanding and paying UCSC bills and charges on your student’s account
  • Financial aid refunds or refunds for an overpayment
  • Referrals to helpful resources on campus

Student Financial Responsibilities

UCSC students are responsible for making sure all university bills for tuition and fees are paid on time, even if college expenses will be paid by a parent or guardian or with funds from financial aid.

The following videos will help you learn about navigating UCSC’s billing and payment system. At the end of this course, you should know how to:

  • Locate and review your student’s billing statements
  • Make payments on your student’s UCSC account
  • Get help with financial questions

If you have any questions about the information in the course, or if you need help figuring out your student’s UCSC bills and charges, contact the SBS Financial Service Center and we will be happy to help you.

Student Business Services (SBS) Financial Service Center

  • (831) 459-2107 | |
  • Hahn Student Services, Room 102
  • Office open Monday-Friday, 1-4 PM


Video: UCSC eBill/ePay: How to View and Pay Your Student's University BillI

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SBS: UCSC eBill/ePay: How to View and Pay Your Student's University Bill

The UCSC eBill/ePay system is where students and their parents and guardians can access billing statements, review charges for tuition and fees, and make payments to the student's UCSC account.

This video will explain how to set up your account on the UCSC eBill/ePay website, locate and review your student's UCSC bills, set up a payment account, and make payments on your student's account.

Please keep in mind that UCSC students are responsible for monitoring their university account and making sure UCSC bills are paid on time. This is true even when the student relies on a parent, a guardian, or on financial aid to cover part or all of their college expenses.

Before a parent or guardian can access student billing information or make payments on a student's account, your student must send you a payer invitation. This is because the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act or FERPA, protects the privacy and records of all students, and the student must give their consent before the University can share any information from their account or bills with anyone - even you.

  • If you plan to pay part, or all, of your students University bills, the student must send you a payer invitation from their own account to give you access to their financial information.Ask your student to log into UCSC eBill/ePay from their MyUCSC portal and 
  • send a payer invitation from their account to your email.
  • Once the payer invitation has been sent, you will receive an email that your student has created an account for you at the University of California, Santa Cruz. 
  • Tap the link in the email and use the parent PIN and password you received to log into the UCSC eBill/ePay system and change your password to something you can remember.
  • You should also save the original email in case you need to refer to it in the future.

Once logged in, you'll see the "overview" screen where you can view your student's account, balance, a summary of outstanding charges, and receipts from past payments.

  • Receipts are also available on the "transactions" screen.
  • The "My Account" screen is where you can add a payment account and set up SMS notifications to get text messages whenever a new bill is ready to view.
  • The "make a payment" screen is where you'll go to pay your bill electronically, and the "statement" screen is where you'll find all UCSC billing statements, or bills.

UCSC has two different kinds of bills: a quarterly bill with charges for tuition, registration, on-campus housing, and meal plans; and a monthly bill with health center charges, library and printing fees, miscellaneous charges, and monthly payment plan charges.

All UCSC bills are electronic and available online only, so neither you nor your student will receive a paper bill in the mail.

When a new bill is available, you'll receive an email from 

  • If you'd like to get text alerts when new bills are ready, go to UCSC eBill/ePay, click on the "My Account" screen, choose "Set up SMS notifications," and submit the requested information.
  • Payment due dates are usually about one month after a bill is posted, and the due date will appear on the top of each bill and in the UCSC eBill/ePay system.
  • Keep in mind that billing statements are posted only during the months when there are new charges to pay, so there may not be a bill for every month.
  • To make sure you don't miss any, watch your email and log into UCSC eBill/ePay at least once a month.

If you're interested in dividing quarterly charges into monthly payments, our Tuition Deferred Payment Plan, or TDPP, might work for you.

  • You can learn about this service on the UCSC Student Business Services website.
  • Go to, tap "FAQs" in the top menu bar and tap "forms" to find information about the Tuition Deferred Payment Plan.
  • Please be aware that there is an additional fee to set up this service.

Now let's review how to locate and view billing statements. First, log into UCSC eBill/ePay, tap "Statements," and then tap the bill you would like to review.

Here's a sample of a UCSC bill. Not all bills will look like this one, but this sample will give you a general idea of what you might see on your student's bills.

  • The top section of the bill includes the "statement date," or the date the bill was posted to your student's account; the payment due date, shown here as the "late/due date"; the "amount due," or the balance on the account on the day the bill was created; and the "account number," or your student's UCSC ID number.
  • Look further down the bill and you will find details about financial transactions on your student's account since the last billing statement was created.
  • If there was a previous balance from a past bill, it will appear at the top.
  • Next are the "charges and adjustments," where you'll find details about the various fees and charges you are expected to pay, as well as amounts credited to the account, and fees or charges that have been removed from the account.
  • The "account balance" is the total amount owed, and if your student is receiving financial aid, you'll see details about their aid package under "anticipated aid."
  • Each bill has a payment coupon on the second page that you can print and include with mailed or in-person payments.

The amount you are expected to pay can be found on the most current bill and in the upper right corner of the screen in UCSC eBill/ePay, but there are times when these two amounts might be different, and you may not be sure how much to pay. Here are some examples of that.

If your student has accepted a financial aid package, the account balance on the bill may be more than you are expected to pay.

  • This sample bill includes an account balance and some anticipated aid, which is the amount of financial aid that will be paid, or dispersed, to the students account closer to the payment due date.
  • Since the bill does not show any financial aid payments yet, you can calculate how much you owe by subtracting the total amount of anticipated aid from the account balance. In this example, the total anticipated aid is $2,920. 
  • Subtract that amount from the account balance of $5,922.07, and you end up with a payment amount of $3,002.07

Awaiting a financial aid disbursement is just one reason the payment amount on the bill may not be the amount that you currently owe.

  • If you make a payment after the bill is created, the payment will not be deducted from the amount on the bill, so it may look like you owe more than you should.
  • If you set up a monthly payment plan, a bill may not include future-dated charges for on-campus housing and meal plans.
  • The easiest way to determine the amount to pay is to log into UCSC eBill/ePay, look at the account balance, and subtract any anticipated financial aid from the most recent bill.

Now let's review how to set up a payment account so you can pay your student's bill.

  • To set up a payment account, start on the my account screen and tap "add a payment method," then choose one of the payment methods from the sidebar: a bank account, a credit card, or a 529 college savings plan. 
  • Add the requested information and follow the instructions to set up your account.
  • Once a payment account is set up, you'll be able to use it to pay your bill from the "make a payment" screen.

Once you set up your payment account, you can make a payment on your students account. 

  • Tap "make a payment," choose the payment method you'd like to use, add the requested information, and submit your payment.
  • Please remember that UCSC will never take a payment from your account unless you authorize the payment in UCSC eBill/ePay.

If the payment accounts available in UCSC eBill/ePay are not right for you, there are other payment options to choose from. International students, parents, and guardians can use FlyWire at to pay from their home country in their own currency. Watch the next video on paying internationally for step by step instructions on how to use FlyWire.

Payments can also be made by sending a check or money order with your student's first and last name and their student ID number to SBS Financial Service Center, 102 Hahn Student Services, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, California, 95064-1007.

You or your student can also pay with a check, money order, or cash at the SBS Financial Service Center office. Please do not mail cash. To find all these options again visit

Here's some important information to consider when choosing a payment option for UCSC bills.

  • Before setting up a bank account as your payment account, you'll need the account number of a checking or savings account, and the 9 digit routing and transit number of your credit union or bank.
  • To find these numbers ahead of time, log on to your mobile banking app, get the numbers from the bottom of one of your checks, or call your financial institution to get the numbers over the phone.
  • Do not use numbers from a debit or credit card, or a credit union member number when setting up payments from a bank account.
  • When setting up a 529 savings plan account as a payment method, you'll need to log into the 529 savings account from the UCSC eBill/ePay site.
  • Some 529 plans do not allow electronic payments through our site, so check with your plan administrator before attempting to make a payment.

When choosing a payment account for your student’s bill, also consider the cost of fees charged to make a payment.

  • Paying with a checking account or a savings account at a bank or credit union is free of charge.
  • Payments made with a credit card or a debit card from a U.S. bank or credit union carry a 2.75% fee, and international credit card payments carry a 4.25% fee.
  • There is also a $10 fee to pay with a 529 college savings plan.

Here are some tips that can help you and your student avoid issues with bills and payments. 

  • Encourage your student to send a payer invitation from UCSC eBill/ePay as soon as possible so you can access their statements and bills.
  • Always pay bills by the due date to avoid enrollment holds that can interfere with your students ability to sign up for classes.
  • Watch for emails and text alerts about new bills and add payment due dates to your calendar.
  • Remember that charges can appear on a student's account at any time. Some can take up to 6 months to show up. That's why it's important to log into UCSC eBill/ePay at least once a month to look for new bills and make payments for any new charges.
  • Checking your account monthly is a great way to keep track of your student’s bills and reduce financial stress for both of you.

If you have any questions about a billing statement or individual charges, or if you need help with using the UCSC eBill/ePay system, please contact the SBS Financial Service Center for assistance.

Our phone hours are Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 12 PM, and 1 PM to 4 PM, or email us any time at

You can also visit our website for information at We look forward to hearing from you. Thanks!


Video: Paying Internationally With Flywie

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SBS: Paying Internationally With Flywire

UCSC works with Flywire to process international payments. You can get to Flywire through the UCSC main page

  1. Or you can type
  2. This is the UCSC Flywire Payment Portal

Start by selecting your language of choice in the top right-hand corner.
Next: choose your country.
We are selecting China to use as an example.
Enter the amount in United States dollars that you wish to pay.
Click Next.

  1. You can either sign up with Flywire or continue as a guest.
    Flywire offers several payment methods.
    Choose the payment method best for you. We are choosing a direct bank transfer. Direct bank transfers, transfer money between banks in the same country. Therefore, they can be cheaper than sending a wire payment directly to the United States. Click on Select.
  2. Enter your payer information. Click on the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy agreement and click Next.
  3. This is the UCSC information page. Fill out the student information for the student account to be paid and click next when completed.
  4. Review all Payment information. You can click Previous to make corrections. Click Pay when you are done. 
  5. China requires a UCSC invoice to be uploaded. You must do that here. Click Upload and choose the appropriate UCSC invoice. Click I’ve Uploaded All Documentation when you are finished.
  6. Displayed are the instructions for making a direct bank transfer to Flywire. Click Download Auth Letter and Instructions to save the Flywire payment authorization letter. When you have completed the transfer, click I’ve Sent the Funds. 
  7. Click Confirm.
  8. Your funds are on the way. It is recommended that the UCSC student check their MyUCSC portal in 2-3 days to confirm the payment was applied to their account. Flywire also has a mobile app where you can get text updates on the status of your payment.


Video: Student Business Services Useful Information

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SBS: Student Business Services Useful Information

Billing can be complicated if you are new to the process. Here is some helpful information to make the process smoother.

  1. FERPA, the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act, is a federal law that sets privacy standards for student education records. Under FERPA, students have the right to privacy of their records. It limits what UCSC can and cannot share with third parties, including the families of students. Records like GPA, grades, student transcripts, and identification numbers are all records covered by FERPA. Some records, like name, phone number, and other “directory information” are considered public records and can be disclosed to third parties without student consent, unless the student specifically asks that they are kept private.
  2. Based on a student’s financial aid package, they may receive a refund every quarter. This means they receive money directly paid to them to pay for things like off-campus housing, food, and other school-related expenses. Direct Deposit is the quickest and safest way to receive a refund. Direct deposit refunds go straight to a bank account. UCSC processes direct deposit refunds on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays and the funds are usually available in the bank account within 48 hours. If a student does not have a direct deposit set up, they will receive the refund as a check in the mail. An active mailing address or a permanent address must be on file for any refund to process. Checks are produced once a week and may take a week or two to arrive depending on USPS. Refunds from credit card payments made via the eBill/ePay site will process on Tuesdays, and the money will be refunded back to the original card used whenever possible. 
  3. Every January, your student will receive a 1098-t from the University- and it will be available to download from your MyUCSC student portal also. The 1098-t reports scholarships and grants processed on the student’s account and the amount of qualified expenses paid during the tax year for the student. This form should be used by the student if they claim themselves on their taxes, or by the person who claims the student as a dependent on taxes. As a dependent, your student can still report this form on their taxes, but they won’t receive education tax credits. Some of their financial aid may be taxable to them if they received grants and scholarships for a greater amount than the cost of their  tuition and fees.
  4. For more information about billing and payment processes, please visit the Student Business Services website directly at Our website does have an FAQ as well as other resources, but if you need additional help you can contact us through email at or in person at the Hahn Student Services Building.

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