Bills and Payments

Student Business Services Your Guide to UCSC Bills and Payments

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
SBS also offers the SlugCents Financial Wellness Program, where students can learn about living on a budget, building credit, taxes, student loans, and other important financial topics.

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. We hope you will join us in encouraging your student to build financial knowledge and skills at UCSC so they can feel more confident about the financial decisions they will face in the future.

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:

  • Accept an invitation from your student to set up your own account on the UCSC eBill/ePay site
  • Locate and review your student’s billing statements
  • Make payments on your student’s UCSC account
  • Get help with financial questions

Parents of International Students: 

UCSC works with Flywire to process international payments. Our Flywire payment site is available at .

  • We recommend you watch How Do I Make a Payment video for instructions on how to use Flywire to pay your student’s UCSC bill from your home country.
  • Once you make a payment, expect to wait 2-3 days for the payment to show up in your student’s account.

If you have any questions about the information in the upcoming videos 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, 1:00-4:00 PM

SlugCents Financial Wellness Program

(831) 502-0781 | |

Hahn Student Services, Room 203 (next to Financial Aid)


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 directly from a checking account or a savings account at a bank or credit union is free and won’t cost you anything.
  • Paying with a credit card or a 529 college savings plan, or using your debit card to pay is going to cost more because of additional processing fees that are added to your payment.
  • Processing fees are disclosed at the time you pay, rates can change at any time, and processing fees are not refundable so be sure to check the fee amount before you pay.

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: UCSC Student Resource: Where to get help with money issues and financial questions

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SBS: UCSC Students: Where to get help with money issues and financial questions

As a college student, you may be faced with financial situations that can be overwhelming, like learning to live on a budget, managing your meal plan, figuring out your financial aid, and understanding your UCSC bill. Luckily, there are many places on campus you can go for support. Here are just a few:

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For questions about bills, payments, direct deposit, and how to find information in MyUCSC, come to the Student Business Services Financial Service Center. We can help you with just about any question regarding your UCSC account, and we’ll provide you with referrals to campus resources if you need additional assistance.

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The Financial Aid & Scholarships office is the place to go when you have questions or concerns about your financial aid package. They can also help you complete your FAFSA application, or guide you through the financial aid appeals process if you need extra money to pay for school.

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The Basic Needs and Slug Support programs help students with information about food, housing, health & wellness, and financial security resources, both on-campus at UCSC and off-campus in the Santa Cruz community.

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And the SlugCents Financial Wellness Program offers financial coaching, workshops, and online resources to help you and other UCSC students build the knowledge and skills you need to feel confident about your financial decisions - both during and after college. Schedule an appointment with a financial coach or to ask questions and get help with understanding your UCSC bill and account, creating a budget, opening a bank account, building credit, saving and investing, understanding loans and credit cards, filing taxes and more!

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Whether you need help with financial aid, figuring out your bill, learning how to manage money, or finding food and housing resources, help is available! You can get information and contact emails from each program’s website, or visit our offices in person. We’re all located in the Hahn Student Services building, located near the corner of Hagar and McHenry near the Bay Tree Bookstore. We look forward to meeting you soon!

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