Payment and Refunds


When can I pay?

  • You can start paying after charges post to your account. 
  • You do not have to pay before your class starts.
  • If your account says "Future," your charges have not been posted yet. 
  • There are no Student Business Services payment plans available over the summer. You can pay at your own pace, but summer tuition and campus fee are due by August 11.

Financial Aid Payments

  • Students eligible for financial aid will receive aid shortly before the session begins (if you enrolled by June 1, if you enrolled after, it will be later). If you're in classes both sessions, aid is split between the two sessions. It will credit directly to your billing account, and any remaining tuition and fees can be paid using the payment options below.  
  • UCSC students - visit the Financial Aid Office drop-in Zoom for an estimate of your package.
  • Visitors - please get in touch with the aid office at your home campus.

How can I pay?

Payments can be made by students at: My UCSC> My Account $ > UCSC eBill/ePay

  • eCheck/Credit Card Payments:  to make eCheck or credit card payments for your MyUCSC account,  log in to MyUCSC > My Account $ > UCSC eBill/ePay. More Info on using UCSC eBill/ePay is here.
    • eChecks do not include a service charge. 
    • A convenience fee will be charged when making a credit card payment. The fee will be displayed to the user before they submit their payment, and the user must acknowledge the total payment amount before they can continue. The convenience fees are being charged by the third-party vendor (SmartPay/CASHNet) and are not collected by UC Santa Cruz.
  • Via Mail
  • 529 Savings Plan Payments via UCSC eBill/ePay
  • International payments can be made online from any bank in any country using Flywire.

Charges Due:

  • To see your charges and due dates and view your billing statements, log on to MyUCSC. Click on the My Account $ tile. You will see your charges due by the due date. Click on the green 'arrow' to see the detail of the charges due. To view your billing statements, you can click on UCSC eBill/ePay or click on Billing Statements on the left.

Third-Party Billing:

  • To start your third-party billing agreement, you must submit authorization documentation from the sponsor to the Student Business Services (SBS) office. Email sponsor documents to thirdpartybilling@ucsc.edu. When SBS accepts an agreement, they will post a credit to the student account and bill the sponsor directly.

What is refundable?
  • Registration Fee (for visiting & inactive students only) - No
  • Campus Fee - Yes, if dropped by the deadline (see Calendar)
  • Tuition - Yes, if dropped by the deadline (see Calendar)
  • Course materials fee (if applicable) - Yes, if dropped by the deadline (see Calendar)

Tuition refund for dropping courses before the drop deadline:

To start the refund process:
The course must be dropped entirely at my.ucsc.edu before the drop deadline (see our Summer Academic Calendar for drop deadlines). Always verify your drop is successful before you log out (i.e., refresh your portal to ensure the class is gone).

  • An instructor will not drop you for nonattendance.
  • UCSC will not drop you for nonpayment - you must drop yourself
  • If you have not yet paid, the appropriate tuition and fees are automatically removed from your portal. This can take 24 hours to refresh.
  • Student Business Services process refunds. If you have paid, this process is not immediate. It can take time for refunds to process, the check to be mailed/delivered, etc. Please review the Refund Information.

Tuition refund for withdrawing from a course after the drop deadline:

Refund for Class Cancellation:

Summer Session classes are rarely canceled. If a class is canceled, every effort will be made to notify you beforehand, assist you in enrolling in a different class or issue you a full refund. You will not be penalized. 

    • Class cancellation policy requires a minimum number of students to enroll by May 31. Lower-division classes need 12 students enrolled; upper-division classes need eight students.
    • Be sure to check the Registrar's Class Search, your @ucsc.edu email account, and the student portal for updated information on course changes and cancellations.

$50 Registration Fee for visiting and inactive students:

  • The registration fee for setting up/activating your MyUCSC account is nonrefundable.

Billing Tips

  • Update your mailing address and email when you arrive, AND when you leave, this is where refunds/ billing statements will be mailedMy UCSC > Student Center.
  • Sign up for Direct Deposit to get faster refunds at My UCSC > My Account $ > Sign Up for Direct Deposit