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Fees & Billing

Freshman Orientation Fees and Policies

Students: The Online Freshmen Orientation program fee is $240 per student, with the parent and family program included.


Parents and Family: The student program fee includes the Online Parent Orientation at no additional cost. Parents and family members must be registered on the student's reservation form if they plan to attend the remote session.


Please note: No payment is due when you make a reservation for Orientation. Program fees will be billed in the fall on the student's UCSB BARC Billing Statement. Fee payment deadlines will be noted on the BARC statement. If you attend an online UCSB Orientation session and do not attend UCSB, you will still be billed for all orientation fees for services provided.


Why is there a fee for online orientation?

Orientation Programs is self-supported and funded 100% by program fees; no state or campus funding is provided to offset the costs of the program. In addition to covering staff salaries and programmatic expenses, the orientation fee covers the cost of all new student education requirements (Gaucho FYI and Everfi learning modules), Convocation, and courses designed to introduce new students to the University (ED 20 and ED 118).


Financial Assistance

If paying for orientation is the only reason preventing you from participating:

  • No payment is due when you make a reservation; you will be billed in the fall on your UCSB BARC Billing Statement.

  • UCSB offers a payment plan so that students can defer the amount related to the current quarter fees and charges. Orientation program fees will be charged on the fall quarter statement. See the UCSB Billing website for information about whether a payment plan would be helpful to you.

  • Fee reductions that reduce the cost of Orientation are available to eligible students who have demonstrated financial need. See the fee reduction information and application below.

Fee Reductions

A limited number of fee reductions are available to eligible students from families with an annual income of $35,000 or less. These are awarded based on need and in the order we receive applications until funds are depleted. To apply, click on the the Application for a Fee Reduction link below. Follow the instructions on the form. If approved, the $75 fee reduction will be deducted from the total student program fee and the remainder will be billed in the fall.


Please note: You must also reserve your space in an online Orientation session using the online reservation system. Your fee reduction application will not be processed if you have not submitted a reservation. There is no payment due when you make a reservation. Applications must be received no later than August 1.