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Fees & Billing

Freshman Orientation Fees and Policies

Students: The Online Freshmen Orientation program fee is $249 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 do not attend UCSB after participating in a remote UCSB Orientation session, you will still be billed and responsible for payment of 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.