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Fees & Billing

Program Fees and Policies

Please note: No payment is due when you make a reservation for Orientation.

Program fees for all participants will be billed in the fall on the student's UCSB BARC Billing Statement. Students are required to pay in full the amount of the fees for all participants, including parents and guests, who have registered for UCSB Orientation on their reservation. Fee payment deadlines will be noted on the BARC statement. Fees are assessed per person.


Freshman Program With Accommodations - $335 per student - one overnight in an on-campus residence hall


Freshman Program Only - $300 per student - student chooses to make their own overnight arrangements


Parent Orientation Program - $200 per person - parents must make their own overnight arrangements


All programs include meals. See program information for overnight and meal details.



If you attend a UCSB Orientation session and do not attend UCSB, you will still be billed and responsible for payment of all orientation fees for services provided.


Why is there a fee for 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.
  • If you're not sure if your parents can attend, you can reserve your space in a session and add them later.
  • 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 $100 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 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.


Application for a Fee Reduction - Freshman