Is Your Financial Aid Application Complete?
Monitor your FAFSA or CA DREAM application status, check for any required documents, and view your award letter on My Aid Status.
Do You Have Required Documents to Submit?
If documents are required, you will be notified via email. Log into My Aid Status and view documents under the Documents Tab or visit ucsb.verifymyfafsa.com
Have You Reviewed Your Financial Aid Award Letter?
Award letters are posted under the Award Letter Tab of My Aid Status. Generally, award letters are posted in July for the upcoming academic year.
Have You Enrolled in Classes for the Current Quarter?
To register for classes, use GOLD. Once enrolled, our office will apply your aid directly to your BARC account as long as these conditions are met:
- All documents submitted and processed
- Enrolled in at least 6 units for undergraduate students and 4 units for graduate
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress
- Remain in good academic standing, and
- Complete all required loan documents
Have You Completed All Loan Documents?
If you have outstanding loan requirements, they will be listed on your Dashboard or under the Documents Tab on My Aid Status.
Will Your Fees be Paid by the Deadline?
Check how much Financial Aid has been disbursed into your BARC account. Undergraduate students who have a “balance due” on their BARC accounts must pay or defer this balance by 4pm on the fee payment deadline of each quarterin order to avoid a $50 late payment fee (assessed by the Office of the Registrar) and to protect enrollment.
If your aid is not sufficient to pay your BARC charges or your Financial Aid is not ready to disburse by the deadline, you may enter into a deferred billing agreement with the UCSB Billing Office by completing a Financial Aid Payment Form. Please note that the BARC Office assesses a $25 charge to defer your “now due” charges.
How Will You Receive Your Refund?
Refunds are mailed to your local address (as listed on GOLD) unless you enroll in eRefund through the BARC office, in which case the funds will be direct deposited into your bank account.
Students who have a credit balance as a result of Financial Aid, loans, or graduate credits will have their direct deposit released to their designated account as early as 10 days before the start of the quarter. For students who have not requested direct deposit, checks will be mailed to local addresses no sooner than seven days before the start of classes.
Students living in non-University owned housing should use the proceeds of their refund check to pay their room and board.
Have You Reviewed the FERPA Policy?
FERPA is the United States federal law that protects student records privacy and provides for review and disclosure rights. If you wish to allow a third party, including your parent/s, to have access to your financial aid information, our office requires you to submit a consent to release form. This form is located under the forms tab. A new form must be submitted annually.