Tools and Resources

  • Parenting Student Resources

    In order to support parenting students while pursuing their education, UCSB students with dependent child(ren) are eligible for the following resources and services.


    Parenting students must provide legal proof of dependent(s) to the Non Traditional Student Resource Center (contact information below). In addition to documentation, parenting students will also complete an interest form to indicate which services they wish to utilize (interest form does not apply to the Gaucho Family Fund).

    Non Traditional Student Resource Center

    Monday through Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm
    1109 Student Resource Building (SRB)
    (805) 893-3289

  • Resources

    Financial Crisis Response Team

    The UCSB Financial Crisis Response Team exists to assist students who are facing a financial crisis or urgent financial need. This effort aims to assist undergraduate and graduate students who are facing significant financial difficulties that jeopardize their path to graduation. The team works closely to evaluate, respond, and support students in crisis in a streamlined and timely manner.

    For more information, visit the Food For All website and see the attached flyer.

    Budget Planning Tools

    Our office encourages students to budget their money wisely in order to avoid over borrowing or the use of high interest loans and credit cards. In an effort to help students track their Financial Aid, income and expenses we have developed two budget calculators. These budget calculators are Microsoft Excel files, optimized for use on Microsoft Windows.

    Simple Budget Planner »

    A simple personal finance budget planner that allows you to quickly sum the costs associated with each quarter at UCSB.

    Monthly Budget Planner »

    A detailed planner for comparing monthly income and expenses, including projected and actual amounts.

    Gaucho Family Fund

    Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
    2103 Student Affairs Administrative Services Building (SAASB)
    (805) 893-2432

    In order to support UCSB students with dependents, the Division of Student Affairs offers the Gaucho Family Fund, which helps offset education related costs associated with raising a family while also attending college. This annual gift is automatically awarded to UCSB undergraduate students who indicate supporting a dependent child on their financial aid application, demonstrate financial need and who are in good standing with the university. The Gaucho Family Fund is renewable and works in tandem with UCSB’s other robust financial aid programs.

    Parking Waiver of Requirement

    Transportation and Parking Services (TPS)
    Building 381, behind Cesar Uyesaka Baseball Stadium
    (805) 893-3562

    Transportation and Parking Services grants parenting students with documented dependent(s) a waiver of the two-mile exclusion requirement allowing these students to purchase a “C” (commuter) permit regardless of residential distance from campus. Parenting students must first provide documentation to the NTSRC then visit the Customer Service Window at TPS to purchase the permit.

    Associated Students Childcare Grants for Undergraduate Students

    Apply quarterly through the Non Traditional Student Resource Center
    1109 Student Resource Building

    Associated Students has grants for students who need extra childcare coverage during midterms and finals. You may qualify if: You are currently enrolled as an undergraduate UCSB student during time of application; You have the responsibility for care of a dependent (proof must be provided); You are applying for child care funds due to an upcoming midterm or final. A completed and signed application is also required for each quarter you wish to receive a childcare grant. Grant award amount is dependent on number of child(ren) in household. Childcare Grants include a free annual zoo membership for families.

    Graduate Student Association Childcare Grants for Graduate Students

    The GSA Childcare Grant for Graduate Students provides general support for graduate students with children regardless of milestone or specific ‘need events.’ Grant award amount is dependent on number of child(ren) in household. Grants are limited to one award per graduate student per quarter, with a maximum of five awards allowed during a student’s academic tenure at UCSB. Questions about eligibility, payment, or other aspects of the Childcare Grant may be directed to the GSA VP of Budget & Finances, This grant is not managed through the Non Traditional Student Resource Center. Please visit the website for all details.

    Priority Registration

    One-time application through the Non Traditional Student Resource Center

    Undergraduate students with dependents (at least 50% of the time) are eligible to receive priority registration for classes. This eligibility begins after the student’s first quarter at UCSB. Students only need to apply once to receive priority registration during their enrollment at UCSB. Paper applications are available at both the Non Traditional Student Resource Center and the front desk of the Women’s Center. Once documentation is provided to the NTSRC, you can also apply online by visiting the Non Traditional Student Resource Center Forms page .

    Non Traditional Student Resource Center

    1109 Student Resource Building
    Facebook Page

    Part of the Women, Gender, and Sexual Equity department, the Resource Center provides a space to study, eat, relax, or hang-out; a staff to guide you to resources, and help manage the challenges associated with achieving your academic goals. The Non-traditional Student Resource Center can be your first stop to success at UCSB. Each quarter, students are invited to attend social, academic, and family-friendly events hosted by the NTSRC. Stop by the Center to pick up a quarterly calendar of events.

    Please visit the following websites or come by the NTSRC to learn more about:

    Financial Awareness Counseling

    The Department of Education has released a new tool to help you understand your financial aid and to assist in managing your finances and debt. Financial Awareness Counseling

    Student Loans Consolidation

    U.S. News & World Report has published an in-depth guide that breaks down student loans consolidation, how they work, and what students should know before considering them. Read more here.

    UCSB Financial Aid Matters Guide

    Learn all about how financial aid works at UCSB with lots of helpful tips and descriptions of what to expect. 
    Financial Aid Matters Guide

    UCSB Student Financial Guide

    Access helpful tips online for managing your money, read our “Money Matters” booklet, and find a complete list of the available sources of financial assistance around campus.

    Financial Literacy

    Learning to effectively manage your finances is an important skill to learn while you are in college. In the current economic climate, financial literacy on college campuses is a growing concern. More and more parents and students are turning to loans to fund the increasing cost of a college education. The financial decisions that students make now will impact them for years to come. is brought to you by the National Endowment for Financial Education, an independent, nonprofit foundation committed to educating Americans on a broad range of financial topics and empowering them to make positive and sound decisions to reach their financial goals.

    Financial Aid Estimator

    The Financial Aid Estimator provides an estimated Financial Aid Award Letter for prospective students.