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Finances/Money Matters

Financial matters are handled by Financial Aid, Student Business Services, and Cashier's Offices - to name a few - all of which are located in the Student Services Center in the center of campus. Browse through this page to learn about several resources to help you navigate through questions about financial and health support.

If you still need help or advice, contact the Parents’ Helpline:
(858) 534-7273 or e-mail parents@ucsd.edu.

Obtain authorization from your student

FERPA requires that students' educational records be kept confidential from all third parties, including parents and families. In order to have access to or perform transactions on behalf of your student, your student must initiate the process to authorize any parent/family member to view and access their record. Otherwise, Student Business Services (SBS) staff will discuss financial and related issues only with the student. Once your student has enrolled you as an authorized parent/payer, SBS staff may discuss financial aid and related issues with authorized parents/payers.

The student's consent to share their information must be provided. UCSD may not share certain types of information about your student without their prior consent. 

Read the Online Tutorial for your student to authorize a parent including instructions for Authorized Payers.

Read more about why your student's information is kept private:

Create your personal login and password to receive your student's bill

FERPA prohibits the university from sharing educatonal records with any third party - including parents and families. The university regards your student as an adult, with certain privacy rights, regardless of the student's age. Read more about this in the section above.

To see or pay your student's bill, you must be authorized by your student - a process initiated by your student.

Read the Online Tutorial to create your login and password and how to access and view your student's bill.

After going through the entire process, here are few things to keep in mind:

  • You'll receive an e-mail notice from ebill@ucsd.edu, with the subject line "UCSD E-Bill Authorization – Action Needed." This e-mail will ask you to set up a username and password. The e-mail is only valid for 14 days (see page of the online tutorial).
  • After setting up your username and password, clear your browser's cookies before you can successfully log in using your new username and password with the Authorized Bill Payer tool.

  • Students can authorize up to 3 payers to view and pay their university bills online.

  • Students can cancel any authorized payer at any time.

View and pay your student's bill

Before using the online payment tool, make sure you've read the information and followed the steps above to receive your student's permission to view and pay bills.

View and pay the bill:

Learn more about your bill-paying options:

  • Read the Online Tutorial for Authorized Payers.
  • TritonLink, the website for current students, has information about the different ways to pay your student's bill. Note that UCSD does not allow payments via credit card.
  • TritonLink, the website for current students, has information about E-check - a tool by which funds will be withdrawn from your personal checking account.

Note: To view and pay your student's bill, go to Authorized Bill Payer tool.

Items on and disputing a billing statement

Items on your student's statement include a brief description of charges and the corresponding amount appears in either the payments/credits or charges column.

Note: The links above go to TritonLink, the website for current students. Information on these pages is geared towards current students.

Enrollment & registration calendar and refund of pre-paid fees

Late fees will be assessed for late payments or for failing to meet registration deadlines.

Note: The links above go to TritonLink, the website for current students. Information on these pages is geared towards current students.

Payment plans (ways to pay your student's bill)

Monthly installment through the Triton Registration Installment Plan (TRIP) is available to pay registration fees.

Before enrolling, make sure you've read the information and followed the steps above to receive your student's permission to view and pay bills.

Use or discontinue TRIP:

Learn more about payment plans:

Note: The TRIP link above goes to TritonLink, the website for current students. Information on these pages is geared towards current students.

Payment help for authorized payers

If you're making payments for your student, use the Online Tutorial for step-by-step guide to help you through the process. Instructions begin with page 21.

Student health insurance costs (UC SHIP & RAFT)

Note:

Be sure to check Student Health Services' website for important dates and other information about student health fee waivers. If you want to waive SHIP you must normally do so before the quarter begins.

The UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) is a comprehensive health plan that provides a full range of medical services for your student.

Health insurance is a mandatory condition for enrollment at all University of California campuses. UC San Diego automatically enrolls all registered students into the UC SHIP program.

If your student can demonstrate that he/she has comparable medical insurance coverage, your student may be able to opt out of UCSHIP. There are strict guidelines and deadlines regarding this process and your student is not guaranteed to receive a waiver.

RAFT (Reduced Access Fee for Tritons) allows students who waive UCSHIP to visit Student Health Services (SHS) for many primary care needs without the worry of high costs. Students who waive UCSHIP but do not purchase RAFT must pay the full cost of all services at SHS.

If you have questions or need help regarding UCSHIP, RAFT, or the health fee waiver, contact Student Health Services.

Paying for a UC education

Triton Cash - opening or adding money to an existing account

Triton Cash allows students to pay for food, laundry, books, and other supplies using their UC San Diego ID card. This form of payment is accepted at more than 60 locations, on- and off-campus.

You or your student can use cash, check, Visa, or MasterCard to deposit funds into the student's Triton Cash account. When the student presents the ID card to a vendor, the purchase amount is subtracted from the Triton Cash account.

If you have questions or need help regarding Triton Cash accounts, contact the Triton Cash office.

Tax credits for education expenses

Students or parents may be able to claim a credit against their federal income taxes for certain post-secondary educational expenses.

UC San Diego must report student fee information to the IRS. The University of California has a contract with Tax Credit Reporting Service (TCRS) to electronically produce your student's Form 1098-T Tuition Statement.

The 1098-T form is not mailed; it is only available online. Each student receives an e-mail notification from TCRS when his/her 1098-T is available at www.1098T.com.

Read more about Education Tax Credits and Forms.

Note: The link above goes to TritonLink, the website for current students. Information on these pages is geared towards current students.

Online Tools for Authorized Parents/ Payers

View and Pay Student's Bill

Update Parent/Payer Information

Enroll in TRIP

Cancel TRIP

Waive student health fees (this option is only available at certain times of the year)