For Parents

Access Card

The Access Card is the official identification card of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Issued to all members of the University Community, it is required for identification and access to essential campus services. It also offers convenient prepaid accounts for making purchases on and off campus. Students are issued an Access Card upon arrival for their first semester and are responsible for keeping their card for the duration of their time at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Gaucho Bucks – Our Campus Currency

Gaucho Bucks is a prepaid spending account on your student’s Access Card that is accepted on campus and at popular businesses in Santa Barbara. It is designed to help students and parents manage spending while at the University and eliminates the need to carry cash – Gaucho Bucks is the only form of payment accepted for copy and print services on campus. There are no costs or fees to use or add value to the account, and never any over-limit, late payment, or interest charges. Gaucho Bucks is a complimentary service provided by the University of California, Santa Barbara.

To ensure that you and your student are getting the most out of the Access Card program, encourage them to register their account and set you up with Guest User Account. It only takes a minute and once completed, you and your student can manage the account 24/7 – check balances, add value, view transactions, create/manage an Auto Reload schedule, and more.

Learn more about the benefits of Gaucho Bucks.