• Financial
  •  FoolProof is a free online resource where you can learn about finances through the lens of healthy skepticism. This website offers buying guides, short videos, articles, and more. UCSC partners with Foolproof to provide learning modules through FoolProof Solo. To access these modules, click here to sign up, select “I work through Foolproof with a mentor,” and use mentor code 21702-363. 

  • COWL 52 is a great introduction to personal finance. This 5 credit course is taught in the Winter and Summer quarters. Topics covered are taxes, budgeting, banking and e-commerce, student loans, credit, insurance and investing.  Ubiquitous terms, such as 401(k), are defined and financial principles applied to personal financial decision-making.

  • CashCourse is a free resource with tons of articles, videos, calculators, and worksheets to help students with their finances. Use your UCSC email to create a free account.

  • CreditKarma is a free website that allows you to safely view your credit and credit score. It will not give you your actual credit score, but it gives a very close estimate.

  •  The FCRA protects consumers by regulating how credit bureaus collect, use, and share credit information. This link gives the full FCRA.

  •  The Financial Aid website provides information and resources for students who have questions regarding their financial aid for UCSC. The website also provides calculators and other money management tools.

  •  Honey will connect to your browser and automatically check for coupons when you are checking out on a website. If Honey can’t find any coupons, it will offer cashback on your purchase.

  •  Slug Support is a UCSC program that helps students with culminating problems or emergent needs to create an action plan for securing needs (housing, food, financial support). Slug Support also hosts a food pantry for students.

  •  Student Beans is a student discount program that posts relevant student-only discounts.

Students as Parents provides resources for students who are parents. Links and resources are provided to help students as parents.


  • Food

CalFresh is California’s SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). Students may qualify for CalFresh, which would provide $194 on an EBT card that can be used at grocery stores and farmer’s markets, completely free. Farmers markets may also provide MarketMatch, a program matching CalFresh funds, offering students more money to spend on food.

A list of campus food resources. 

A list of off-campus food resources.

  • Housing

Explore on and off-campus housing options, including prices and policies. 


  • Transportation

TAPS is the transportation and parking services on campus. You can find resources for commuting students, bike programs, and other cost-saving transportation options.


  • Education

Educational Opportunity Programs provides services and support to first-generation college students from low-income and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.

LSS offers course-specific academic support for students, including tutoring and modified supplemental instruction.


  • Mental and Physical Health

CARE provides support, advocacy, resources, and violence prevention education for students. CARE is a confidential space to discuss stalking, dating violence, and sexual assault.

CAPS provides students with mental health and wellness support through multiple services, including no-cost counseling.

The COVE is a space at UCSC where students recovering from alcohol and/or other drugs, are interested in recovery, or are close to someone recovering can find support and fun activities with peers.

The DRC supports retention and graduation of students with disabilities, promotes a non-discriminatory campus environment and encourages student development and independence through creating equal educational access for students with disabilities. 

The Resource Centers on campus consist of four Ethnic Resource Centers: African American Resource and Cultural Center, American Indian Resource Center, Asian American / Pacific Islander Resource Center, and “El Centro” the Chicano Latino Resource Center; the Cantú Queer Center, and the Women's Center. Each center offers services and support for students in a community space.