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Gaucho Bucks

Gaucho Bucks is a prepaid spending account on your Access Card offering a convenient and secure way to make purchases on and off campus. Gaucho Bucks is designed to eliminate the need to carry cash and other cards. And, since Gaucho Bucks are accepted at campus dining locations and popular local restaurants, you have the flexibility to eat on or off-campus wherever and whenever you choose. You or your parents must make a deposit to your Gaucho  Bucks account before using it for purchases.

To learn more about the difference between Gaucho Bucks, Meal Plan and Dining Plus Plan, visit the UCSB Access Card site.

For more information on Gaucho Bucks, please visit the Gaucho Bucks page. For further assistance, you may contact the Access Card Service Center by email


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