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MoneyS1All students are issued a UCSB identification card, which is used as proof of registration and to gain access to student services on campus, such as the dining commons, Davidson Library, computer labs, and the Recreation Center. The ACCESS card also allows students to enter sporting events and ride the local bus system for free.

The ACCESS card can also be activated to become a personal debit card. called the ACCESS card. There is a one time processing charge of $30 to activate the ACCESS card. Purchases are automatically deducted from the starting balance, just like a regular bank debit card. ACCESS cards are very convenient for students as they are accepted at many campus locations , including the bookstore, post office, cashier, copy centers, Parking Services pay stations, on-campus restaurants and stores, as well as at many privately-owned businesses near campus.