Student Technology Fee

What is the Tech Fee?

The Tech Fee, formally called the Instructional Technology Enhancement Initiative Course Materials Fee, supports instructional technology enhancements via Collaborate services.

The fee provides and supports modern technology for instruction and learning, and funds things like online tools and materials, computer-based instructional labs, classroom presentation and interaction tools, and student services.

How much are students charged for the fee?

The fee is $2.50 per unit, capped at 15 Letters & Science course units. The maximum fee per quarter is $37.50

The fee is processed shortly after the final undergraduate drop deadline in the fourth week of each quarter.

After that deadline, fee refunds cannot be issued for dropped classes. 

Why is the fee necessary?

The enhancements and services Collaborate provides are a vital part of a modern university, and could not be achieved within existing budgets.

Careful planning goes in to allocating the money collected from the fee. We make every effort to minimize the amount of the fee  (which is less than half of the comparable fee at UCLA), and to make sure we focus on services that provide the most direct positive impact on students.

Oversight for Collaborate services is provided by the deans of the College of Letters and Science in partnership with a Collaborate Advisory Committee that meets regularly to provide student and faculty input.

What services and enhancements are provided by the fee?

Many resources on campus that students and faculty use every day are supported by the Tech Fee.

Student Support Center

The Collaborate Student Support Center (SSC) provides walk-up and online support for student use of instructional technologies. Services include:

  • walk-up support
  • support for scheduled and open access use of lab hardware
  • software support for uMail (student email system)
  • UCSBnetID login support (for UCSB Wireless Web access, GauchoSpace login, etc.)

Wireless Access

The expansion of the UCSB wireless network allows enhanced student access to a wide variety of instructional services. Since its inception, Collaborate has solely or jointly funded wireless installations in over 100 campus locations.

For a complete list of wireless locations, see Network Operations Center (NOC) Wireless Access List


The Collaborate PrintSpot is a student printing service that is accessible, sustainable, and easy to use.

With centralized printing locations around campus, the Collaborate PrintSpot offers students the ability to print, edit, and receive technical assistance. Enrolled students are allotted 200 black-and-white prints per quarter to use for their academic printing needs at any PrintSpot location.

Collaborate continues to explore options for minimizing hard-copy printing and ways to make printing more sustainable. Since June 2014, these efforts have saved over 1,300,000 pages, which is roughly 86 trees.


About Box

Box is a no cost, secure, cloud-based sharing and storage service with unlimited storage capabilities. It's a campus-supported cloud-based storage solution with built-in tools to create and share files with anyone. It also features unlimited storage for your UCSB files, future integration with GauchoSpace, and is both secure and FERPA compliant.


GauchoSpace is UCSB’s course management system, based on the Moodle software platform. GauchoSpace provides a rich set of features such as tools for faculty/student communication via email and discussion forums, shared files and links, online assignments, quizzes, grade books, and portals to other course-based services.

Video Capture (Gauchocast)

GauchoCast is a service provided by Instructional Development, in partnership with Collaborate, for the recording, editing, and distribution of streaming audio and video content on the web, making lecture capture with multiple inputs (e.g. lecture audio, synchronized slides, camera) available from any computer with the recording software installed.


Collaborate provides resources and support for the creation of instructional digital materials to be used both in classroom presentations and on GauchoSpace course sites. These materials include:

  • Online course readers
  • Scanned images, photos, drawings and graphic artwork
  • Film, video and sound materials
  • Captioning and transcription of materials for improved accessibility
  • Discipline-specific instructional materials

General Assignment Classrooms & Departmental Teaching Spaces

Collaborate installs and maintains presentation and interaction capability in all UCSB General Assignment Classrooms, including computers, wireless access, and interactive teaching technology.

Over the past five years, Collaborate has supported and funded the placement of instructional hardware and software in over 100 teaching spaces within the College of Letters & Science, including upgraded equipment and materials for a variety of specialized teaching needs.  

Instructional Labs

Collaborate supports computer-based teaching and learning with reservable lab spaces and open access labs.

Instructional labs can serve as primary teaching locations, configured either in a traditional classroom layout or arranged for group activities. They can be reserved for independent student activities, and are available for student access when they are not in use for a scheduled class.

Student Software Workshops

Collaborate offers two-hour drop-in software workshops open to all currently enrolled students. Workshops are offered every quarter to provide students with essential skills in many software packages available in the Collaborate labs.

Workshop topics include:

  • DreamWeaver
  • Excel, Word, Powerpoint
  • HTML, JavaScript
  • Illustrator. InDesign, Photoshop
  • and many more!

Virtual Computing Lab (VCL)

Through the VCL, software applications that are available in Windows-based Collaborate instructional labs can be accessed by students from anywhere. The VCL allows students to make use of software without being physically present in the lab and without having to purchase software licenses for personal computers.

Some examples of software that can be used through this virtual connection are SPSS, MatLab, and MS Office. Professors can allow their students to remotely access applications on their GauchoSpace course and project sites.

Academic Advising Applications

In support of the student learning experience, Collaborate funded the development of online services and tools in the Division of Undergraduate Education. These include: