Graduate students who are employed as Academic Student Employees (ASEs) or Graduate Student Researchers (GSRs) are eligible for limited paid and unpaid leave options related to pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting. Additionally, ASEs and GSRs may apply for reimbursement of some eligible childcare expenses. All of the policies and benefits outlined on this page are administered by the UCSB Academic Personnel office.
To view academic accommodations available to graduate students with children, including a leave of absence and an extension on time to degree, visit the Academic Parenting Accommodations page.
Childcare Reimbursement Program
Graduate Student Researchers (GSRs) and Academic Student Employees (ASEs) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, are eligible for reimbursement of some child-care expenses through programs established by the UC Office of the President and administered on the UC campuses. Each eligible GSR and ASE may receive up to $1,100 per quarter for expenses incurred during the GSR's or ASE's appointment period during the regular academic year. A student must have a valid GSR or ASE appointment for a minimum of 25% time for the duration of the period for which the reimbursement is submitted.
In addition, a GSR or ASE who meets the eligibility criteria for a summer session appointment can be reimbursed up to $1,100 for eligible expenses incurred during the summer session term. The $1,100 maximum applies regardless of the number of summer terms a GSR or ASE may work in a calendar year. To be eligible for reimbursement during the summer term, the GSR or ASE must also be a registered student in the regular academic terms preceding and following the summer session appointment.