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Financial Crisis Response Team


The UCSB Financial Crisis Response Team exists to assist students who are facing a financial crisis or urgent financial need. This effort aims to assist undergraduate and graduate students who are facing significant financial difficulties that jeopardize their path to graduation. The team works closely to evaluate, respond, and support students in crisis in a streamlined and timely manner.

For more information, see the attached flyer here.


If you are experiencing a crisis, email the Financial Crisis Response Team the details and they will work with you to develop a plan of action.  Depending on the situation, you will either be asked to answer a few questions about the situation in an on-line form or be asked to meet in person with an advisor in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, or both. An advisor will help guide you through the process. This effort was put in place to help undergraduate students as well as graduate students. Additionally, an emergency loan program has been established to assist international students in need. 

For any other questions, please email financialcrisis@sa.ucsb.edu.


  • Alexandra Splan, Financial Aid Advisor, Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Andrew Vesper, Chief Social Worker, Student Health
  • Debbie Fleming, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Office of the Dean of Students
  • Erick McCurdy, Manager, Billing & Accounts Receivable
  • Jenny McCracken, Financial Aid Advisor, Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Katie Avila
  • Katya Armistead, Dean of Student Life, Office of Student Life
  • Lupe Navarro-Garcia, Associate Dean, Student Academic Support Services, Student Academic Support Services
  • Malaphone Phommasa, Director, Transfer Student Center
  • Mario Munoz, Associate Director, Residential & Community Living, Housing - Apartments
  • Mike Miller, Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships; Chair of the Food Security Taskforce
  • Patrick O'Brien
  • Rebecca Plotkin, Financial Aid Advisor, Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Ryan Sims, Graduate Academic Counselor & Associate Director, Academic Services, Graduate Division