BruinBill Refund Methods

BruinBill users have refund method options that determine the way a BruinBill refund, such as a financial aid disbursement, will be delivered to the account holder. Electronic methods are the fastest and most assured way of receiving funds, particularly Direct Deposit (BruinDirect) and Western Union options. Even if the user does not anticipate receiving financial aid, it is strongly recommended to enroll in an electronic refund method as soon as possible. Options for account holders who are not eligible for a U.S. or foreign bank account are also included below.

  • BruinDirect E-Refund
  • BruinDirect is the fastest way to get your refund electronically deposited into a U.S. checking or savings account. To enroll, access BruinBill on MyUCLA and select the Overview or My Account tab. Users who are enrolled in BruinDirect receive their refund in 2-3 business days.

    BruinDirect Benefits:

    -immediate enrollment through BruinBill 
    -quickest method to receive refund (2-3 business days)
    -avoid waiting for or losing mailed refund checks
    -avoid going to your bank to make deposits
    -no enrollment or refund processing fee
  • Electronic Fund Transfer via Western Union
  • BruinBill account holders without access to a U.S. checking or savings account or ability to sign up for a University Credit Union account may consider enrolling in an electronic fund transfer facilitated by Western Union.

    Submit the Western Union Global Pay Foreign Transfer Request to have your refund distributed via an electronic fund transfer to a foreign bank account. Please note that processing these requests may take 6-8 business days.

  • Cash Pickup at Western Union Location
  • BruinBill account holders without access to a U.S. checking or savings account or ability to sign up for a University Credit Union account may consider enrolling in a cash disbursement pick-up at a Western Union location.

    Submit Western Union's Retail Cash Disbursement Request to have your refund distributed via cash pick-up. Please note that students will be required to visit a Western Union Retail location in person. You may be eligible for this refund method if Western Union Retail locations are available in your country and you have a government issued identification in order to collect funds. Please note that Western Union retail payment disbursement amounts are subject to country maximums and location availability.

  • Paper Check Refund
  • If the BruinBill account holder is not enrolled in BruinDirect or a Western Union method, the refund method will be defaulted to a paper check. A paper check will be mailed to the official mailing address registered with the University. The official mailing address can be edited on the user's MyUCLA account under the Settings tab.

    Due to COVID-19 impacted delays with mail services and reduced campus operations, a paper check will require additional time to reach the U.S. mailing address registered with the University. We strongly recommend that BruinBill users sign up for BruinDirect or a Western Union refund method to receive their refund in the most efficient manner