Google Storage Project

Overview 

Google announced a storage model change that involved no longer offering free, unlimited storage to accounts using their services, including higher education institutions like our campus. As a result, this change requires storage limits to be placed on every UC Santa Cruz Google account.

Like most universities, our campus's current storage exceeds Google's limits, which means we must reduce some of the storage in Google by June 2024 to avoid drastically increased costs.

This project site was created to ensure the campus community has access to timely information, support, and resources surrounding the Google Storage Project. Visit the Frequently Asked Questions web page for additional information.


What Changes Are Coming?

As a result of Google's change, our campus must reduce our storage footprint used in Google by June 2024 to avoid drastically increased costs. UCSC Alumni should visit the Changes to Alumni Google Services web page to see how these changes impact them. 

Services that contribute to our overall Google storage usage include:

  • Google Drive and Shared Drive
  • UCSC Gmail
  • Google Photos

Who's Affected by the Storage Limits?

Storage limits affect all UC Santa Cruz Google accounts. These accounts include faculty (regular, emeritus, lecturers, researchers), staff (academic, administrative, and temporary), students, alumni, and retirees.

UCSC Alumni should visit the Changes to Alumni Google Services web page to see how these changes impact them. 


What action should I take?

Start deleting any unneeded files in your UC Santa Cruz Google account. 

Google storage limits are still being determined for UC Santa Cruz. 


What Data is Affected by the Storage Limits?

All data in UC Santa Cruz Google accounts is affected by the storage limits. This includes, but is not limited to, files in Google Drive, Google Shared Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos.

Note: Google file types, such as Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides, and images count against your storage limit.


When Will Storage Limits Be Implemented?

  • June 2024

Our campus must limit the total storage footprint used in Google by June 2024. The specifics of how the storage limits will be implemented depends upon whether you are over or under the assigned limit for your account. More information about how the storage limits will be implemented will be updated on this web page soon. 

In the meantime, delete any unneeded files in their Google accounts. Steps to Reduce Google Storage


Questions?

Continue to check this website for updates and watch for communications from ITS around the Google Storage Project. Visit the Frequently Asked Questions web page for additional information. 

UCSC Alumni should visit the Changes to Alumni Google Services web page to see how these changes impact them. 

Submit any questions you have to google-feedback@ucsc.edu