Tuition and cost of attendance

When UC estimates what college will cost each year, we consider all the expenses associated with being a student: tuition and fees, food, housing, transportation, and books and supplies. But this figure, the total cost of attendance, or "sticker price," is not what most students pay. Over two-thirds of UC undergraduates receive some gift aid, with an average award of over $16,000. For California residents, that covers nearly half the cost of attending UC for a full year.

Your net cost, or the actual amount you will have to pay, may be less than you think. To get a better sense of what your net cost might be, see Estimate your aid.

Estimated average costs for California residents, 2014-15

This chart estimates the cost of attending UC for one year as a California resident undergraduate. For a significant proportion of our students, these expenses are offset by grants and scholarships.

Keep in mind that your total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses and the campus you attend.

 

Living
on campus

Living
off campus

Tuition and fees*

$13,300

$13,300

Books and supplies

$1,500

$1,500

Health insurance allowance/fee

$1,900

$1,900

Room and board

$14,000

$9,300

Personal/transportation

$2,400

$3,200

TOTAL

$33,100

$29,200

* California resident undergraduates at all UC campuses pay the same $12,192 in systemwide tuition and fees for 2013-14. The fees figure above includes the average cost of additional campus-based fees. Your total costs will vary depending on your personal expenses and the campus you attend. All fees are subject to change without notice.

Estimated average costs for nonresidents, 2014-15

Nonresident students pay an additional $22,878 in nonresident supplemental tuition. Keep in mind that your total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses and the campus you attend.

 

Living
on campus

Living
off campus

Tuition and fees*

$36,178

$36,178

Books and supplies

$1,500

$1,500

Health insurance allowance/fee

$1,900

$1,900

Room and board

$14,000

$9,300

Personal/transportation

$2,400

$3,200

TOTAL

$55,978

$52,078

* UC undergraduates at all campuses pay the same $13,300 in systemwide tuition and fees. Nonresident undergraduates pay an additional $22,878 in nonresident supplemental tuition. The fees figure above includes the average cost of additional campus-based fees. Your total costs will vary depending on your personal expenses and the campus you attend. All fees are subject to change without notice.

Understanding California residency

If you're not sure whether you're a resident or a nonresident, review the policies:

Good to know

Obtaining California residency for the purposes of tuition and fees is extremely difficult for undergraduates with nonresident parents (this includes transfer students from community colleges and other postsecondary institutions within California).

Virtually all nonresident undergraduates with nonresident parents remain nonresidents for the duration of their undergraduate career at UC.

Apply for financial aid

Find everything you need to apply for financial aid »

What about the Blue and Gold plan?

UC's Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan ensures that, at a minimum, systemwide tuition and fees are covered for eligible students with parent total incomes of $80,000 or less.