Tuition & financial aid

Average amount of grants & scholarships awarded to eligible CA students last year.


Californians, if your family's income is in this range and you qualify for financial aid, you won't pay any systemwide tuition and fees


Tuition & fees for the 2022-23 academic year:



56% of CA undergrads pay
no tuition


71% of CA undergrads receive grants & scholarships


46% of CA students graduate with no student loan debt

A UC degree is worth it. And we can help you pay for it.

Our financial aid program is one of the best out there. It supports students in all kinds of ways, whatever their background—with grants, scholarships, low-interest loans, and more. And it’s worth it.

Studying at UC is an incredible experience on its own—and our high graduation rates put you on a fast track towards a truly rewarding career.

Dates & deadlines

October 1: Financial aid application opens

Submit your FAFSA or CA Dream Act application – you don't have to be admitted to UC before you can apply for aid. 

March 2: Priority deadline to submit application 

Deadline for applicants for all terms to submit FAFSA or CA Dream Act application. 

You belong here. So we'll help you get here.

Paying for your education is a partnership between you, your parents and UC.

Financial aid for you, and you, and you too.

You should apply for financial aid, even if you don’t think you qualify. Because there are lots of options out there — and we want to make sure our students get every penny they deserve.

Financial aid lets you focus on what matters: your education.

Our financial aid program takes the pressure off paying for your studies, so you can concentrate on what’s important: your education. There’s plenty of help available for students from all walks of life.

Want to know how much help you can get?

Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan

If you're from California and your family income is less than $80,000 a year, apply for help from our Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan. It covers the cost of your systemwide tuition and fees, with extra funds available if you need them.

Making sense of the dollars and cents.

We want to be transparent about what college costs. So our estimate includes food, accommodation, transport, books and supplies, as well as tuition and fees.

The good news? We can help you pay for it. Over 70% of our CA undergrads qualify for grants and scholarships, with an average grant of $17,000.

More than half of UC's California's undergrads pay no tuition and 71% receive grants and scholarships (money that you don't need to repay).