Going to college is an investment—but it’s worth it. And with our generous financial aid program, there’s a good chance we can cover some of the costs of your studies. Not just tuition and fees, but food, housing, transport, books and supplies too. In fact, over 70% of our California undergrads get an average of $17,000 in grants and scholarships.

 

Estimated average costs for California residents, 2021–22

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*

$14,100

$14,100

Books and supplies

$1,300

$1,300

Health insurance allowance/fee

$2,700

$2,700

Room and board

$17,300

$14,100

Personal/transportation

$2,200

$2,800

TOTAL

$36,700

$35,000


* California resident undergraduates at all UC campuses pay the same $12,570 in systemwide tuition and fees. 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, 2021–22

Nonresident students pay an additional $28,992 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*

$43,900

$43,900

Books and supplies

$1,300

$1,300

Health insurance allowance/fee

$2,700

$2,700

Room and board

$17,300

$14,100

Personal/transportation

$2,200

$2,800

TOTAL

$67,400

$64,800


* UC undergraduates at all campuses pay the same $12,570 in systemwide tuition and fees. Nonresident undergraduates pay an additional $29,754 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.

Tuition and fees for 2021-22 

Estimated tuition and systemwide fees for the 2021-22 academic year will be posted in May 2021. Some or all instruction for all or part of Academic Year 21-22 may be delivered remotely. Tuition and mandatory fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the Academic Year.


Understanding California residency

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

California residence for the purposes of tuition and fees »

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.