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.

Over 75% of our California undergrads get an average of $17,000 a year in gift aid. For California residents, that pays for nearly half the yearly net cost of going to UC.

Estimated average costs for California residents, 2018–19

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*

$13,900

$13,900

Books and supplies

$1,200

$1,200

Health insurance allowance/fee

$2,400

$2,400

Room and board

$15,800

$12,400

Personal/transportation

$2,000

$2,500

TOTAL

$35,300

$32,400


* 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, 2018–19

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*

$42,900

$42,900

Books and supplies

$1,200

$1,200

Health insurance allowance/fee

$2,400

$2,400

Room and board

$15,800

$12,400

Personal/transportation

$2,000

$2,500

TOTAL

$64,300

$61,400


* UC undergraduates at all campuses pay the same $12,570 in systemwide tuition and fees. Nonresident undergraduates pay an additional $28,992 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:

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.