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UC Merced Tuition & Cost

Merced, California

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How much does it cost to attend?

In State California Resident Sticker Price

In State Costs for University of California Merced
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,073
Other Fees$2,215
Room and Board $18,901
Other Expenses Budget$4,603

Out of State Resident Sticker Price

Out of State Costs for University of California Merced
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,073
Other Fees$2,215
Room and Board $18,901
Other Expenses Budget$4,603

In-State Tuition

In-state tuition at University of California Merced for undergraduate students residing in California is $11,442. Room and board charges total $18,901 per year. Students will also need to budget for books and supplies, which typically amount to $1,073 annually. Other administrative or academic fees are $2,215 for the year. Additionally, students should plan an estimated $4,603 for other miscellaneous expenses throughout the year. In sum, residents attending University of California Merced full time should expect a total annual cost of $38,234.

Out-of-State Tuition

Undergraduate tuition at University of California Merced is $41,196 for out-of-state students. Additionally, out-of-state students are charged $18,901 for room and board, $1,073 for textbooks and educational resources, plus fees of $2,215. Students are advised to budget $4,603 for other expenses. When these costs are combined, annual out-of-state charges total $67,988. This figure is 77.8% higher than what California residents pay.

All price data is sourced from the 2021/2022 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

Net Price

The average reported annual net price for University of California Merced for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $13,578 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

The net price provides a more realistic estimate of the true cost of attending University of California Merced, once common grants and scholarships have been taken into account. It's important to note that this net price can fluctuate based on factors such as family income and individual financial need.

Average Net Price 2019/2020

Net Price by Income University of California Merced
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$10,363
$30,001 to $48,000$11,400
$48,001 to $75,000$14,261
$75,001 to $110,000$19,795

Financial Aid

93% of full-time undergrad University of California Merced received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $23,728 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 49% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $4,637 and 5% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $5,042.

Finanical Aid University of California Merced
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $23,728 93%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $11,424 80%
Pell Grants $5,211 65%
Other Federal Grants $1,132 22%
State and Local Grants $10,850 81%
Federal Student Loans $4,637 49%
Other Student Loans $5,042 5%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to University of California Merced, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $46,000. The loan balance of $46,000 is a four year multiple of the $11,500 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $488 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 4.99%.

Example Loan $46,000
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 4.99%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $487.68
Total Interest Paid $12,521.19
Sum of All Loan Payments $58,521.19

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price

Year California Residents Non Residents
1 $38,234 $67,988
2 $38,385 $68,257
3 $38,537 $68,527
4 $38,690 $68,798

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at University of California Merced to be $152,936 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 0.4% annual increase over the next 4 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

University of California Merced Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=445188 IPEDS survey data for University of California Merced.