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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
$35,663
In State Costs for University of California Merced
Fee Cost
Tuition$11,442
Books and Supplies$1,006
Other Fees$2,096
Room and Board $16,814
Other Expenses Budget$4,305
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
$64,655
Out of State Costs for University of California Merced
Fee Cost
Tuition$40,434
Books and Supplies$1,006
Other Fees$2,096
Room and Board $16,814
Other Expenses Budget$4,305

Residents of California pay an annual total price of $35,663 to attend University of California Merced on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $11,442 for tuition, $16,814 room and board, $1,006 for books and supplies and $2,096 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $64,655 which is 81.3% higher than California residents. The tuition charge is $40,434 while room and board is $16,814, books and supplies are $1,006 and other fees come in at $2,096.

All price data is sourced from the 2018/2019 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.
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Net Price

Net price is indicative of what it actually costs to attend University of California Merced when typical grants and scholarships are considered. The net price varies by family income and financial need.

Average Net Price 2017/2018
$13,147
Net Price by Income University of California Merced
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$10,438
$30,001 to $48,000$11,455
$48,001 to $75,000$14,036
$75,001 to $110,000$19,920
$110,000+$28,567

The average reported annual net price for University of California Merced for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $13,147 in 2017/2018. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

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Financial Aid

Finanical Aid University of California Merced
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Annual Total Grant Aid $23,444 92%
Pell Grant $4,877 66%
Federal Student Loan $4,487 53%

The average reported annual net price for University of California Merced for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $13,147 in 2017/2018.

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 $477 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 4.529%.

Example Loan $46,000
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 4.5%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $477.38
Total Interest Paid $11,285.60
Sum of All Loan Payments $57,285.60

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
$142,652
Year California Residents Non Residents
1 $35,663 $64,655
2 $35,804 $64,911
3 $35,946 $65,168
4 $36,088 $65,426

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 $142,652 - 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

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