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UCSD Tuition & Cost

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How much does it cost to attend?

In State California Resident Sticker Price
$35,311
In State Costs for University of California San Diego
Fee Cost
Tuition$11,442
Books and Supplies$1,124
Other Fees$3,206
Room and Board $15,336
Other Expenses Budget$4,203
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
$65,065
Out of State Costs for University of California San Diego
Fee Cost
Tuition$41,196
Books and Supplies$1,124
Other Fees$3,206
Room and Board $15,336
Other Expenses Budget$4,203

Residents of California pay an annual total price of $35,311 to attend University of California San Diego on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $11,442 for tuition, $15,336 room and board, $1,124 for books and supplies and $3,206 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $65,065 which is 84.3% higher than California residents. The tuition charge is $41,196 while room and board is $15,336, books and supplies are $1,124 and other fees come in at $3,206.

All price data is sourced from the 2020/2021 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

Net Price

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

Average Net Price 2019/2020
$15,222
Net Price by Income University of California San Diego
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$9,823
$30,001 to $48,000$11,176
$48,001 to $75,000$14,310
$75,001 to $110,000$20,906
$110,000+$29,132

The average reported annual net price for University of California San Diego for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $15,222 in 2019/2020. 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

58% of full-time undergrad University of California San Diego received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $18,530 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 32% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $4,682 and 16% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $3,705.

Finanical Aid University of California San Diego
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $18,530 58%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $8,114 45%
Pell Grants $5,114 32%
Other Federal Grants $1,080 34%
State and Local Grants $11,210 39%
Federal Student Loans $4,682 32%
Other Student Loans $3,705 16%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to University of California San Diego, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $50,484. The loan balance of $50,484 is a four year multiple of the $12,621 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 $482 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 2.75%.

Example Loan $50,484
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 2.75%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $481.67
Total Interest Paid $7,316.77
Sum of All Loan Payments $57,800.77

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
$141,244
Year California Residents Non Residents
1 $35,311 $65,065
2 $35,451 $65,322
3 $35,591 $65,581
4 $35,732 $65,840

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at University of California San Diego to be $141,244 - 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 San Diego Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan No
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan No
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110680 IPEDS survey data for University of California San Diego.