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UCSC Tuition & Cost

Santa Cruz, California

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How much does it cost to attend?

In State California Resident Sticker Price
$39,137
In State Costs for University of California Santa Cruz
Fee Cost
Tuition$11,442
Books and Supplies$1,162
Other Fees$2,583
Room and Board $18,866
Other Expenses Budget$5,084
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
$68,891
Out of State Costs for University of California Santa Cruz
Fee Cost
Tuition$41,196
Books and Supplies$1,162
Other Fees$2,583
Room and Board $18,866
Other Expenses Budget$5,084

Residents of California pay an annual total price of $39,137 to attend University of California Santa Cruz on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $11,442 for tuition, $18,866 room and board, $1,162 for books and supplies and $2,583 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $68,891 which is 76% higher than California residents. The tuition charge is $41,196 while room and board is $18,866, books and supplies are $1,162 and other fees come in at $2,583.

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 Santa Cruz when typical grants and scholarships are considered. The net price varies by family income and financial need.

Average Net Price 2019/2020
$17,842
Net Price by Income University of California Santa Cruz
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$11,038
$30,001 to $48,000$12,049
$48,001 to $75,000$15,567
$75,001 to $110,000$22,380
$110,000+$31,701

The average reported annual net price for University of California Santa Cruz for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $17,842 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

66% of full-time undergrad University of California Santa Cruz received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $16,091 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 34% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $4,684 and 17% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $3,872.

Finanical Aid University of California Santa Cruz
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $16,091 66%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $8,428 53%
Pell Grants $4,920 27%
Other Federal Grants $647 52%
State and Local Grants $10,697 41%
Federal Student Loans $4,684 34%
Other Student Loans $3,872 17%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to University of California Santa Cruz, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $56,952. The loan balance of $56,952 is a four year multiple of the $14,238 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 $543 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 $56,952
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 2.75%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $543.38
Total Interest Paid $8,254.19
Sum of All Loan Payments $65,206.19

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
$156,548
Year California Residents Non Residents
1 $39,137 $68,891
2 $39,292 $69,164
3 $39,447 $69,437
4 $39,603 $69,712

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at University of California Santa Cruz to be $156,548 - 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 Santa Cruz 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=110714 IPEDS survey data for University of California Santa Cruz.