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Cost of Attendance

Meeting the cost of an education is a significant investment. At UC San Diego, we are committed to providing a comprehensive need-based financial aid program that makes it financially possible for admitted students to attend. Our admission program is need-blind, meaning, for all but some international applicants, financial status will not affect the admission decision.

The annual estimated cost of attendance includes allowances for:

  • Tuition and Fees
  • Living Expenses (i.e. Food and Housing)
  • Books, course materials, supplies, and equipment
  • Miscellaneous Personal Expenses and
  • Transportation Expenses

Based on your program your cost of attendance may also include study abroad expenses, the costs of obtaining a professional licensure, certification, or a first professional credential. You may submit a Cost of Attendance Appeal requesting to increase your cost of attendance to assist with increased costs, or other costs such as dependent care, a computer purchase, or assistance with Disability-related expenses.

For more information about the cost of attendance for your program please select the program below. For definitions of each Cost of Attendance element visit our Financial Aid Terms webpage.



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