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Graduate Students Cost of Attendance for 2020-2021

These figures may not be final; actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California or, as authorized, by the President of the University of California. Accordingly, final approved levels and charges may differ from the amounts shown..

Professional Graduate students in the School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) formerly IR/PS, the RADY School of Management, the Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) and other professional self-supporting programs will have different fees and budget costs.

Use this estimated cost of attendance to help decide how much money you'll need to attend UC San Diego and how much financial aid you may need to meet that goal. Your actual costs may differ. 

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Estimated Basic Cost of Attendance

California Residents and Non-California Residents

Cost of Attendance Living with Parents On Campus Off Campus
CA Resident Tuition and Fees (View Components) $17,385 $17,385 $17,385
UC Systemwide Tuition and Fees: $12,570
UC San Diego Campus Fees: $960
UC San Diego Health Insurance Fee: $3,855
Housing and Meals $6,825 $13,464 $17,280
Books and Supplies $741 $741 $741
Personal Expenses $1,254 $1,260 $1,254
Transportation Expenses $1,485 $1,485 $1,485
Estimated CA Resident Cost Totals $27,690 $34,335 $38,145
Non-CA Resident Supplemental Tuition $15,102 $15,102 $15,102
Estimated Non-California Resident Cost Totals $42,792 $49,437 $53,247
  1. The Cost of Attendance (COA) does not include the Document fee of $100. COA and award packages are automatically adjusted for incoming students.

  2. The Cost of Attendance (COA) does include the UC San Diego Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) of $3,855. Students who qualify may opt out of the UC Student Health Insurance Plan. For additional UC San Diego (SHIP) information, visit https://wellness.ucsd.edu/studenthealth/insurance/uc-ship/Pages/default.aspx.

  3. Non-California resident and international students pay Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition (currently estimated to be $15,102 annually) in addition to charges paid by California resident students. To assist with educational costs, Non-California residents will be considered for federal aid only: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work-Study and Federal Direct loans. International students will also be billed a one-time International Student Visa Administration fee of $100. International students may apply for Private Education Loans, to assist with educational costs.

Students enrolled the School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS), Rady School of Management, Joint Ed.D (UCSD/CSUSM) and other self-supporting professional degree programs will have different fees and budget costs.

For off-campus rental options, including market costs for one-bedroom apartments and other housing arrangements, please refer to the UC San Diego Off-Campus Housing Services website: https://offcampushousing.ucsd.edu/. Please keep in mind, the Cost of Attendance listed above is based on actual student average expenses.

  • Students may submit Cost of Attendance Add-On forms with appropriate documentation for rent and utilities, transportation costs, computer purchases and/or increased books and supplies. Submission of a request does not guarantee an approval.

  • Financial Aid and Scholarships Office provides Federal Direct Unsubsidized and Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans and requires the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Private Education Loans are available for domestic and international students. Inquire at the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office for lenders that accept international applicants. Your Major Department and/or the Graduate Division may provide other forms of financial support. You may be required to complete and submit the FAFSA to be considered for some types of graduate awards. FAFSAs are available beginning October 1st every year. Priority funding deadline is March 2nd every year.

  • Students who are unable to complete the FAFSA and/or California Dream Act Application or who are enrolled in less than half-time (6 units), may be able to apply for a private loan. Private Education Loans are available for domestic and international students. Inquire at the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office for lenders that accept international applicants.

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