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School of Global Policy and Strategy Full-Time, 2-Year Master of Public Policy Program – Year 1 of 2 Cost of Attendance for 2021-2022

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.

Use this estimated cost of attendance to help determine how much money you need to attend UC San Diego’s GPS Full-Time 2-Year Master of Public Policy Program(MPP), 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

Cost of Attendance Academic Year (33 weeks)
Academic Year Tuition and Fees  $17,487
UC Systemwide Tuition and Fees: $12,570
UC San Diego Campus-based Fees: $996
UC San Diego Health Insurance Fee: $3,921
Quarter Tuition and Fees
Cost of Attendance Category Fall 2021 Winter 2022 Spring 2022 Academic Year Total
UC Systemwide Tuition and Fees $4,190 $4,190 $4,190 $12,570
UC San Diego Campus-based Fees $332 $332 $332 $996
UC San Diego Health Insurance Fee $1,307 $1,307 $1,307 $3,921
Housing and Meals $5,926 $5,926 $5,926 $17,778
Books and Supplies $247 $247 $247 $741
Personal Expenses $420 $420 $420 $1,260
Transportation Expenses $498 $498 $498 $1,494
GPS MPP CA Resident and Non-CA Resident Professional Degree Fee $3,363 $3,363 $3,363 $10,089
GPS MPP Basic Quarter and Academic Year Cost of Attendance Totals for CA Residents $16,283 $16,283 $16,283 $48,849
GPS MPP Non-CA Resident Supplemental Tuition $4,082 $4,082 $4,081 $12,245
GPS MPP Basic Quarter and Academic Year Cost of Attendance Totals for Non-CA Residents $20,365 $20,365 $20,364 $61,094
  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) includes the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) of $3,921. Students may opt out of the UC Student Health Insurance Plan. For additional UC SHIP information, visit https://shwadmin.ucsd.edu/uc-ship/index.html.

  3. Non-California resident and international student Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition $12,245. Non-California residents will be considered for federal aid only: 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.

  4. The Cost of Attendance (COA) includes the GPS Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition of $10,089 for California Residents and Non-California Residents.

  5. The COA above is based on a student living off-campus. A student living on-campus or living with a parent will have a different COA and can refer to the graduate student cost of attendance budgets for the various components and costs Graduate Students Cost of Attendance (ucsd.edu).

  6. GPS Full-Time 2-Year MPP Program students pay $17,487 tuition and fees. The Full-Time 2-Year MPP Program requires 92 units for completion.

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. School of Global Policy & Strategy Fellowships & Financing and Military & Families. 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.

  • 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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