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Tuition Stability Plan

At UC San Diego, we believe students should be able to plan for an investment in their future. Through the University of California’s Tuition Stability Plan, creating a financial plan for your undergraduate study has never been easier. The plan provides you and your family the comfort of knowing your tuition rate will stay the same for up to six years, allowing you to plan financially without any surprises along the way. You will still pay applicable campus fees, which are not included in this policy.

How it Works

The Tuition Stability Plan applies to all first-year and transfer undergraduate students who enroll at UC San Diego during or after the fall 2021 quarter.

What is Included

  • Tuition
  • Student services fee
  • Non-resident supplementary tuition

What is Not Included

Campus-based fees are not covered and may change from year to year. Detailed information about fees is posted on the Undergraduate Registration Fees page.

What it Means

Your six-year flat tuition rate begins as soon as you enroll at UC San Diego. Find your starting term below to determine when your tuition rate guarantee would end.

Pre-Fall 2022 (Base Cohort) Cost of Attendance

Starting Terms:

  • All regular fall, winter and spring terms prior to fall 2022.

For students first matriculating in these terms, tuition will remain flat through Spring 2027.

Fall 2022 CohortCost of Attendance

Starting Terms:

  • Fall 2022
  • Winter 2023
  • Spring 2023

For students first matriculating in these terms, tuition will remain flat through Spring 2028.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What happens if I am still enrolled as an undergraduate after six years?

    After six years you would be assigned to the oldest unexpired cohort. For instance, if you are in the fall 2022 cohort, you would be assigned tuition with students in the fall 2023 cohort beginning in fall 2028.

  • To which cohort am I assigned if I first matriculate as an undergraduate in winter or spring quarter?

    You would be assigned to the cohort beginning in the previous fall. Your cohort would expire six years following that fall, with the rest of the students in that cohort.

  • To which cohort am I assigned if I first matriculate as an undergraduate during a summer session?

    You would be assigned to the cohort beginning in the first term in which you matriculate in fall, winter or spring. Your cohort would expire six years following that fall, with the rest of the students in that cohort.

  • How does the Tuition Stability Plan affect part-time tuition?

    Part-time tuition would be adjusted in relation to the tuition associated with your cohort. Details about part-time fees, eligibility for part-time status and how to apply for part-time status may be found on the Part-Time Study (Undergraduates) page.

  • Are there any exceptions approved for this six-year timeline?

    For undergraduate students who are called to active duty in the United States military as a result of national emergency or as a result of mobilization of the reserve forces, including the National Guard, and re-enroll at the university, the time remaining in their six-year cohort period will be extended by their total length of service. If you are deployed on active duty, please contact registrar@ucsd.edu. Additional exceptional circumstances will be assessed as necessary.

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