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Undergraduates 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.

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. Your basic cost of attendance may also have add-ons for nonresident costs and orientation fees.

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Estimated Basic Cost of Attendance

CA Residents and Non-California Residents

Cost of Attendance Living with Parents On Campus Off Campus
CA Resident Tuition/Feesa, d, e (View Components) $14,480 $14,480 $14,480
UC Systemwide Tuition/Fees: $12,570
UC San Diego Campus Fees: $1,910
Housing and Meals $6,835 $14,680 $13,942
Books and Supplies $1,124 $1,124 $1,124
Personal Expenses $1,767 $1,363 $1,537
Transportation $1,954 $723 $1,287
Estimated CA Resident Cost Totalsb $26,160 $32,370 $32,370
Non-California Resident Supplemental Tuitionc $29,754 $29,754 $29,754
Estimated Non-California Resident Cost Totalsb $55,914 $62,124 $62,124

Mandatory university charges for tuition and student services help cover infrastructure and ongoing operations such as the delivery of instruction and the cost of student services such as registration, financial aid, remote academic advising and tutoring. Tuition and mandatory fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the academic year.

Campus-based fees support campus services, maintain facilities, and broadly support and preserve the campus infrastructure. As campus operations adjust to the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, our dedicated team of professionals remains committed to delivering the highest quality service possible. Campus-based fees will continue to be collected and will not be refunded.

  1. All new UC San Diego undergraduate students will be billed a one-time Document fee of $165, which is not included in the Tuition/Fees amount. Any prior payments you made to the university (such as Student Intent to Register and Housing deposits) will show as credits towards your fall bill.

  2. The Cost of Attendance (COA) does not include the UC San Diego Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) of $2,162. The COA and award packages will be revised late October for students who do not opt out. For additional UC San Diego SHIP information, visit

  3. Non-California resident students applying for financial aid: Non-California residents pay Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition (currently estimated to be $29,754 annually) in addition to charges paid by in-state students. Along with the family’s resources, non-residents will only be considered for Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work-Study and loans to help meet their educational costs, if they qualify. Loans must be repaid.

  4. All new UC San Diego international students will be assessed a one-time Visa Administration fee of $100.

  5. All new UC San Diego freshmen will be billed an average one-time Orientation fee of $181 and new transfers an average one-time Orientation fee of $120.

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: 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.

  • 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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