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University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$26,614 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$11,220 tuition
$11,923 on campus room & board
$1,474 books
$1,997 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)

$49,492 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$34,098 tuition
$11,923 on campus room & board
$1,474 books
$1,997 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$11,854 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
67% of students receive aid
37% get federal aid ($11,854 avg)
46% get state aid ($11,999 avg)
67% get institn'l aid ($11,854 avg)
50% get loans ($16,317 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 14.0% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 4.23% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $15,920 69%
Federal Grant Aid $11,854 37%
Pell Grants $4,643 46%
Other Federal Grants $3,575 2%
Institution Grant Aid $11,854 67%
State Grant Aid $11,999 46%
Student Loans $16,317 50%
Federal Loans $5,043 53%
Other Loans $4,601 5%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 2
Financial aid deadline: June 1
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: within 3 week(s) of notification
Financial Aid Contact Info
9500 Gilman Dr
La Jolla, CA 92093-0021
(858) 534-2230


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 4
  • CL from San Gabriel Valley
  • Jul-29-2014 I am a current student here

    Colleges are unreasonably priced as it is, however a degree as UCSD is one of the finest. There are the down sides to studying at such a big, prestigious school however, namely the size. A lot of the classes are too big and it's basically impossible to get to know your professors personally unless you go to office hours. On that note however, many of the professors offer multiple office hours so its not impossible to get to know them, it's just up to you to do that.

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  • Rachel from San Diego, CA
  • Jul-10-2014 I am a current student here

    This school is definitely a great investment! The research and internship opportunities at the various labs, the UCSD Medical School, the Preuss school or even the neighboring hospitals are priceless. It is a great place for networking and buffering your resume.

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  • April from San Diego, CA
  • Jul-07-2014 I am a current student here

    UCSD offers an excellent education for the price, but is hiking student fees to pay for higher ranking sports programs. Since the mandate is to educate the youth of California for a reasonable price, I find this pursuit of prestige at the cost of their student body distasteful. UCSD literally spent millions researching the pros for this program, and less than $50,000 researching the negative impacts on its financially disadvantaged students. Of course, they claimed that students would not be negatively impacted, and that financial aid would remain the same, but a close look shows that more financial aid will now be funneled to athletes who perform excellent athletics,and less will go to needy students who do a good job with their academics. In addition, despite all assurances to the contrary, the UC Regents recently voted for a 32% fee increasein the near future (aprox. 2-3 yrs.) I personally know two students who are going to be priced out of the college by this decision, students who have a right, by mandate, not to be priced out in favor of a athletes who can promote a flashy football team.

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  • Elijah from Escondido, CA
  • Jun-20-2014 I am a current student here

    The school is definitely cheaper than private schools and offers a good education for the price. There are some services on campus, such as parking, that are on the pricey side, but overall a good school for what you have to pay. Textbooks are always expensive, but there are many ways to get them cheap, such as borrowing or buying used. Out of state students, however, do pay through the nose and would disagree with what I said earlier.

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