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Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$29,683 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$11,220 tuition
$14,861 on campus room & board
$1,406 books
$2,196 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)

$52,561 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$34,098 tuition
$14,861 on campus room & board
$1,406 books
$2,196 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$9,215 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
73% of students receive aid
42% get federal aid ($5,378 avg)
40% get state aid ($6,530 avg)
62% get institn'l aid ($9,215 avg)
57% get loans ($5,506 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 12.8% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 4.15% 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 $16,552 64%
Federal Grant Aid $5,378 42%
Pell Grants $4,476 42%
Other Federal Grants $995 41%
Institution Grant Aid $9,215 62%
State Grant Aid $6,530 40%
Student Loans $5,506 57%
Federal Loans $5,280 56%
Other Loans $16,711 1%

Merit Aid Available

Merit Aid

Merit Scholarships Available Amount freshman returning transfer graduate
$9,000 Y Y R N
$4,000 - $6,000 Y Y Y N
- Y Y Y
$500 - $1,500
$20,000 R
Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: -
Financial aid deadline: March 2
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Does University of California-Santa Cruz offer...
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
1156 High St
Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1011
(831) 459-0111


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Devin from Sacramento, CA
  • Feb-28-2014 I am a current student here

    Definitely go into town and try Mission Hill Creamery. They have the best ice cream ever. Also try Hoffman's Bistro for a nice dinner with friends or a significant other. It has great food for a great price, and almost every night, they have live music entertainment. Also in town, you will find so many cute stores and boutiques for anything you could possibly want.

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  • 3
  • Kisira from Seattle, WA
  • Feb-25-2014 I am a current student here

    Out-of-state people it might be a waste of money if you already like your city or there are neighboring cities near you that are fun. It is a great experience to be far away from home however.

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  • 3
  • Andrew
  • Dec-22-2013 I am a current student here

    Definitely overpriced, but worth the debt.

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  • 5
  • Brooke from Nevada City, CA
  • Dec-08-2013 I am a past student here

    Because this is a University of California, it is rather pricey. Of course there are many financial aid possibilities. However, as far as UC's go, this one has the best campus and location by far, so it is well worth the price. You will love it here!

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