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University of California-Merced Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$32,683 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$13,262 tuition
$15,933 on campus room & board
$1,446 books and supplies
$2,042 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$53,519 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$34,098 tuition
$15,933 on campus room & board
$1,446 books and supplies
$2,042 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$10,825 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
92% of students receive aid
64% get federal aid ($4,983 avg)
75% get state aid ($10,991 avg)
77% get institn'l aid ($10,825 avg)
52% get loans ($4,651 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 5.43% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 0.0943% 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 $22,129 90%
Federal Grant Aid $4,983 64%
Pell Grants $4,955 64%
Other Federal Grants $4,773 1%
Institution Grant Aid $10,825 77%
State Grant Aid $10,991 75%
Student Loans $4,651 52%
Federal Loans $4,562 52%
Other Loans $6,859 1%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 2
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: April 1
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: June 1
Does University of California-Merced offer...
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343-5603
(209) 228-4400
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State -
Out of State -


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Marco
  • I am a current student here

    The price has gone up since they are just finishing the new dorms and DC but its honestly worth it if you are trying to get away from the traffic and city life.

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  • 3
  • SigmaTech
  • I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    State schools are a lot cheaper

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  • 5
  • Sofia from Los Angeles, CA
  • I am a current student here

    There are hidden bobcat statues, one of which I've seen. I was walking to (or from) class and I look to the lake underneath the bridge that I'm walking on. Just as I was doing that I notice something next to the trees beside me and BAM! there it was. A bobcat statue pouncing. I admit, I jumped when I saw it. I did not expect it there. So of course I told my friend (best friend that attends UCM and came from the same high school). As we were walking to class I pointed it out. Her reaction: Stopped in her tracks, backed up, and gasped. I laughed at her, as any friend would, and made fun of her reaction, not admitting to my earlier response.

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