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University of California-Merced Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$28,740 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$11,220 tuition
$14,272 on campus room & board
$1,398 books
$1,850 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)

$51,618 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$34,098 tuition
$14,272 on campus room & board
$1,398 books
$1,850 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$8,180 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
90% of students receive aid
59% get federal aid ($4,696 avg)
59% get state aid ($10,854 avg)
72% get institn'l aid ($8,180 avg)
63% get loans ($4,868 avg)

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Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $18,063 84%
Federal Grant Aid $4,696 59%
Pell Grants $4,681 59%
Other Federal Grants $2,249 1%
Institution Grant Aid $8,180 72%
State Grant Aid $10,854 59%
Student Loans $4,868 63%
Federal Loans $4,707 63%
Other Loans $15,127 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: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
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


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Sofia from Los Angeles, CA
  • Nov-05-2014 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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  • Savannah from Exeter, CA
  • Mar-18-2014 I am a current student here

    UC Merced provides a significant amount of financial aid, which allows the college experience overall to be more enjoyable. While college education is, in general, extremely pricey, UC Merced is one of the most reasonably priced colleges that I applied to.

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  • 3
  • Celeste from Merced, CA
  • Mar-14-2014 I am a current student here

    They give the best financial aid but apply early to get the best out of it. Best to come here if you live in state. Financial Aid Received = Cost of Attendance - Expected Family Contribution

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