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University of California-Santa Cruz Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$29,225 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$11,220 tuition
$14,408 on campus room & board
$1,420 books and supplies
$2,177 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)

$52,103 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$34,098 tuition
$14,408 on campus room & board
$1,420 books and supplies
$2,177 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$8,287 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
80% of students receive aid
51% get federal aid ($4,656 avg)
51% get state aid ($11,484 avg)
71% get institn'l aid ($8,287 avg)
62% get loans ($5,708 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 5.49% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 1.83% 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 $19,569 72%
Federal Grant Aid $4,656 51%
Pell Grants $4,585 51%
Other Federal Grants $2,891 1%
Institution Grant Aid $8,287 71%
State Grant Aid $11,484 51%
Student Loans $5,708 62%
Federal Loans $5,438 62%
Other Loans $16,095 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
  • 4
  • Dana from Carson, CA
  • Dec-29-2015 I am a current student here

    Now this definitely on a student's financial status, it is a UC, ranking it the more expensive universities in California, with financial aid, and outside scholarships, it's definitely possible to make it affordable!!

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  • Anonymous
  • Dec-18-2015 I am a current student here

    I am getting an excellent education while making life long friends in an ideal location. It is worth every cent.

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  • 3
  • Erik from Santa Rosa, CA
  • Sep-09-2015 I am a current student here

    Its a relatively cheap tuition for a four-year university, but if you're in my situation, relatively cheap isn't cheap enough. $13,000 a year is nothing to scoff at, and the on-campus housing is around $14,000 for a 9-month lease. The total cost of attendance is roughly $30,000 anually. But if its between this school and a $50,000 tuition private university, then this place is much more your speed. Its a relaxing environment that encourages free-thinking. I'd also like to point out I suffered a brain injury prior to attending that gave me a cavalcade of mental disorders including but not limited to depression, anxiety, and agorophobia, but spending a year in the woods definitely brought me much improvement.

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  • Anna from El Cerrito, CA
  • Dec-21-2014 I am a current student here

    Once again, depends on the classes you take. Don't pay 30K to come here and take crappy art classes because art isn't even a great major here. I'm not dissing the art department, but honestly if you are serious about art I don't recommend taking the art classes here. If you haven't decided what you want to major in yet, like me in my first year, take the good classes (although enroll fast b/c those classes are always full) that UCSC is known for! For example, astrophysics, psychology, biology, game design, etc. Also, GEs are an excellent way to get started.

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