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University of California-Santa Cruz Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$30,226 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$11,220 tuition
$15,217 on campus room & board
$1,470 books and supplies
$2,319 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$56,908 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$37,902 tuition
$15,217 on campus room & board
$1,470 books and supplies
$2,319 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$9,068 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
77% of students receive aid
36% get federal aid ($4,696 avg)
44% get state aid ($10,971 avg)
66% get institn'l aid ($9,068 avg)
47% get loans ($5,840 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 0.352% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 3.53% 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 $17,812 70%
Federal Grant Aid $4,696 36%
Pell Grants $4,657 36%
Other Federal Grants $3,013 0%
Institution Grant Aid $9,068 66%
State Grant Aid $10,971 44%
Student Loans $5,840 47%
Federal Loans $5,300 47%
Other Loans $15,556 2%

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
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State -
Out of State -


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 4
  • Daniel from NOR-CAL
  • Jan-20-2018 I am a current student here

    All UCs are expensive, but I think UCSC is affordable with its financial aid packages as well as worth your money. UCSC not only gives you a professional education, but also provides students with an overwhelming amount of job, internship, and research opportunities. In fact 70% of all engineering students leave with at least one internship experience.

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  • Samuel from National City, CA
  • Oct-05-2016 I am a current student here

    No no no no no! Like any UC school, you have to sign up for a college and take a mandatory core course AFTER you finish your anti-alcohol anti-sex online courses. Teachers let their bias show and depending on who you have, may never teach you a thing! Come here for the name, UC Santa Cruz, and our clubs and networking opportunities, but not for some magical experience :P

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  • rr
  • May-28-2016 I am a current student here

    th education here is no different than ucla or berkley and since ucs are in such high demand there is nowhere else you would rather be.

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