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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

$8,256 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
82% of students receive aid
40% get federal aid ($4,789 avg)
52% get state aid ($9,839 avg)
68% get institn'l aid ($8,256 avg)
52% get loans ($5,820 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 $16,599 76%
Federal Grant Aid $4,789 40%
Pell Grants $4,752 40%
Other Federal Grants $2,513 1%
Institution Grant Aid $8,256 68%
State Grant Aid $9,839 52%
Student Loans $5,820 52%
Federal Loans $5,395 52%
Other Loans $17,605 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
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State -
Out of State -


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 3
  • 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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  • 4
  • 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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  • 5
  • kyle
  • May-22-2016 I am a past student here

    you literally feel like you are living in the most beautiful place in the world. you are on a hill overlooking the entire ocean with miles of redwoods behind you. undergraduate classes get full quickly and they are large class sizes. but once you get into your upper division classes, its is fantastic! the class sizes are extremely small and you do not have to worry so much about the classes filling up.

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  • 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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