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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
  • 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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  • Anon
  • May-18-2014 I am a current student here

    It's really expensive to go here...but, the campus is really beautiful and there are lots of resources available to students.

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  • Devin from Sacramento, CA
  • Feb-28-2014 I am a current student here

    Definitely go into town and try Mission Hill Creamery. They have the best ice cream ever. Also try Hoffman's Bistro for a nice dinner with friends or a significant other. It has great food for a great price, and almost every night, they have live music entertainment. Also in town, you will find so many cute stores and boutiques for anything you could possibly want.

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  • Kisira from Seattle, WA
  • Feb-25-2014 I am a current student here

    Out-of-state people it might be a waste of money if you already like your city or there are neighboring cities near you that are fun. It is a great experience to be far away from home however.

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