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Costs of Attendance

Learn about UC San Diego cost of attendance, and see its role in the financial aid process.

UC San Diego's estimated cost of attendance includes all education costs: registration fees, non-California resident tuition, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, personal expenses, and a health care insurance fee (or health care allowance). Students have choices about where they will live while attending UC San Diego. Each of these living arrangements has a different estimated cost.

Your estimated cost of attendance helps you and the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office determine approximately how much money you need to attend UC San Diego, and how much financial aid you need to meet that goal. Your actual costs may differ. And of course, the amount anyone spends depends greatly on his or her own personal situation and individual choices.

Cost of Attendance

  • Undergraduate cost of attendance estimates for  2017-2018 or 2018-2019

  • Graduate student cost of attendance estimates for 2017-2018 or 2018-2019

  • Professional school cost of attendance estimates:

    • School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS):
      • Master of International Affairs program for 2017-2018
      • 9-month Master of Advanced Studies in International Affairs (MAS-IA) program for 2017-2018
      • 18-month Master of Advanced Studies in International Affairs (MAS-IA) program for 2017-2018
      • Master of Public Policy (MPP) program for 2017-2018
      • Master of Chinese Economic and Political Affairs (MCEAP) program for 2017-2018
    • Rady School of Management:

If any of your costs are higher than your estimated cost of attendance , you can file an appeal, which may qualify you to obtain loans to help cover the additional costs.


These figures may not be final; actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California or, as authorized, by the President of the University of California. Accordingly, final approved levels and charges may differ from the amounts shown.

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