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Part-Time Study (Undergraduate Students)

Find out if you're eligible for part-time status. If you're an undergraduate approved for part-time status, you may be eligible for reduced fees.

Definition: You are a part-time undergraduate student if you're approved to enroll for 10 or fewer units per quarter.

Note: No special approval is required to study part-time during the summer.

Eligibility and enrollment

  • You can be approved part-time status for reasons of:
    • Employment: Verification of 20 or more hours per week of employment on letterhead from employer is required.
    • Family responsibilities: Documentation of immediate family responsibilities is required.
    • Medical: Verification from a doctor for serious or sustained illness or injury.
    • Graduating senior status: May apply for only one of final three quarters of enrollment. Maximum of one quarter of part-time status will be approved for reason of graduating senior. International students in F-1 or J-1 visa status may apply in their final graduating term only.
  • Your college must grant approval for you to enroll as a part-time student.
  • You must reapply for part-time study either quarterly or yearly, depending on the application submitted.
  • International students in F-1 or J-1 visa status must be approved by the International Students & Programs Office, and may only be approved for Medical reason or Graduating senior status.

Application and approval

  • Complete the Part-Time Study Application (E-Form).
    • Application deadline: By Friday of Week 2 of the quarter, you must submit the application with supporting documents (if applicable), and be enrolled in 10 units or fewer. 
  • Approval for part-time study exempts students from the 36 unit-per-year minimum progress requirement.
  • Approval for part-time study is granted for one of the following:
    • One full academic year (fall, winter and spring quarters)
    • Two continuous quarters (fall and winter OR winter and spring)
    • One single quarter (fall, winter or spring)
  • Approval is not automatic, and should not be assumed.
  • Note: If you're receiving financial assistance, be sure to contact the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office regarding eligibility requirements.
  • Note: International students in F-1 or J-1 visa status may only be approved for Health or Final Quarter reasons. International students must receive additional authorization to drop below full time enrollment by submitting an International Student Reduced Course Load Request. The student will receive an updated I-20 or DS-2019 with the reduced course load approval. Contact the International Students & Programs Office with any questions regarding F-1 or J-1 status and reduced course load.

Change in status

  • If you drop to 10 units or fewer after Friday of Week 2 of classes, you won't receive a fee reduction.
  • If you receive a reduction in fees and you increase the number of units you're taking to 10.5 or more anytime in the quarter, you will be billed for the difference for full-time fees.
  • If you make any adjustments to your schedule Weeks 2 through 4, please check your student account. If you see that you have been incorrectly assessed full-time tuition, please contact the Registrar's Office.
  • Any adjustments made after Week 4 could result in assessment of full-time fees. Courses dropped with a "W" grade are included in total enrolled units.

Reduced fees and billing

If you have been approved for part-time study and are enrolled in 10 or fewer units at the end of the second week of classes, you are eligible for a reduction of:

  • One-half of tuition
  • One-half of nonresident supplemental tuition, if applicable

UC's Systemwide Tuition Stability Plan also known as Cohort Tuition

Beginning fall 2022, tuition will be adjusted for each incoming undergraduate class but will subsequently remain flat until the student graduates, for up to six years.

Part-time fee table

Mandatory Registration Fees

Fall 2022

Winter 2023

Spring 2023

Annual Total

Registration Fee Payment Deadline 9/16/22 12/16/22 3/24/23
Systemwide Tuition and Fees
Undergraduates First Enrolled 2022-2023
2022 Student Services Fee $392.00 $392.00 $392.00 $1,1176.00
2022 Tuition $1,988.00 $1,988.00 $1,988.00 $5,964.00
2002 Nonresident Supplemental Tuition $5,171.00 $5,171.00 $5,171.00 $15,513.00
Undergraduates First Enrolled 2021-2022 or earlier
2021 Student Services Fee $376.00 $376.00 $376.00 $1,128.00
2021 Tuition $1,907.00 $1,907,00 $1,907.00 $5,721.00
2021 Nonresident Supplemental Tuition $4,959.00 $4,959.00 $4,959.00 $14,877.00
UC San Diego Fees    
Campus Activity Fee $79.88 $79.88 $79.88 $239.64
University Center Fee $110.55 $110.55 $110.55 $331.65
RIMAC Recreation Facility Fee $95.00 $95.00 $95.00 285.00
Canyonview Recreation Facility Fee $22.00 $22.00 $22.00 $66.00
ICA Student Activity Fee $324.36 $324.36 $324.36 $973.08
Health Insurance $671.00 $671.00 $671.00 $2.013.00
CAPS/Student Mental Health Fee $35.71 $35.71 $35.71 $107.13
Student Transportation Fee $67.53 $67.53 $67.53 $202.59
Document Fee (Fall quarter, one-time, newly admitted students) $165.00 -- -- $165.00

Other Fees:

UCSA Systemwide Fee: ($7.00 annually, effective Fall 2022) $3.00 Fall quarter, $2.00 Winter quarter, $2.00 Spring quarter.

International Student Visa Administration Fee: All first-time enrolled international first-year, transfer and graduate students will be assessed a one-time visa administration fee of $100.00 during their admitted term, effective Fall 2018.

Undergraduate College Activity Fee:

  • Muir, $17.00 per quarter
  • Revelle, $9.00 per quarter
  • Thurgood Marshall, $11.48 per quarter
  • Warren, $9.67 per quarter
  • Eleanor Roosevelt, $12.50 Fall quarter, $15.00 Winter quarter, $15.00 Spring quarter
  • Sixth, $13.21 per quarter
  • Seventh, $12.00 per quarter

Health Insurance is required as a condition of enrollment. Students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) however, students already covered by an insurance plan may qualify for a health fee waiver.  Please see the Student Health Insurance Plan page for more information, including waiver criteria, submission process and deadline.

CAPS/Student Mental Health Fee: Per quarter fee, effective Fall 2020.

Non-California Residents: See Residence for Tuition Purposes.