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Budgets and Costs of Attendance

Learn how much to budget to attend UCSD, and see the role of budgets in the financial aid process.

UCSD's estimated budgets include 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 UCSD. Each of these living arrangements has a different estimated cost.

Your estimated budget helps you and the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office determine approximately how much money you need to attend UCSD, 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.


  • Undergraduate budget estimates for  2017-2018 or 2018-2019

  • Graduate student budget estimates for 2017-2018 or 2018-2019

  • Professional school budget 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 budget, 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.

Other resources you may find helpful:

  • Financial Aid Estimator: This calculator tool provides estimates of financial aid award for prospective students. Actual financial aid is determined by completing a FAFSA.
  • Planning ahead: The UC San Diego Campus Profile (PDF) includes information about fees and financial aid, and a financial aid estimator.
  • Financial need: Find out how UCSD's Financial Aid Office calculates the financial aid you may receive based on your need. Read more in How UCSD Determines Financial Aid Awards.
  • Approved part-time study: Your fees and tuition will be reduced if you're approved for part-time study. This also results in financial aid reduction.
  • Non-California resident students: Non-California residents pay Non-California Resident Supplemental Tuition (currently estimated to be $22,878 annually) in addition to charges paid by in-state students. The university is unable to provide university grant or scholarship support for this additional tuition cost. Federal loans, which must be repaid by you or your family, may help cover some or all of this cost. Not all Non-California residents will qualify for a Federal or Private Loan, thus all Non-California resident families should be prepared to pay the additional cost, currently $24,708 annually, from family resources. For details, see:
  • Subsidized child care: Child care costs qualify as a budget add-on and may make you eligible for loans. Also, UCSD's Early Care & Education Centers may be able to offer you full-time, on-campus subsidized child care, although this is not technically financial aid.
  • Prospective Students: Finances
  • Applying for Financial Aid
  • Paying for UC: More Information
  • UCSD School of Medicine's Financial Aid Office