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Budgets for Undergraduates 2016-2017

See UCSD's estimated basic budgets for undergraduates for the 2016–2017 academic year.

Use this estimated budget to help decide how much money you'll need to attend UCSD and how much financial aid you may need to meet that goal. Your actual costs may differ. Your basic budget may also have add-ons for nonresident costs and orientation fees.

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Estimated Budget/Cost of Attendance for Undergraduates 2016–2017

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Living with Parents

On Campus

Off Campus

Tuition and Feesa

CA Resident Tuition/Fees: $13,672 $13,672 $13,672

UC Systemwide Tuition/Fees $12,294
UCSD Campus Fees $1,378

Housing and Meals

$4,861 $12,545 $10,131

Books and Supplies

$1,521 $1,521 $1,521


$1,686 $814 $1,632

Personal Expenses

$2,050 $1,598 $1,949
Estimated CA Resident Cost Totalsb $23,790 $30,150 $28,905

Additional Estimated Costs for Non-California Residents

Non-CA Resident Supplemental Tuition $26,682 $26,682 $26,682
Non-CA Resident Cost Totalsd $50,472 $56,832 $55,587


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.

a) All new freshmen will be billed an average one-time Orientation fee of $178 and new transfers an average one-time Orientation fee of $97. All new freshmen and transfers will be billed a one-time Document fee of $165. Any prior payments you made to the university (such as Student Intent to Register and Housing deposits) will show as credits towards your fall bill.
b) The Cost of Attendance (COA) does not include the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) of $2,011. The COA and award packages will be revised late October for students who do not opt out. For additional UC SHIP information, visit https://wellness.ucsd.edu/studenthealth/insurance/uc-ship/.
c) "Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments."
d) Non-California resident students applying for financial aid: Non-California residents pay Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition (currently estimated to be $26,682 annually) in addition to charges paid by in-state students. Along with the family’s resources, non-residents will only be considered for Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work-Study and loans to help meet their educational costs, if they qualify. Loans must be repaid.