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Costs of Attendance for Undergraduates 2018-2019

See UC San Diego's estimated basic costs of attendance for undergraduates for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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

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Estimated Cost of Attendance for Undergraduates 2018–2019

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Living with Parents

On Campus

Off Campus

Tuition and Feesa

CA Resident Tuition/Fees: $14,199 $14,199 $14,199

UC Systemwide Tuition/Fees $12,570
UC San Diego Campus Fees $1,629

Housing and Meals

$6,309 $13,788 $13,080

Books and Supplies

$1,101 $1,101 $1,101


$1,473 $519 $1,089

Personal Expenses

$1,608 $1,428 $1,566
Estimated CA Resident Cost Totalsb $24,690 $31,035 $31,035

Additional Estimated Costs for Non-California Residents

Non-CA Resident Supplemental Tuition $28,992 $28,992 $28,992
Non-CA Resident Cost Totalsd $53,682 $60,027 $60,027


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 UC San Diego freshmen will be billed an average one-time Orientation fee of $176 and new transfers an average one-time Orientation fee of $108. 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 San Diego Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) of $1,971. The COA and award packages will be revised late October for students who do not opt out. For additional UC San Diego SHIP information, visit https://wellness.ucsd.edu/studenthealth/insurance/uc-ship/Pages/default.aspx.
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 $28,992 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.