University of California San Diego tuition is $11,220 per year for in-state residents. This is 64% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $6,841. The cost is 50% cheaper than the average California tuition of $22,404 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 45th in California amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 115th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $37,902 which represents a 238% premium.
The school charges an additional fees of $2,425 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $13,645.
On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $12,545 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in La Jolla should budget at least this amount.
The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,541.
If living on-campus, students should budget for $4,508 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $5,621 in other miscellaneous living expenses.
The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state California residents to go to UCSD is $32,239 for the 2015/2016 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have California residence can expect a one year cost of $58,921.
Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 IPEDS survey response for University of California San Diego and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.
|California Resident Total Budget||$32,239|
|Room and Board||$12,545|
|On-Campus Other Budget||$4,508|
|Books and Supplies||$1,541|
|Non-Resident Total Budget||$58,921|
|Room and Board||$12,545|
|On-Campus Other Budget||$4,508|
|Books and Supplies||$1,541|
Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $32,239 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.
The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported UCSD net price for in-state students is $13,693* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.
56% of University of California San Diego students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $17,034. 32 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,626. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of California San Diego, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
|Financial Aid Summary|
|Average Annual Net Price||$13,693*|
|Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid||56%|
|Average Total Grant Aid||$17,034|
|Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants||32%|
|Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid||$4,626|
The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.
|Family Income||Avg. Net Price|
|$0 to $30,000||$8,362|
|$30,001 to $48,000||$9,832|
|$48,001 to $75,000||$12,831|
|$75,001 to $110,000||$20,286|
CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $32,239. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.
Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, University of California San Diego or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.
Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.
Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.
*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.
Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.
To make a comparative assessment if UCSD is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 94/100 for University of California San Diego. Considering an average net price paid of $12,621, this leads to an overall value ranking of 85/100. This places the school 10th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.
|School||Cost vs. University of California San Diego|
|University of California Irvine||0% less expensive|
|University of California Los Angeles||0% less expensive|
|University of California Santa Barbara||0% less expensive|
|California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo||51.2% less expensive|
|University of California Berkeley||0% less expensive|
When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at University of California San Diego.
At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at UCSD is $128,956 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.
A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $12,621 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $50,484**
If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $161,195 or $63,105 using an average net price.
**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.
The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 40% of University of California San Diego students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,750.
How much are student loan payments for University of California San Diego? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.
The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $50,484, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $62,639.07. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of California San Diego. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 56% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $12,621. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our University of California San Diego student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.
Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.
|Monthly Loan Payment||$521.99|
|Number of Monthly Payments||120|
|Total Interest Cost||$12,155.07|
|Sum of All Payments over 10 years||$62,639.07|
Can I afford to attend UCSD? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending University of California San Diego, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.
Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $62,639.07 would be needed to afford a $521.99 monthly payment in the example $50,484.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.
What will it cost to send your child to University of California San Diego in the future? Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $128,956.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for University of California San Diego.
|Annual||4 Year Degree|
|Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2023||$44,336||$177,345|
|Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2028||$56,585||$226,342|
|Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2033||$72,219||$288,876|
|Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2036||$83,602||$334,410|
What was tuition at UCSD five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.
We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of California San Diego to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.
|Area of Study||Graduates||vs National Avg|
|Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree||161||48% costlier|
|Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree||140||23% costlier|
|Structural Engineering Bachelor's Degree||105||33% costlier|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree||99||49% costlier|
|Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree||66||37% costlier|
|Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering Bachelor's Degree||64||38% costlier|
|Molecular Biology Bachelor's Degree||55||30% costlier|
|Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other Bachelor's Degree||40||40% costlier|
|American Government and Politics (United States) Bachelor's Degree||34||69% costlier|
|Music, General Bachelor's Degree||32||52% costlier|
|English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree||29||56% costlier|
|Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree||28||60% costlier|
|Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree||22||56% costlier|
|Animal Physiology Bachelor's Degree||19||35% costlier|
|History, General Bachelor's Degree||17||53% costlier|
|Economics, General Bachelor's Degree||14||40% costlier|
|Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree||13||48% costlier|
|Political Science and Government, Other Bachelor's Degree||13||35% costlier|
|Bioinformatics Bachelor's Degree||11||53% costlier|
|Communication, General Bachelor's Degree||10||61% costlier|
|Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||10||76% costlier|
|Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree||10||50% costlier|
|Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||9||45% costlier|
|Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree||9||28% costlier|
|Sociology Bachelor's Degree||9||52% costlier|
|Anthropology Bachelor's Degree||8||39% costlier|
|International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree||8||42% costlier|
|Urban Studies/Affairs Bachelor's Degree||8||33% costlier|
|Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree||8||51% costlier|
|Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering Bachelor's Degree||7||32% costlier|
|Chinese Studies Bachelor's Degree||7||21% costlier|
|Area Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree||7||24% costlier|
|Mathematics and Computer Science Bachelor's Degree||6||30% costlier|
|Management Science Bachelor's Degree||5||52% costlier|
|Physical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree||5||47% costlier|
|Dance, General Bachelor's Degree||5||38% costlier|
|Visual and Performing Arts, General Bachelor's Degree||5||53% costlier|
|Engineering Science Bachelor's Degree||5||31% costlier|
|Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree||5||48% costlier|
|Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree||4||69% costlier|
|English Language and Literature/Letters, Other Bachelor's Degree||4||35% costlier|
|Japanese Studies Bachelor's Degree||4||13% costlier|
|Italian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||4||21% costlier|
|Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree||3||29% costlier|
|Biophysics Bachelor's Degree||3||15% costlier|
|Chemistry, Other Bachelor's Degree||3||48% costlier|
|Linguistics Bachelor's Degree||3||27% costlier|
|Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree||3||35% costlier|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||3||55% costlier|
|Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree||3||28% costlier|
|Cognitive Science Bachelor's Degree||3||17% costlier|
|Philosophy Bachelor's Degree||2||39% costlier|
|Physics, Other Bachelor's Degree||2||33% costlier|
|Social Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree||2||33% costlier|
|Anatomy Bachelor's Degree||2||14% costlier|
|Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree||2||50% costlier|
|Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree||2||53% costlier|
|Latin American Studies Bachelor's Degree||2||19% costlier|
|Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree||2||32% costlier|
|Computer Science Bachelor's Degree||2||49% costlier|
|Applied Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree||2||40% costlier|
|Neurobiology and Anatomy Bachelor's Degree||2||5% costlier|
|Mathematics, Other Bachelor's Degree||1||30% costlier|
|Russian Studies Bachelor's Degree||1||12% costlier|
|Engineering Physics/Applied Physics Bachelor's Degree||1||29% costlier|
|Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree||1||50% costlier|
|Statistics, Other Bachelor's Degree||1||76% costlier|
|German Studies Bachelor's Degree||1||14% costlier|
|Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree||1||45% costlier|
|Geochemistry Bachelor's Degree||1||58% costlier|
|Physics, General Bachelor's Degree||1||42% costlier|
|Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree||1||19% costlier|
|Chemical Physics Bachelor's Degree||1||9% costlier|
|Italian Studies Bachelor's Degree||1||1% costlier|
|French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||1||36% costlier|
|Geophysics and Seismology Bachelor's Degree||1||30% costlier|
Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for University of California San Diego or model a student loan.
University of California San Diego is a four year public college located in La Jolla, California. Full time enrollment is 33,821 and part time is 1,158.
Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.Address
University of California San Diego is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.
University of California San Diego cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110680 IPEDS survey data.