Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

University of California Davis tuition is $11,502 per year for in-state residents. This is 59% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 52% cheaper than the average California tuition of $23,930 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 50th in California amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 95th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $39,516 which represents a 244% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $2,917 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $14,419.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $16,136 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Davis should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,253.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,921 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,383 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state California residents to go to UC Davis is $35,729 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have California residence can expect a one year cost of $63,743.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for University of California Davis and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for University of California Davis
Estimated Budgets
California Resident Total Budget $35,729
   In-State Tuition$11,502
   Other Fees$2,917
   Room and Board$16,136
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,921
   Books and Supplies$1,253
Non-Resident Total Budget $63,743
   Out-of-State Tuition$39,516
   Other Fees$2,917
   Room and Board$16,136
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,921
   Books and Supplies$1,253


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $35,729 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported UC Davis net price for in-state students is $16,231* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

67% of University of California Davis students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $17,183. 37 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 $4,564. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of California Davis, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of California Davis
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$16,231*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid67%
Average Total Grant Aid$17,183
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants37%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,564

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

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$10,492
$30,001 to $48,000$11,625
$48,001 to $75,000$14,696
$75,001 to $110,000$21,513

Average Financial Aid Mix - $35,729 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $35,729. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 54% - $17,183

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, University of California Davis or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 16% - $5,233

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 30% -  $9,392

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.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if UC Davis 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 90/100 for University of California Davis. Considering an average net price paid of $14,072, this leads to an overall value ranking of 82/100. This places the school 27th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. University of California Davis
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo50.1% less expensive
University of California Santa Barbara0% less expensive
University of California Irvine0% less expensive
University of California San Diego0% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

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 Davis.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at UC Davis is $142,916 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 $14,072 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $56,288**

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 $178,645 or $70,360 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.

Other Costs

Student Loans and Debt

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. 41% of University of California Davis students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,233. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $19,970.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of California Davis? 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 $56,288, 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 $69,840.50. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of California Davis. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 67% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $14,072. 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 Davis 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.

University of California Davis Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$582.00
Amount Borrowed$56,288.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$13,552.50
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$69,840.50

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend UC Davis? 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 Davis, 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 $69,840.50 would be needed to afford a $582.00 monthly payment in the example $56,288.00 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.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to University of California Davis in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $11,220 to $11,502. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 0.5%. 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 $142,916.00. 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 Davis.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$49,136$196,543
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$62,711$250,844
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $80,037$320,148
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $92,653$370,611

Tuition History

What was tuition at UC Davis 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.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2012$11,220$34,098 19.3%
2011$9,402$32,281 0.5%
2010$9,358$32,027 8.4%
2009$8,635$29,243 6.3%
2008$8,124$27,744 7.2%
2007$7,576$26,260 1.6%
2006$7,457$24,449 -1.3%
2005$7,557$24,513 17.4%
2004$6,438$20,648 39%
2003$4,630$16,974 0.8%
2002$4,595$15,669 12.8%
2001$4,072$14,686 0.9%
2000$4,034$14,208 -2.9%
1999$4,153$13,727 -4.1%
1998$4,331$13,315 2.4%
1997$4,230$12,624 1.3%
1996$4,174$11,873 -4.6%
1995$4,374$12,076 17.8%
1994$3,712$11,411 24.6%
1993$2,980$10,679 22.6%
1992$2,430$10,129 42.9%
1991$1,701$7,617 5.9%
1990$1,606$7,405 4.9%
1989$1,531$6,337 4.4%
1988$1,467$5,632 14.1%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of California Davis 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
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 402 58% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 300 59% costlier
Neurobiology and Anatomy Bachelor's Degree 245 6% costlier
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 199 72% costlier
Exercise Physiology Bachelor's Degree 191 50% costlier
Nutrition Sciences Bachelor's Degree 169 42% costlier
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 151 74% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 132 50% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 89 58% costlier
Communication, General Bachelor's Degree 76 65% costlier
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 76 25% costlier
Genetics, General Bachelor's Degree 75 47% costlier
Biotechnology Bachelor's Degree 68 70% costlier
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning Bachelor's Degree 64 56% costlier
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 63 36% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 62 48% costlier
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 61 62% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 55 42% costlier
Food Science Bachelor's Degree 54 62% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 53 55% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 47 56% costlier
Natural Resources and Conservation, Other Bachelor's Degree 44 58% costlier
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology Bachelor's Degree 39 43% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 39 39% costlier
Zoology/Animal Biology Bachelor's Degree 38 61% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 36 59% costlier
Natural Resources/Conservation, General Bachelor's Degree 36 58% costlier
Viticulture and Enology Bachelor's Degree 35 26% costlier
Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree 33 56% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 33 50% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 30 53% costlier
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies Bachelor's Degree 28 32% costlier
Apparel and Textiles, General Bachelor's Degree 25 72% costlier
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Bachelor's Degree 25 26% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 22 54% costlier
Animal Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 21 41% costlier
Urban Forestry Bachelor's Degree 20 50% costlier
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Bachelor's Degree 18 2% costlier
Chinese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 18 18% costlier
Japanese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 16 21% costlier
International Agriculture Bachelor's Degree 16 46% costlier
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering Bachelor's Degree 16 40% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 16 41% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 15 41% costlier
Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree 14 42% costlier
Asian-American Studies Bachelor's Degree 14 16% costlier
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 13 28% costlier
Botany/Plant Biology Bachelor's Degree 13 58% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 12 38% costlier
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 11 26% costlier
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 9 35% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 8 30% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 8 55% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 8 34% costlier
Science, Technology and Society Bachelor's Degree 8 13% costlier
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology Bachelor's Degree 8 8% costlier
Pre-Veterinary Studies Bachelor's Degree 8 60% costlier
Visual and Performing Arts, Other Bachelor's Degree 7 33% costlier
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 7 23% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 6 53% costlier
Hydrology and Water Resources Science Bachelor's Degree 6 45% costlier
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General Bachelor's Degree 5 58% costlier
Agricultural Business and Management, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 55% costlier
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 34% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 5 52% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 5 48% costlier
American Indian/Native American Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 72% costlier
Italian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 22% costlier
Physics, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 36% costlier
Plant Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 4 59% costlier
Soil Science and Agronomy, General Bachelor's Degree 4 62% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 4 50% costlier
Political Science and Government, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 37% costlier
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 79% costlier
Agricultural Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 3 93% costlier
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 21% costlier
Agronomy and Crop Science Bachelor's Degree 3 77% costlier
Psychology, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 37% costlier
Entomology Bachelor's Degree 2 41% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 2 50% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 35% costlier
Materials Engineering Bachelor's Degree 2 33% costlier
Computational Mathematics Bachelor's Degree 2 14% costlier
Near and Middle Eastern Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 6% costlier
Design and Visual Communications, General Bachelor's Degree 1 61% costlier
East Asian Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 12% costlier
Environmental Toxicology Bachelor's Degree 1 3% costlier
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 30% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 45% costlier
Molecular Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 1 7% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 52% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 1 37% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 1 51% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 1 49% costlier
Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 1 40% costlier
Optics/Optical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 1 16% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 1 54% costlier
Physical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 48% costlier
Applied Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 42% costlier
Comparative Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 15% costlier


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About University of California Davis

University of California Davis is a four year public college located in Davis, California.  Full time enrollment is 35,109 and part time is 1,351. Learn more about getting accepted at University of California Davis at CollegeSimply.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

University of California Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, California

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of California Davis 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 Davis cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110644 IPEDS survey data.