Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

University of California Irvine tuition is $11,442 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 48th in California amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 97th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $40,434 which represents a 253% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $2,258 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $13,700.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $15,263 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Irvine should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,363.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,935 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,968 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state California residents to go to UCI is $34,261 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have California residence can expect a one year cost of $63,253.

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

Costs and Tuition for University of California Irvine
Estimated Budgets
California Resident Total Budget $34,261
   In-State Tuition$11,442
   Other Fees$2,258
   Room and Board$15,263
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,935
   Books and Supplies$1,363
Non-Resident Total Budget $63,253
   Out-of-State Tuition$40,434
   Other Fees$2,258
   Room and Board$15,263
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,935
   Books and Supplies$1,363


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 $34,261 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 UCI net price for in-state students is $13,944* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

60% of University of California Irvine students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $18,824. 38 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 $4,830. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of California Irvine, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of California Irvine
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$13,944*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid60%
Average Total Grant Aid$18,824
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants38%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,830

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$8,546
$30,001 to $48,000$10,065
$48,001 to $75,000$13,182
$75,001 to $110,000$20,723

Average Financial Aid Mix - $34,261 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $34,261. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 62% - $18,824

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

Federal Loans

 16% - $4,765

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

Out of Pocket

 22% -  $6,737

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 UCI 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 Irvine. Considering an average net price paid of $13,217, this leads to an overall value ranking of 85/100. This places the school 5th 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 Irvine
University of California Los Angeles0% less expensive
University of California San Diego0% less expensive
University of California Santa Barbara0% less expensive
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo49.8% less expensive
University of California Berkeley0% 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 Irvine.

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 UCI is $137,044 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 $13,217 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $52,868**

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 $171,305 or $66,085 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. 35% of University of California Irvine students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,765. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $19,459.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of California Irvine? 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 $52,868, 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 $65,597.06. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of California Irvine. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 60% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $13,217. 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 Irvine 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 Irvine Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$546.64
Amount Borrowed$52,868.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$12,729.06
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$65,597.06

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend UCI? 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 Irvine, 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 $65,597.06 would be needed to afford a $546.64 monthly payment in the example $52,868.00 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 Irvine in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $11,220 to $11,442. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 0.4%. 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 $137,044.00. 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 Irvine.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$47,117$188,467
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$60,134$240,538
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $76,748$306,994
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $88,846$355,384

Tuition History

What was tuition at UCI 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 7.8%
2010$8,718$31,387 8.4%
2009$8,046$28,654 6.5%
2008$7,556$27,176 11.2%
2007$6,794$25,478 0.4%
2006$6,770$24,590 -1.8%
2005$6,895$23,851 11.8%
2004$6,165$20,375 33.9%
2003$4,604$16,983 1.1%
2002$4,556$15,630 14.8%
2001$3,969$14,583 2.6%
2000$3,870$14,044 -0.1%
1999$3,875$13,449 -4.7%
1998$4,065$13,049 0.1%
1997$4,059$12,453 0.2%
1996$4,049$11,748 -6.4%
1995$4,324$12,023 16.7%
1994$3,704$11,403 20.5%
1993$3,074$10,773 21.8%
1992$2,524$10,223 34.7%
1991$1,874$8,290 2.6%
1990$1,827$7,626 15.3%
1989$1,585$6,092 3.7%
1988$1,528$5,632 8.8%

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 Irvine 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 954 56% costlier
Criminology Bachelor's Degree 301 56% costlier
Public Health, Other Bachelor's Degree 247 36% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 148 52% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 104 49% costlier
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 86 24% costlier
International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree 84 44% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 80 47% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 78 54% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 72 54% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 69 51% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 62 50% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 56 71% costlier
Social Psychology Bachelor's Degree 49 93% costlier
Nursing Science Bachelor's Degree 48 70% costlier
Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree 42 62% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 42 29% costlier
Neuroscience Bachelor's Degree 40 10% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 37 59% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 35 52% costlier
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies Bachelor's Degree 35 31% costlier
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics Bachelor's Degree 30 20% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 26 38% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 25 51% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 20 56% costlier
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other Bachelor's Degree 17 27% costlier
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Bachelor's Degree 17 26% costlier
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering Bachelor's Degree 12 39% costlier
Comparative Literature Bachelor's Degree 12 14% costlier
Asian-American Studies Bachelor's Degree 12 15% costlier
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 12 33% costlier
East Asian Studies Bachelor's Degree 9 11% costlier
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, Other Bachelor's Degree 9 9% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 9 37% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 9 53% costlier
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other Bachelor's Degree 9 39% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 9 47% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 8 83% costlier
Urban Studies/Affairs Bachelor's Degree 7 35% costlier
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology Bachelor's Degree 7 42% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 7 64% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 7 50% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 33% costlier
Materials Engineering Bachelor's Degree 6 32% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 6 58% costlier
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 25% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 5 41% costlier
Genetics, General Bachelor's Degree 5 46% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 4 55% costlier
Chinese Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 21% costlier
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 4 65% costlier
European Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 4 15% costlier
Japanese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 21% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 3 49% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 3 40% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 44% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 3 49% costlier
Chinese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 17% costlier
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 3 40% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 2 40% costlier
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 2 19% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 2 53% costlier
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology Bachelor's Degree 2 7% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 2 49% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 2 57% costlier
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 34% costlier
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering Bachelor's Degree 1 33% costlier
German Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 14% costlier


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About University of California Irvine

University of California Irvine is a four year public college located in Irvine, California.  Full time enrollment is 35,200 and part time is 832. Learn more about getting accepted at University of California Irvine at CollegeSimply.

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

University of California Irvine
501 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, California

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of California Irvine 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 Irvine cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110653 IPEDS survey data.