Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

University of California Riverside tuition is $11,502 per year for in-state residents. This is 63% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 51% cheaper than the average California tuition of $23,377 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 51st in California amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 94th 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 $2,415 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $13,917.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $15,542 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Riverside should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,316.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,888 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,625 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state California residents to go to UC Riverside is $34,663 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have California residence can expect a one year cost of $62,677.

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

Costs and Tuition for University of California Riverside
Estimated Budgets
California Resident Total Budget $34,663
   In-State Tuition$11,502
   Other Fees$2,415
   Room and Board$15,542
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,888
   Books and Supplies$1,316
Non-Resident Total Budget $62,677
   Out-of-State Tuition$39,516
   Other Fees$2,415
   Room and Board$15,542
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,888
   Books and Supplies$1,316


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 $34,663 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 Riverside net price for in-state students is $13,110* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

80% of University of California Riverside students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $17,755. 55 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 $4,721. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of California Riverside, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of California Riverside
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$13,110*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid80%
Average Total Grant Aid$17,755
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants55%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,721

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$9,678
$30,001 to $48,000$10,518
$48,001 to $75,000$13,013
$75,001 to $110,000$19,570

Average Financial Aid Mix - $34,663 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $34,663. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 58% - $17,755

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

Federal Loans

 18% - $5,510

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

Out of Pocket

 24% -  $7,510

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.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. University of California Riverside
California State Polytechnic University Pomona50.1% less expensive
California State University Long Beach50.1% 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 Riverside.

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 Riverside is $138,652 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 $11,340 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $45,360**

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 $173,315 or $56,700 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. 55% of University of California Riverside students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,510. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $21,300.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of California Riverside? 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 $45,360, 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 $56,281.36. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of California Riverside. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 80% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $11,340. 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 Riverside 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 Riverside Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$469.01
Amount Borrowed$45,360.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$10,921.36
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$56,281.36

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend UC Riverside? 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 Riverside, 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 $56,281.36 would be needed to afford a $469.01 monthly payment in the example $45,360.00 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 Riverside 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 $138,652.00. 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 Riverside.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$47,670$190,679
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$60,840$243,360
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $77,649$310,596
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $89,888$359,553

Tuition History

What was tuition at UC Riverside 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 10.5%
2010$8,507$31,176 8.4%
2009$7,845$28,453 6.7%
2008$7,355$26,975 11.6%
2007$6,590$25,274 0%
2006$6,590$24,410 -1.4%
2005$6,684$23,640 12.3%
2004$5,951$19,681 34.4%
2003$4,427$16,806 1.2%
2002$4,373$15,447 13.4%
2001$3,856$14,470 -2.1%
2000$3,937$13,510 0%
1999$3,936$13,509 -4.6%
1998$4,126$13,114 0.5%
1997$4,105$12,499 0.3%
1996$4,093$11,792 -12.4%
1995$4,674$12,075 24.7%
1994$3,748$11,447 27.4%
1993$2,943$10,644 24%
1992$2,373$10,072 47%
1991$1,614$7,530 -2%
1990$1,647$7,446 9.4%
1989$1,506$6,012 5%
1988$1,434$5,632 9.4%

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 Riverside 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
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 572 82% costlier
Economics, Other Bachelor's Degree 106 21% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 88 56% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 73 35% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 69 56% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 68 48% costlier
Social Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 60 33% costlier
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 51 33% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 48 46% costlier
Political Science and Government, Other Bachelor's Degree 45 35% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 35 49% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 33 51% costlier
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 31 23% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 26 49% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 24 52% costlier
Psychology, Other Bachelor's Degree 22 35% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 20 40% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 18 45% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 18 37% costlier
History, Other Bachelor's Degree 17 41% costlier
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Bachelor's Degree 17 57% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 17 53% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 16 52% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 16 48% costlier
Public Policy Analysis, General Bachelor's Degree 15 13% costlier
Entomology Bachelor's Degree 12 39% costlier
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering Bachelor's Degree 12 32% costlier
International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree 12 43% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 11 42% costlier
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 11 23% costlier
Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree 10 60% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 10 51% costlier
Asian Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 8 20% costlier
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 32% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 7 55% costlier
American Indian/Native American Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 69% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 5 60% costlier
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 28% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 5 39% costlier
Botany/Plant Biology Bachelor's Degree 4 55% costlier
Neuroscience Bachelor's Degree 4 9% costlier
Creative Writing Bachelor's Degree 4 36% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 50% costlier
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 3 38% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 53% costlier
Anthropology, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 40% costlier
Music, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 43% costlier
Public Administration Bachelor's Degree 2 84% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 32% costlier
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 2 18% costlier
Latin American Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 18% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 2 56% costlier
German Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 13% costlier
Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 39% costlier
Comparative Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 13% costlier
Asian-American Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 14% costlier
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 38% costlier
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 33% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 2 55% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 48% costlier
Materials Engineering Bachelor's Degree 1 30% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 1 39% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 1 51% costlier
Philosophy, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 15% costlier
Russian Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 12% costlier
Geophysics and Seismology Bachelor's Degree 1 29% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 1 27% costlier
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 1 26% costlier
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 30% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 36% costlier


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About University of California Riverside

University of California Riverside is a four year public college located in Riverside, California.  Full time enrollment is 22,285 and part time is 430. Learn more about getting accepted at University of California Riverside at CollegeSimply.

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

University of California Riverside
900 University Ave
Riverside, California

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of California Riverside 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 Riverside cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110671 IPEDS survey data.