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Cost and Aid

Top academics
at an affordable cost

We consistently rank near the top for affordable elite colleges. UC Davis offers prestigious academics in a supportive environment with as low of a tuition cost as we can manage.

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Most students get aid Based on 2019-20 data

56% of califrornia students have system-wide tuition and fees covered by gift aid
55% of undergraduates graduate debt-free
78% of student's aid comes in the form of grants and scholarships

Undergraduate 2021-22 tuition, fees and other costs

Student Expense
Living on-campus
(residence hall)
Living on-campus
at home
Tuition & fees $14,646 $14,646 $14,646 $14,646
Books & supplies $1,197 $1,197 $1,197 $1,197
Room & board $17,018 $15,335 $11,551 $7,116
Personal expenses $1,383 $1,383 $1,434 $1,813
Transportation $603 $603 $1,000 $2,015
Health Insurance $2,757 $2,757 $2,757 $2,757
Total Costs for
California Residents
$37,604 $35,921 $32,585 $29,547
Nonresident Suppl-
emental tuition
$29,754 $29,754 $29,754 $29,754
Total Costs for
$67,358 $65,675 $62,339 $59,301

The 2021-22 UC Davis Cost of Attendance is an estimated figure used to determine financial aid eligibility. It includes tuition and fees as well as average cost of supplies and living expenses for three quarters of study between mid-September through mid-June. Keep in mind, your actual costs may differ.

Some or all instruction for all or part of the Academic Year may be delivered remotely. Tuition and fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the Academic Year. Figures for tuition and fees represent currently approved or proposed amounts and may not be final. Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California as determined to be necessary or appropriate. Final approved tuition and fee levels may differ from the amounts presented.

How your 2021-22 tuition and fees break down

You know your tuition and fees go toward a great education. But just how is the money used? We pick up a calculator and break down the most recent estimated tuition and fees for undergraduate California residents and nonresidents studying full time. (For the most up-to-date information on tuition and fees, visit the Finance and Business website).

California resident tuition and fees: $14,645.24

University of California Tuition: $11,442.00

Nonresident tuition and fees: $44,399.24

Nonresident Supplemental Tuition: $29,754.00
University of California Tuition: $11,442.00

UC Davis Campus-based fees: $2,075.24

Campus Expansion Initiative: $603.66
Supports enhancements of student facilities and services:

Facilities and Campus Enhancements Fee: $456.41
Supports facilities and services including:

Student Services Maintenance Fee/Student Activities and Services Initiative Fee: $387.38
Supports student facilities and services including:

Student Health Services Fee: $163.29
Supports student health and counseling services. A portion of this fee supports need-based financial aid.

ASUCD FEE: $207.00
Supports the Associated Students of UC Davis

Memorial Union Fee: $85.50
Supports the Memorial Union and Silo construction and renovation projects.

Student Facilities Safety Fee: $66
Supports life-safety projects in student facilities. A portion of this fee supports need-based financial aid.

Unitrans: $106
Supports the service and improvements of buses. A portion of this fee supports need-based financial aid.

Health Insurance*: $2,757.00

Health insurance coverage for students who do not have comparable coverage under another plan.

New Student Orientation Fee: $582

All new undergraduate students admitted for Academic Year 2021-22 will be charged the New Student Orientation Fee of $582 for the 2021 Fall Quarter program (2022 Winter and Spring Quarter program excludes meal cost. Students who are admitted or defer their admission to Winter or Spring quarter of the 2021-22 academic year will be charged $433). More information about the Orientation fee is available on the UC Davis Orientation page.

One-time Document Fee: $150

New undergraduate, graduate academic, and graduate professional students pay this one-time fee to cover the cost of university documents such as official transcripts.

International Student Administrative Fee: $354

Entering international students with certain visas must also pay this fee ($118.00 paid per quarter) for administrative support.

*The University of California Regents mandates that all students have health insurance. UC Davis automatically enrolls all registered students in the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP). If students have comparable insurance and do not want to be enrolled in UC SHIP, they must apply for a UC SHIP waiver by the date specified for their school.

Our housing

The City of Davis offers housing that is affordable compared to many other California cities. On top of that, many of the local businesses offer significant student discounts.

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Cost and aid resources

Although our tuition is affordable compared to other universities, we understand that paying for college can still be a challenge. That’s why we offer most of our students some form of aid. We want to help you afford college.

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