Information for Prospective Undergraduate Students

UC Davis Net Price Calculator

The Net Price Calculator provides a estimate of the net price for an academic year at UC Davis.

College is possible for everyone, and a variety of financial aid options are available to help with the costs. As you consider the value of a college education, the U.S. Department of Education has developed a very useful and informative website, studentaid.ed.gov, to help you plot your road to college.

Start looking into financial aid during your junior year of high school. Read the Fund Your Future guide published by the California Student Aid Commission, which is available in many languages.

At the UC Davis Financial Aid Office, our staff will do their very best to help you get the financial aid you need to meet your educational goals. Here's what you will need to know when applying for financial aid:

Timeline for High School Senior and Community College Transfer Students

  • November 1-30: Submit your admissions application to the University.
  • January-March 2: Complete your FAFSA online. If you are not eligible to apply for the FAFSA, complete a California Dream Act Application. Submit your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application as soon as possible after January 1 and before March 2 for priority consideration. Be sure to list UC Davis school code 001313.
  • If you filed a FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the federal processor. To check the status of your application, visit fafsa.gov. If you filed a Dream Act Application, you will need to log in to dream.csac.ca.gov to view your SAR or to check the status of your application. If you do not receive an email confirmation, you may not have successfully completed the application
  • All students should also apply for Cal Grant by submitting a GPA Verification form to the California Student Aid Commission before March 2. More information about GPA verification is available on our applying for aid page, or through your high school, community college, or financial aid office.
  • Mid-March to April: If admitted to UC Davis, you will be able to login to MyAwards to review your aid and requirements.

Scholarships

  • You simultaneously apply for scholarships offered through UC Davis when you complete the UC Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarships from November 1-30.
  • If you are transferring from a junior college, submit one letter of recommendation directly to UC Davis. Refer to the instruction section of the Undergraduate Application for Admission to the University of California for further guidance.
  • Throughout the year, a number of outside organizations contact the Undergraduate & Prestigious Scholarships Office to publicize their scholarship opportunities. To help our students access the many available scholarships, we maintain the Outside Scholarships webpage. The selection criteria, application process, and deadlines for these external scholarships vary, so please review the listings and associated websites for more detailed information.

UC Davis Affordability

UC Davis costs much less than comparable private universities for the same world-class education. UC Davis proudly enrolls students from all income levels, despite increases in fees and other costs. As published in the 2011-2012 IPEDS data collection, 43% of UC Davis undergraduates received a Pell Grant, as compared to 18% at the private Northern California University used in the comparison table below.

With the UC Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan, undergraduates with a family income of up to $80,000 who meet other eligibility requirements receive grants and/or scholarships to cover in-state systemwide tuition and fees. Numerous students receive grants to help cover costs in addition to the systemwide tuition and fees, and many students with family incomes above $80,000 also qualify for financial aid. Please visit our UC Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan webpage for more information.

UC Davis recently implemented the Aggie Grant Plan, a brand new financial aid program created specifically for students from middle-income families. Starting with 2013-2014, the Aggie Grant Plan ensures that qualifying UC Davis students will receive an appropriate amount of grant and/or scholarship funding. Similar to the UC Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan, eligible students with family incomes between $80,000 and $120,000 will have at least 25% of their systemwide tuition and fees covered by gift aid. Please visit our UC Davis Aggie Grant Plan webpage for more information.

2013-2014 Estimated Cost of Attendance at UC Davis Compared to a Major Private University in Northern California


Budget Item
UC Davis
California Resident
UC Davis
Out-of-State Student
Private Northern
California University
Tuition and Fees $13,902 $36,780 $44,184
Health Insurance 1,764 1,764 573
Books and Supplies 1,620 1,620 1,425
Room & Board 13,961 13,961 13,631
Personal Expenses 1,251 1,251 2,550
Transportation 575 575 * Varies
Total $33,073 $55,951 $62,801

UC Davis student budgets are determined using a combination of known institutional expenses. These figures are obtained using a systemwide Cost of Attendance Survey (COAS) conducted every three years, which provides the most comprehensive data available for non-fee expenses anticipated for UC undergraduates. The survey provides a standardized basis for calculating student budgets at each campus that reflect local economic conditions and student spending patterns.

* Transportation varies at the comparison campus, and therefore is not included in their published total expenses.

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