Cost of Attendance

The UC Davis Cost of Attendance is an estimated figure used to determine financial aid eligibility. It includes tuition and fees as well as average amounts for standard expenses such as books, supplies, room, board, and other living expenses for three quarters of study. Keep in mind that your actual costs may differ. Eligible expenses must occur between mid-September through mid-June. Our office reserves the right to exercise professional judgement to deny requests that are not considered direct educational expenses.

2016-2017 Undergraduate Cost of Attendance

Student Expense Budgets Living On-Campus Living Off-Campus Living at Home With Parents (Commuter) Nonresident Living On-Campus (2)
CA Resident Tuition and Fees (1) $14,046 $14,046 $14,046 $40,728
Books & Supplies 1,601 1,601 1,601 1,601
Room & Board (3) 14,838 8,598 4,855 14,838
Personal Expenses 1,561 1,979 2,067 1,561
Transportation 629 1,394 1,686 629
Subtotal (without Health Insurance) $32,675 $27,618 $24,255 $59,357
Health Insurance (4) 2,328 2,328 2,328 2,328
Total Costs (with Health Insurance) $35,003 $29,946 $26,583 $61,685

(1) Financial Aid Cost of Attendance includes estimated tuition and fees. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by State funding reductions. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus a student’s final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown. For the most recent tuition and fee amounts, please visit the Budget & Institutional Analysis website. Figures exclude the one-time $150 entering undergraduate document fee. If applicable, this budget component will be included on MyAwards under Other Costs.

(2) Undergraduate nonresident tuition and fees of $40,728 (not including health insurance) includes nonresident supplemental tuition of $26,682 in addition to systemwide tuition and fees plus campus-based fees totaling $14,046. Example nonresident budget is based on the On-Campus figures. Actual budget may vary.

(3) Students residing in campus apartments or other housing not designated as a Residence Hall or who transfer to single student apartments do not have a recognized Housing Contract, they have a 12-month lease; therefore, those students are not eligible for an "On-Campus" budget. Residing in housing located on campus or opting to purchase a meal plan (which is available to all students) does not meet the criteria for an "On-Campus" budget.

(4) The Health Insurance budget component is based on an estimated figure. Accordingly, the final approved rate may differ from the amount shown. For the most recent Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) fee, please visit the Budget & Institutional Analysis website. This mandatory fee can be waived, as long as the student can show proof that he or she has adequate private health insurance. For more information on the SHIP waiver, please visit the Student Health and Counseling Services website. It is important to note that financial aid will not cover the health insurance budget component for dependent students who elect to waive out.


Students who wish to declare additional expenses related to rent may contact the Financial Aid Office to ask about Documenting Additional Expenses.

2015-2016 Undergraduate Cost of Attendance

Student Expense Budgets Living On-Campus Living Off-Campus Living at Home With Parents (Commuter) Nonresident Living On-Campus (2)
CA Resident Tuition and Fees (1) $13,951 $13,951 $13,951 $38,659
Books & Supplies 1,576 1,576 1,576 1,576
Room & Board (3) 14,517 8,283 4,700 14,517
Personal Expenses 1,538 1,947 2,032 1,538
Transportation 626 1,371 1,659 626
Subtotal (without Health Insurance) $32,208 $27,128 $23,918 $56,916
Health Insurance (4) 2,115 2,115 2,115 2,115
Total Costs (with Health Insurance) $34,323 $29,243 $26,033 $59,031

(1) Financial Aid Cost of Attendance includes estimated tuition and fees. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus a student’s final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown. For the most recent tuition and fee amounts, please visit the Budget & Institutional Analysis website. Figures exclude the one-time $150 entering undergraduate document fee. If applicable, this budget component will be included under Other Costs in MyAwards.

(2) Undergraduate nonresident tuition and fees of $38,659 includes nonresident supplemental tuition of $24,708 in addition to systemwide tuition and fees plus campus-based fees totaling $13,951 (not including health insurance). Example nonresident budget is based on the On-Campus figures. Actual budget may vary.

(3) To be considered for an "On-Campus" budget, students must be in a Residence Hall or an apartment managed by UC Davis Student Housing. Students are not eligible for an "On-Campus" budget if they do not have an official UC Davis Student Housing Contract. Residing in housing located on campus and/or opting to purchase a meal plan (which is available to all students) does not meet the criteria for an "On-Campus" budget. Students living in the Solano Park Apartments with a lease agreement also do not qualify for an “On-Campus” budget.

(4) This mandatory fee can be waived, as long as the student can show proof that he or she has adequate private health insurance. For more information on the SHIP waiver, please visit the Student Health and Counseling Services website. It is important to note that financial aid will not cover the health insurance budget component for dependent students who elect to waive out.

Students who wish to declare additional expenses related to rent may contact the Financial Aid Office to ask about Documenting Additional Expenses.