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, 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.

2018-2019 Undergraduate Cost of Attendance

Student Expense Budgets Living On-Campus Living Off-Campus Living at Home With Parents (Commuter) Nonresident Living On-Campus (2)
Tuition & Fees (1) $14,463 $14,463 $14,463 $43,458
Books & Supplies 1,136 1,136 1,136 1,136
Room & Board (3) 15,765 10,228 6,369 15,765
Personal Expenses 1,316 1,369 1,606 1,316
Transportation 392 812 1,472 392
Subtotal (without Health Insurance) $33,072 $28,008 $25,046 $62,067
Health Insurance (4) 2,289 2,289 2,289 2,289
Total Costs (with Health Insurance) $35,361 $30,297 $27,335 $64,356

(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. For more information on actual off campus rental costs please visit the Student Housing website.

(2) Undergraduate nonresident tuition and fees of $43,458 (not including health insurance) includes nonresident supplemental tuition of $28,995 in addition to systemwide tuition and fees plus campus-based fees totaling $14,463. 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. 

(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 Student Health and Counseling Services website. This mandatory fee can be waived, as long as the student can show proof of adequate private health insurance. For more information on the SHIP waiver, please visit the Student Health and Counseling Services website. Please note, 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.

2017-2018 Undergraduate Cost of Attendance

Student Expense Budgets Living On-Campus Living Off-Campus Living at Home With Parents (Commuter) Nonresident Living On-Campus (2)
Tuition & Fees (1) $14,382 $14,382 $14,382 $42,396
Books & Supplies 1,253 1,253 1,253 1,253
Room & Board (3) 16,136 9,792 6,132 16,136
Personal Expenses 1,281 1,333 1,563 1,281
Transportation 381 791 1,432 381
Subtotal (without Health Insurance) $33,433 $27,551 $24,762 $61,447
Health Insurance (4) 2,298 2,298 2,298 2,298
Total Costs (with Health Insurance) $35,731 $29,849 $27,060 $63,745

(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 $42,396 (not including health insurance) includes nonresident supplemental tuition of $28,014 in addition to systemwide tuition and fees plus campus-based fees totaling $14,382. 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. 

(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 Student Health and Counseling Services website. This mandatory fee can be waived, as long as the student can show proof of adequate private health insurance. For more information on the SHIP waiver, please visit the Student Health and Counseling Services website. Please note, 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.