Cost of Attendance

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Undergraduate 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 judgment to deny requests that are not considered direct educational expenses.

Cost of Attendance Definitions

2021-22 Undergraduate Cost of Attendance

*Housing Definitions 

Student Expense Budgets

On-Campus
(Residence Hall)*

On-Campus
(Apartments)*

Living
Off-Campus*

Living at Home
With Parents (Commuter/Remote)*

Tuition & Fees (1)

$14,658

$14,658

$14,658

$14,658

Books & Supplies

$1,197

$1,197

$1,197

$1,197

Room & Board (3)

$16,480

$15,335

$11,551

$7,116

Personal Expenses

$1,383

$1,383

$1,434

$1,814

Transportation/Distance Learning

$603

$603

$1,000

$2,015

Health Insurance (4)

$2,805

$2,805

$2,805

$2,805

Total Costs for California Residents 

$37,126

$35,981

$32,645

$29,605

Nonresident Supplemental Tuition (2)

$29,754

$29,754

$29,754

$29,754

Total Costs for Nonresidents 

$66,880

$65,735

$62,399

$59,359

(1) The current 2021-22 system-wide tuition and fees are $12,570. Systemwide tuition and fee levels are based on currently approved amounts and may not be final. Actual systemwide tuition and fees are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California. If different tuition and fee levels are approved for 2021-22, your costs and your financial aid award may be adjusted. For a full breakdown of tuition and fee amounts, please visit the UC Davis Tuition and Fees 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. 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.

(2) Undergraduate nonresident tuition and fees of $44,412 (not including health insurance) include nonresident supplemental tuition of $29,754 in addition to systemwide tuition and fees plus campus-based fees totaling $14,658. 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. For estimates of off-campus housing costs near the UC Davis campus please review: Housing Costs Near UC Campuses. For details, visit the Room & Board section of the Cost of Attendance Definitions.

(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. 

2020-21 Undergraduate Cost of Attendance

 

Student Expense Budgets

On-Campus
(Residence Hall)

On-Campus
(Apartments)

Living
Off-Campus

Living at Home
With Parents (Commuter/Remote)

Tuition & Fees (1)

$14,598

$14,598

$14,598

$14,598

Books & Supplies

$1,178

$1,178

$1,178

$1,178

Room & Board (3)

$17,238

$14,356

$11,050

$6,835

Personal Expenses

$1,341

$1,341

$1,391

$1,763

Transportation/Distance Learning

$585

$585

$970

$1,954

Health Insurance (4)

$2,712

$2,712

$2,712

$2,712

Total Costs for California Residents 

$37,652

$34,770

$31,899

$29,040

Nonresident Supplemental Tuition (2)

$29,754

$29,754

$29,754

$29,754

Total Costs for Nonresidents 

$67,406

$64,524

$61,653

$58,794

(1) The current 2020-21 system-wide tuition and fees are $12,570. Systemwide tuition and fee levels are based on currently approved amounts and may not be final. Actual systemwide tuition and fees are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California. If different tuition and fee levels are approved for 2020-21, your costs and your financial aid award may be adjusted. For a full breakdown of tuition and fee amounts, please visit the UC Davis Tuition and Fees 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. Some or all instruction for all or part of Academic Year 2020-21 may be delivered remotely. Tuition and mandatory fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occur remotely for any part of the Academic Year.

(2) Undergraduate nonresident tuition and fees of $44,352 (not including health insurance) include nonresident supplemental tuition of $29,754 in addition to systemwide tuition and fees plus campus-based fees totaling $14,598. 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. For estimates of off-campus housing costs near the UC Davis campus please review: Housing Costs Near UC Campuses.

(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.