Paying for UCSD

Undergraduate Tuition & Fees
$44,402 ($14,648)
Graduate Tuition & Fees
$28,631 ($13,529)
On-campus Living Costs
$18,306
Off-campus Living Costs
$18,441

2020 Cost of Attendance

The 2020 tuition & fees of University of California-San Diego are $14,648 for California residents and $44,402 for out-of-state students. For graduate programs, the tuition & fees are $13,529 for California residents and $28,631 for out-of-state students.
Compare to Public, 4-Years Colleges in California, the undergraduate tuition & fees are very expensive and the graduate tuition & fees are relatively expensive.
Compared to similar schools in rankings such as University of California-Irvine and University of Washington-Seattle Campus, tuition & fees of University of California-San Diego is average where the average tuition & fees of the schools are $39,266.
The average living cost of the school is $18,306 when a student lives in on-campus housing. When a student lives off-campus, the average living cost is $18,441.

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2020 Tuition & fees

The 2020 undergraduate tuition & fees at University of California-San Diego are $14,648 for California residents and $44,402 for out-of-state students. The undergraduate tuition & fees have increased by 2.34% from last year.
The 2020 graduate tuition & fees are $13,529 for California residents and $28,631 for out-of-state students. The graduate tuition & fees have increased by 0.20% from last year.
The following table and chart show the 2020 tuition & fees and the tuition trends over the last 5 years.

Tuition Trends Table

2020 Tuition & fees
YearUndergraduateGraduate
California ResidentsOut-of-StateCalifornia ResidentsOut-of-State
2016$13,530$38,238$13,021$28,123
2017$13,645$40,327$13,085$28,187
2018$14,018$42,032$13,446$28,548
2019$14,167$43,159$13,397$28,499
2020$14,415$44,169$13,455$28,557
2021$14,648$44,402$13,529$28,631

Tuition Trends Chart

2020 Living Costs

The 2020 average on-campus living costs is $18,306 including room & board and other living expenses (a student lives in on-campus housing such as dormitory and school-owned apartment). For students living in off-campus housing, the average living cost is $18,441.
The living cost at the school has increased by 4.19% from last year.
The following table and chart show the living costs changes over the last 5 years.

Living Costs Trends

2020 Living Costs
YearOn-CampusOff-Campus
Room & BoardOther ExpensesRoom & BoardOther Expenses
2016$12,071$4,349$9,746$5,445
2017$12,545$4,508$10,131$5,621
2018$13,115$3,832$12,652$4,521
2019$13,651$3,918$13,215$4,626
2020$14,271$4,035$13,681$4,760
2021$15,336$4,203$13,749$4,900

Living Costs Trends Chart

2020 Books & Supplies Costs

The 2020 average cost for purchasing books & supplies is $1,128 at University of California-San Diego. The books & supplies cost has increased by 2.36% from last year.
The following table and chart show the 2020 books & supplies costs and the trends over the last 5 years.

Books & Supplies Costs Trends

University of California-San Diego 2020 Books & Supplies Costs
YearBooks & Supplies Costs
2016$1,516
2017$1,541
2018$1,198
2019$1,102
2020$1,128
2021$1,124

Books & Supplies Costs Trends Chart

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