Paying for UC Santa Cruz

Undergraduate Tuition & Fees
$43,779 ($14,025)
Graduate Tuition & Fees
$28,952 ($13,850)
On-campus Living Costs
$22,221
Off-campus Living Costs
$18,658

2020 Cost of Attendance

The 2020 tuition & fees of University of California-Santa Cruz are $14,025 for California residents and $43,779 for out-of-state students. For graduate programs, the tuition & fees are $13,850 for California residents and $28,952 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 Purdue University-Main Campus and University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus, tuition & fees of University of California-Santa Cruz is relatively expensive where the average tuition & fees of the schools are $33,505.
The average living cost of the school is $22,221 when a student lives in on-campus housing. When a student lives off-campus, the average living cost is $18,658.

Comparison Chart

2020 Tuition & fees

The 2020 undergraduate tuition & fees at University of California-Santa Cruz are $14,025 for California residents and $43,779 for out-of-state students. The undergraduate tuition & fees have increased by 1.85% from last year.
The 2020 graduate tuition & fees are $13,850 for California residents and $28,952 for out-of-state students. The graduate tuition & fees have increased by 0.11% 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$13,461$38,169$13,308$28,410
2017$13,539$40,221$13,386$28,488
2018$14,020$42,034$13,837$28,939
2019$13,960$42,952$13,777$28,879
2020$13,991$43,745$13,808$28,910
2021$14,025$43,779$13,850$28,952

Tuition Trends Chart

2020 Living Costs

The 2020 average on-campus living costs is $22,221 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 $18,658.
The living cost at the school has increased by 4.97% 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$14,952$4,903$9,890$5,680
2017$15,217$5,182$10,296$5,972
2018$16,055$4,813$12,199$5,187
2019$16,448$4,720$12,757$5,102
2020$16,951$5,270$13,216$5,442
2021$18,866$5,084$14,453$5,602

Living Costs Trends Chart

2020 Books & Supplies Costs

The 2020 average cost for purchasing books & supplies is $1,085 at University of California-Santa Cruz. The books & supplies cost has decreased by 1.00% 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-Santa Cruz 2020 Books & Supplies Costs
YearBooks & Supplies Costs
2016$1,448
2017$1,470
2018$1,152
2019$1,089
2020$1,085
2021$1,162

Books & Supplies Costs Trends Chart

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