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At UC San Diego we believe every talented, intelligent and hard-working student admitted to our school should be able to attend, regardless of income. There is money available and there are experts on our campus to help you take advantage of it.

Non-California residents add $28,014 tuition to total above. All fees and estimated expenses are subject to change. Does not include health insurance, orientation and one-time documentation fees. For full details, visit

COST OF ATTENDANCE - GIFT AID (grants + uc scholarships) = NET COST (students and parents)



Free money you don’t have to repay, like grants and scholarships, which come in mainly three forms:

The Net Cost is the amount you and/or your parents are expected to pay. This is often paid for through savings, employment or borrowed money you must repay, like loans.

• Need = based on your financial circumstances • Merit = based on your academic, athletic, artistic or other special achievement • Restricted = a combination of need and merit GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS • California students applying to the University of California may be eligible for a Cal Grant, the Blue & Gold Opportunity Plan and/or the Middle Class Scholarship. You don’t need to apply for these separately. You will be considered for all UC, state and federal grants (including the Federal Pell Grant) and scholarships when you apply for financial aid. • Explore UC San Diego’s merit and restricted scholarships. • Search and apply for private scholarships via Fastweb, College Board and Sallie Mae. • Undocumented students, find scholarships via Educators for Fair Consideration. • Consult your high school counselor for additional scholarship opportunities.

• Open a 529 Plan for college savings. • Work-study is part-time student employment during the school year. Your financial aid package may include work-study funds. • Part-time employment is one way to reduce the amount you’ll have to borrow. There are myriad part-time jobs on campus typically earning between $10 and $12 per hour. The typical UC student works 10-20 hours per week during the school year and full time during the summer. • Loans may help you work less and graduate sooner. Make sure you and your family research your options carefully to ensure you select the right loan for you. There are a variety of federal loans that are required by law to provide a range of flexible repayment options and loan forgiveness, as well as university loans and private loans administered by lenders who set the terms of the loans. Explore the Federal Student Aid site for more information.

Approximately 70% of UC San Diego undergraduates from California receive some form of financial support and approximately 60% receive need-based support. ESTIMATE YOUR FINANCIAL AID

UC’S BLUE & GOLD OPPORTUNITY PLAN If you are Blue & Gold eligible, you will not have to pay UC’s systemwide tuition and fees out of your own pocket. Eligibility requirements: • Demonstrate total family income below $80,000 and financial need, as determined for federal need-based aid programs • Submit a FAFSA or California Dream Act Application and Cal Grant GPA Verification Form by March 2

• Use FAFSA4caster the Federal Student Aid’s early eligibility estimator to help you plan ahead. • Use UC San Diego’s Net Price Calculator to find an early estimate of your full-time cost of attendance and financial aid at UC San Diego. Visit for more information on financial planning.

• California resident or have AB 540 status • Be in your first four years as a UC undergraduate (first two for transfer students)


• Meet other campus basic requirements for UC grant aid (for example, be enrolled at least half-time during the academic year, meet campus academic progress standards, not be in default on student loans)

OCTOBER 1 Submit your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application.

When you submit your UC Application, you will receive the benefits of the Blue and Gold plan automatically if you qualify.

NOVEMBER 1-30 Submit your University of California Application. You will automatically be considered for all UC San Diego freshman or transfer scholarships when you apply.

APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID You do this by submitting your college applications and a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) OR California Dream Act Application. Students may begin applying October 1.

DECEMBER • Ensure you have received your Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Department of Education. • Review the SAR for accuracy and make sure UC San Diego school code 001317 is listed. • If necessary, correct FAFSA online.

• Undocumented students should submit the California Dream Act Application.

MARCH 2 FAFSA and California Dream Act Application deadline. To secure the best possible funding, we strongly encourage you to submit these applications as soon as the applications open in October, well before this deadline.

• Students from other U.S. states are not eligible for California financial aid, however UC will help you receive federal financial aid for which you are eligible.

MAY 1 Freshmen submit your Statement of Intent to Register and deposit to UC San Diego.

• Most students should submit a FAFSA, even if you think you won’t qualify for need-based aid.

• International students are not eligible to receive federal or state financial aid. To be granted a visa, international students must prove sufficient funds to meet all expenses for studying in the U.S. All of the information submitted through these applications helps the universities you apply to determine the amounts and types of financial aid you receive. Every campus will send you a Financial Aid Package, typically at the same time you are admitted to the school.

JUNE 1 Transfers submit your Statement of Intent to Register and deposit to UC San Diego.

Financing your Education  

Everything you need to know about tuition, budgeting and overall costs to attend UC San Diego as a California resident or out-of-state stude...

Financing your Education  

Everything you need to know about tuition, budgeting and overall costs to attend UC San Diego as a California resident or out-of-state stude...