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Top academics
at an affordable cost

We consistently rank near the top for affordable elite colleges. UC Davis offers prestigious academics in a supportive environment and your tuition will not increase for six years after you enroll.

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Undergraduate estimated cost of attendance for incoming 2024-2025 students

The Department of Education has announced they will send information from the 2024-25 FAFSA to schools in mid-March. This may result in a delay in financial aid packaging and offers for the 2024-25 academic year.

Student Expense
Living on-campus
(residence hall)
Living on-campus
at home
Systemwide tuition & fees $14,436 $14,436 $14,436 $14,436
Campus-based fees $2,321 $2,321 $2,321 $2,321
Books & supplies $1,386 $1,386 $1,386 $1,386
Room & board $19,785 $21,861 $14,745 $8,020
Personal expenses $2,053 $2,053 $2,174 $2,535
Transportation $924 $924 $1,441 $2,450
Health Insurance $3,741 $3,741 $3,741 $3,741
Document Fee $150 $150 $150 $150
Total Costs (Before Aid) for
California Residents
$44,796 $46,872 $40,394 $35,039

Estimated nonresident cost of attendance for incoming 2024-2025 students

Living on-campus
(residence hall)
Living on-campus
at home
Systemwide nonresident
supplemental tuition
$34,200 $34,200 $34,200 $34,200
Total Costs (Before Aid) for
$78,996 $81,072 $74,594 $69,239

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 cost of supplies and living expenses for three quarters of study between mid-September through mid-June. Keep in mind, your actual costs may differ.

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. 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.

Beginning in fall 2022, the University of California will keep systemwide student tuition and fees at a flat rate for up to six years beyond their first enrolled term. This plan will provide cost predictability for students, as systemwide tuition and fees represent a considerable percentage of the total cost of attendance. Campus-based fees and other costs, such as housing and health insurance, are not included in this plan and are subject to change each year. Learn more about UC’s Tuition Stability Plan.

How your tuition and fees break down

You know your tuition and fees go toward a great education. But just how is the money used? We pick up a calculator and break down the most recent estimated tuition and fees for undergraduate California residents and nonresidents studying full time. (For the most up-to-date information on tuition and fees, visit the Finance and Business website).

California resident tuition and fees: $13,104

Tuition: $11,928

Student services fee: $1,176

Nonresident tuition and fees: $44,130

Tuition: $11,928

Nonresident Supplemental Tuition: $31,026

Student services fee: $1,176

UC Davis Campus-based fees: $2,247.37

Campus Expansion Initiative: $619
Supports enhancements of student facilities and services:

Facilities and Campus Enhancements Fee: $468
Supports facilities and services including:

Student Services Maintenance Fee/Student Activities and Services Initiative Fee: $400
Supports student facilities and services including:

Student Health Services Fee: $170
Supports student health and counseling services. A portion of this fee supports need-based financial aid.

Supports the Associated Students of UC Davis

Memorial Union Fee: $86
Supports the Memorial Union and Silo construction and renovation projects.

Student Facilities Safety Fee: $66
Supports life-safety projects in student facilities. A portion of this fee supports need-based financial aid.

Unitrans: $130
Supports the service and improvements of buses. A portion of this fee supports need-based financial aid.

Health Insurance*: $2,841.00

UC Davis automatically enrolls all registered students in the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) by UC mandate. Students with comparable insurance who do not want to be enrolled in UC SHIP must apply for a UC SHIP waiver by published deadlines prior to the start of each academic year.

New Student Orientation Fee: $430

All new undergraduate students admitted for Academic Year 2022-23 will be charged the New Student Orientation Fee of $430 for the 2022 Fall Quarter program (2023 Winter and Spring Quarter program excludes meal cost. Students who are admitted or defer their admission to Winter or Spring quarter of the 2022-23 academic year will be charged $145). More information about the Orientation fee is available on the UC Davis Orientation page.

One-time Document Fee: $150

New undergraduate, graduate academic, and graduate professional students pay this one-time fee to cover the cost of university documents such as official transcripts.

International Student Administrative Fee: $363

International undergraduates sponsored by UC Davis and requiring an F-1 or J-1 visa to be in the U.S. must pay this additional quarterly fee for administrative support ($121.00 per quarter).


*The University of California Regents mandates that all students have health insurance. UC Davis automatically enrolls all registered students in the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP). If students have comparable insurance and do not want to be enrolled in UC SHIP, they must apply for a UC SHIP waiver by the date specified for their school.

Our housing

The City of Davis offers housing that is affordable compared to many other California cities. On top of that, many of the local businesses offer significant student discounts.

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Cost and aid resources

Although our tuition is affordable compared to other universities, we understand that paying for college can still be a challenge. That’s why we offer most of our students some form of aid. We want to help you afford college.

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