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Your Tuition, Fees and Other Costs Explained

This chart shows the overview of costs, including tuition, fees, and other student necessities like books and supplies, room and board, personal expenses, and transportation. These expenses can vary. Here are official estimates based on student surveys and the cost of living.

2015–2016 Undergraduate Cost of Attendance

Student Expense Budgets Living On-Campus Living Off-Campus Living at Home with Family (Commuter) Nonresident Living On-Campus
Total Costs $34,323 $29,243 $26,033 $59,031
CA Resident tuition/Fees $13,951 $13,951 $13,951 $38,659
Books & Supplies $1,576 $1,576 $1,576 $1,576
Room & Board $14,517 $8,283 $4,700 $14,517
Personal Expenses $1,538 $1,947 $2,032 $1,538
Transportation $626 $1,371 $1,659 $626
Subtotal $32,208 $27,128 $23,918 $56,916
Health Insurance $2,115 $2,115 $2,115 $2,115


Tuition and fees explained

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 annual fees of $13,951 for undergraduate California residents studying full time.

Tuition and fees for nonresidents

Tuition: $11,220

Two-thirds, or $7,480, provide funding for instruction and operating costs such as supplies and utilities; $3,740 goes to financial aid.

Student Services Fee: $1,020

Funds non-academic services and activities in support of students including counseling, advising, tutoring and student information systems; helps pay down debt on Dutton Hall and the Memorial Union; about $61 helps fund mental health programs and services.

UC Davis campus-based fees: $1,712

Campus Expansion Initiative: $549

UC Davis students voted in a 2003 referendum to pass this fee for:

Facilities and Campus Enhancements Fee: $412

This fee supports:

Student Services Maintenance Fee / Student Activities and Services Initiative Fee: $344

This fee supports the following student services:

Student Services Health Fee: $132

Provides operating budget support for student health and counseling services (1997 referendum).

ASUCD: $105

Provides support for the Unitrans bus service and the Associated Students of UC Davis (ASUCD), the student government for undergraduates (1934 referendum).

Memorial Union Fee: $86

Pays for the Memorial Union and Silo construction and renovation projects (1957 referendum and UC regents 1984).

Student Facilities Safety Fee: $66

Funds seismic and life-safety projects in student facilities (UC regents, 1997 and 2007).

Unitrans: $18

Supports the Unitrans operating budget and financial aid (2007 referendum).

Health insurance: $2,115

For health insurance unless you have comparable coverage under another plan.

One-time Document Fee: $150

New students pay this one-time fee to cover the cost of university documents such as official transcripts.


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