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Your Tuition, Fees and Other Costs — Explained

The cost of attendance is an estimated figure. It’s used to determine your financial aid eligibility. This figure may differ from costs later approved by the Regents of the University of California. The following chart gives you an overview of costs. It includes your tuition, fees and other student necessities.

2020-2021 Estimated Undergraduate Cost of Attendance

Student Expense Budgets Living On-Campus (residence hall) Living On-Campus (apartments) Living Off-Campus Living at Home
Tuition & Fees $14,597.27 $14,597.27 $14,597.27 $14,597.27
Books & Supplies $1,178 $1,178 $1,178 $1,178
Room & Board $17,238 $14,356 $11,050 $6,835
Personal Expenses $1,341 $1,341 $1,391 $1,763
Transportation/ Distance Learning $585 $585 $970 $1,954
Subtotal (without Health Insurance) $34,940 $32,058 $29,187 $26,328
Health Insurance $2,712 $2,712 $2,712 $2,712
Total Costs for California Residents (with Health Insurance) $37,652 $34,770 $31,899 $29,040
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition $29,754 $29,754 $29,754 $29,754
Total Costs for Nonresidents (with Health Insurance) $67,406 $64,524 $61,653 $58,794

The tuition, fees, and charges posted here are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final; actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California or, as authorized, by the President of the University of California. Accordingly, final approved levels and charges may differ from the amounts shown.

Some or all instruction for all or part of Academic Year 2020-21 may be delivered remotely. Tuition and mandatory 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.

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.

California resident tuition and fees: $14,598

University of California Tuition: $12,570

Nonresident tuition and fees: $44,351.27

Nonresident Supplemental Tuition: $29,754
University of California Tuition: $12,570


UC Davis Campus-based fees: $2,027.27

Campus Expansion Initiative: $595.04
Supports enhancements of student facilities and services:

Facilities and Campus Enhancements Fee: $450.21
Supports facilities and services including: 

Student Services Maintenance Fee/Student Activities and Services Initiative Fee: $380.90
Supports student facilities and services including: 

Student Health Services Fee: $163.29
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: $85.50
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: $82
Supports the service and improvements of buses. A portion of this fee supports need-based financial aid.

California Aggie Fee: $12.33
Supports the operation of The California Aggie Newspaper. A portion of this fee supports need-based financial aid.

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) Fee: $9
Supports student activities in sustainability. A portion of this fee supports need-based financial aid.



*Health Insurance: $2,712

Health insurance coverage for students who do not 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.

International Student Administrative Fee: $348

Entering international students with certain visas must also pay this fee ($116 paid per quarter) for administrative support.


*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.