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Your Tuition, Fees and Other Costs Explained

The cost of attendance is an estimated figure used to determine financial aid eligibility and may differ from costs later approved by the Regents of the University of California. The chart provides you with an 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.

Estimated 2018-19 Undergraduate Cost of Attendance

Resident Living On-CampusResident Living Off-CampusResident CommuterNonresident Living On-Campus
Tuition & Fees$14,463$14,463$14,463$43,458
Books & Supplies$1,136$1,136$1,136$1,136
Room & Board$15,756$10,228$6,369$15,765
Personal Expenses$1,316$1,369$1,606$1,136
Health Insurance*$2,289$2,289$2,289$2,289
Total Costs$35,361$30,297$27,335$64,356

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 tuition and fees for undergraduate California residents studying full time.  The figures below are estimates based on currently approved amounts, and may differ from figures used by Financial Aid and Scholarships to estimate cost of attendance, as shown above.

Tuition and fees for nonresidents

California Resident tuition and fees: $14,463


University of California Tuition: $11,502
Student Services Fee: $1,128

Funds non-academic services and activities in support of students including counseling, advising, tutoring and student information systems.

UC Davis Campus-based Fees: $1,756.52
Campus Expansion Initiative: $576.38

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

Facilities and Campus Enhancements Fee: $438.48

This fee supports:

Student Services Maintenance Fee/Student Activities and Services Initiative Fee: $366.60

This fee supports the following student services:

Student Services Health Fee: $155.49

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: $85.50

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).

California Aggie Fee: $11.86

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) Fee: $9


*Health Insurance: $2,289

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.


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