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Calculating Your Costs

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2020-21 Cost of Attendance *

California resident tuition and fees $13,538
Room and board (on campus, average) $18,756
Books and supplies (estimate) $1,047
Transportation (estimate) $756
Personal expenses (estimate) $1,656
Health insurance** $2,402

Updated 8/01/2020

* Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in state funding or other developments.
** The campus medical health insurance charge will be waived for students who provide proof of insurance.

Direct Costs

Direct costs are those costs paid directly to the university. Direct costs typically only include tuition/fees and on-campus room and board, items that you will receive a bill for. Your actual direct costs will vary depending on things such as whether you attend full- or part-time, live on or off campus, etc.

Direct costs are different from the estimated Cost of Attendance (COA). The COA is an estimate of ALL of your expenses and includes items not paid directly to the university. These other indirect costs include basic living expenses such as transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses.

On Campus

2020-21 Standard Budgets Undergraduate California Resident On Campus
Direct UC Merced Costs
Tuition and Fees $13,538
Campus Health Insurance $2,402
Average Room & Board $18,756
Subtotal Direct Costs $34,696
 
Other Costs:
Books and Supplies $1,047
Transportation $756
Personal Expenses $1,656
Subtotal Other Costs $3,459
Total Costs $38,155

Updated 8/01/2020

Off Campus

2020-21 Standard Budgets Undergraduate California Resident Off Campus
Direct UC Merced Costs
Tuition and Fees $13,538
Campus Health Insurance $2,402
Average Room & Board $8,650
Subtotal Direct Costs $24,590
 
Other Costs:
Books and Supplies $1,047
Transportation $1,336
Personal Expenses $1,577
Subtotal Other Costs $3,960
Total Costs $28,550

Updated 8/01/2020

*Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding or other developments.

For more information on estimated cost of attendance, visit financialaid.ucmerced.edu/cost-attendance.

Sample Financial Aid Packages

To estimate the amount of aid you might receive at UC Merced, use the Financial Aid Net Price Calculator Calculator.