Cost of Attendance
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Direct costs are those costs paid directly to the university and billed through your UC Merced student account. Direct costs are different from the estimated Cost of Attendance. The Cost of Attendance is an estimate of expenses and includes items not 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.
Net Cost is the amount of direct costs (items you are billed for) you must pay out-of-pocket that are not covered by your financial aid after financial aid is applied. Your net cost is always lower than the Cost of Attendance and in many cases, lower or nothing.
Listed below are the 2013-2014 standard costs of attendance for undergraduate California residents:
*Tuition/Fees are subject to legislative and gubernatorial action and therefore, may change without notice. Non-California residents pay additional $22,878.00 in non-resident Tuition/Fees.
It is impossible to take into account all the situations in which people find themselves or all the consumer choices they make. Students who feel that their "allowed" budget does not reflect their actual expenses should submit an Additional Expense Appeal.
If there are unusual documented expenses, the OFAS can sometimes allow a higher individualized budget. Whether additional financial aid can be made available to the student based on the revised budget depends on the availability of funds. Since scholarship and grant assistance is limited, an increase in the budget will usually be reflected in an adjustment to self-help financial aid (loans and/or work).
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