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Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate and includes all expenses to attend the university for one year, not only expenses paid directly to UC Merced (also referred to as direct costs). The COA includes tuition/fees, books and supplies, room and board, personal expenses, transportation expenses, and a health insurance allowance and varies depending on whether you live on-campus, off-campus or at-home with relatives. The amounts reflected in the COA are averages determined annually based on statistical data from a variety of sources including periodic surveys of UC Merced students. These amounts are intended to provide sufficient funds to pay for educational expenses for most students in most circumstances. Your actual expenses may be different and most items are not paid directly to the university.
 

Listed below are the standard 2022-23 costs of attendance for undergraduate students:

Undergraduates who first enrolled in Fall 2021 or earlier

 

On-Campus

Off-Campus

At-Home

Fees

$13,738

$13,738

$13,738

Room & Board

$19,340

$9,746

$7,102

Books & Supplies

$1,094

$1,094

$1,094

Transportation

$796

$1,406

$2,056

Personal Expenses

$1,740

$1,656

$1,904

Health Insurance

$2,210

$2,210

$2,210

Totals

$38,918

$29,850

$28,104

Additional Non-Res Tuition

$29,754

$29,754

$29,754

Non-Residential Total

$68,672

$59,604

$57,858

 

Undergraduates who first enroll in Fall 2022

 

On-Campus

Off-Campus

At Home

Fees

$14,272

$14,272

$14,272

Room & Board

$19,340

$9,746

$7,102

Books & Supplies

$1,094

$1,094

$1,094

Transportation

$796

$1,406

$2,056

Personal Expenses

$1,740

$1,656

$1,904

Health Insurance

$2,210

$2,210

$2,210

Totals

$39,452

$30,384

$28,638

Additional Non-Resident Tuition

$31,026

$31,026

$31,026

Non-Residential Total

$70,478

$61,410

$59,664

 

Teacher Preparation Program

Fees

$10,800

Room & Board

$9,745

Books & Supplies

$1000

Transportation

$1,405

Personal Expenses

$1,656

Health Insurance

N/A

Totals

$24,606

 

  • We reserve the right to modify financial aid awards at any time due to changes in your financial aid eligibility, in program terms, in the amount of available funding, and/or due to coordination with other resources you receive.
  • UC Tuition remains flat for up to six years under the Tuition Stability Plan. It includes systemwide tuition (the cost of classes for California resident students), and student services fees for areas such as student government, student public transportation, and building improvements. These fees are 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.
  • The University of California Regents mandate that all students be covered by a health insurance plan. All full and part-time undergraduate students are automatically enrolled in and charged for the University of California Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) unless they choose to submit on-line insurance waiver confirming they have comparable health coverage to the Health Center.
  • Click here for typical housing costs near UC Merced. For more information on actual off campus rental costs please visit the Off-Campus Housing website.

Cost of Attendance Adjustment

It is impossible to take into account all the situations in which people find themselves or all the consumer choices they make. Students with unusual documented expenses who feel that their "allowed" budget does not reflect their actual expenses can learn more about a Cost of Attendance Adjustment. 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).