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 2020-2021 standard costs of attendance for undergraduate students:
*IMPORTANT: 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.
- The tuition, fees, and charges posted here are estimates based on currently approved amounts. Actual system-wide tuition and fees are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California. If different tuition and fee levels are approved, your costs and your financial aid award may be adjusted. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.
- Financial aid may change for future academic years; this award is not a guarantee of future awards.
- It is also important that you satisfy any outstanding requirements by the appropriate deadline. You can find and/or satisfy your requirements by visiting the Student Requirements section of this website. Your financial aid will not be disbursed until all outstanding requirements have been satisfied.
** The listed Room/Board, Books/Supplies, Transportation, and Personal Expense amounts represent an average cost for students. Average amounts are determined annually based on statistical data from a variety of sources including periodic surveys of UC Merced students. Your individual cost may vary. 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.
*** 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.
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 here, 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).
Adjustments for all students are made automatically beginning in early summer and continue 2-3 times per week through the 15th day of instruction of the fall or spring term. If your housing status changes after the 15th day of instruction please complete and submit an “Adjustment to Housing Status” form, adjustments are made only if you submit an “Adjustment to Housing Status” form and will be made within 7-10 business days of the form being received. You will receive an email notifying you to log into the portal to review the changes to your financial aid package. Your housing status will be updated to On Campus if you are confirmed to have a campus housing assignment, Off Campus if you do not have a campus housing assignment and do not have an address within a 45-mile radius of campus. If you have an address within a 45-mile radius of campus you will be placed in At Home/ With Relatives budget.
Financial aid awards will be updated as appropriate based on changes to the Cost of Attendance due to housing adjustments. For updates to your housing status that occur after the 15th day of instruction, additional grant aid is awarded only if grant aid is available at the time the form is submitted. If grant aid is not available, students will only be considered for additional loan/work eligibility.