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UCSD Tuition & Fees Report

Inexpensive In-State Tuition & Fees
Expensive Out-of-State Tuition & Fees

How Much Does University of California - San Diego Cost?

Is what University of California - San Diego charges for in-state and out-of-state tuition and fee reasonable when compared to nation, state and regional averages? Find out here. You can jump to any of the following sections in our UCSD cost report:

How Much Does UCSD Charge for Tuition?

$14,700 In-State Tuition & Fees
$44,454 Out-of-State Tuition & Fees

At University of California - San Diego the average out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates was $44,454 in 2020-2021. Those who hail from the state of California get a discount and only needed to pay $14,700 per year.


UCSD tuition and fees is for one year of attendance, not including room and board.

Keep in mind a lot of students have financial aid and scholarships that decrease the cost of college.

How much does University of California - San Diego cost for part-time students?

Go to the Cost Per Credit Hour page for details.

How Do UCSD Tuition & Fees Compare to Other Schools?

The national out-of-state average for tuition and fees is $19,933 a year. University of California - San Diego is fairly expensive when compared to other schools across the United States. It's yearly out-of-state tuition and fees costs for undergrads is $44,454.

Undergraduates who attend school in the same state they live in pay around $16,784 in yearly tuition and fees. Undergraduates who hail from California pay an average of $14,700 a year to attend UCSD, making the school a bargain if you only consider tuition and fees alone.

The chart below shows how UCSD compares to other schools nationwide, in the region, and in the state.

NationwideFar Western USCalifornia
Out-of-State Tuition & FeesExpensiveExpensiveExpensive
In-State Tuition & FeesInexpensiveInexpensiveInexpensive

Remember to also consider financial aid when trying to decide if you can afford to go to a particular school. For more details on that, see: University of California - San Diego Financial Aid.

UCSD Tuition & Fees Five Year Projection

1.24% In-State Tuition Increase
0.99% Out-of-State Tuition Increase
$61,399 Est. 4-Year Cost

Tuition and Fees for in-state University of California - San Diego increased with an average annual rate of 1.24% over the past five years. This school year, in-state students can expect to pay $15,067 if the growth keeps up.

If the in-state UCSD tuition and fees growth rate stays consistent, two years of study could cost $30,321, and four years would cost $61,399.

Tuition and fees for out-of-state students have grown by about 0.99% in the past five years. This school year, students outside of the state will pay an estimated $45,343.

For two years This means an estimated $91,137 for two years of out-of-state tuition and fees at UCSD, and $184,097 for four years.

The following chart shows projected upcoming tuition and fees for undergraduates at UCSD.


Don't Ignore Cost Increases

Unless your school has advertised price freezes, it is likely the cost of tuition and fees will go up every year. Make sure you factor this into your budget.

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