University of California-Santa Cruz

Public, Four-years School Located in Santa Cruz, CA

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How much is the UC Santa Cruz tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, UC Santa Cruz's tuition & fees is $14,560 for California residents and $45,337 for out-of-state students.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $39,032 for California residents and $69,809 for out-of-state students when a student lives on-campus.

UC Santa Cruz Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
California Residents Tuition & Fees$14,560
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$45,337
Books & Supplies Costs$1,204
On-campus Room & Board$18,185
On-campus Expenses$5,083
Off-campus Room & Board$15,653
Off-campus Expenses$5,643
2023-2024 Projection
California Residents Tuition & Fees$14,091
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$43,845

How Much Does it Cost to Go to UC Santa Cruz for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $192,080 at UC Santa Cruz. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $292,146. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $203,616.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$46,386$70,333$48,954
Sophomore (2024-25)$47,459$72,105$50,231
Junior (2025-26)$48,556$73,922$51,542
Senior (2026-27)$49,680$75,786$52,888
4 Years Total$192,080$292,146$203,616
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$47,459$72,105$50,231
Sophomore (2025-26)$48,556$73,922$51,542
Junior (2026-27)$49,680$75,786$52,888
Senior (2027-28)$50,829$77,697$54,270
4 Years Total$196,524$299,511$208,932
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$48,556$73,922$51,542
Sophomore (2026-27)$49,680$75,786$52,888
Junior (2027-28)$50,829$77,697$54,270
Senior (2028-29)$52,005$79,657$55,688
4 Years Total$201,069$307,063$214,389
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$49,680$75,786$52,888
Sophomore (2027-28)$50,829$77,697$54,270
Junior (2028-29)$52,005$79,657$55,688
Senior (2029-30)$53,207$81,668$57,144
4 Years Total$205,720$314,808$219,991
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$50,829$77,697$54,270
Sophomore (2028-29)$52,005$79,657$55,688
Junior (2029-30)$53,207$81,668$57,144
Senior (2030-31)$54,438$83,729$58,638
4 Years Total$210,479$322,752$225,741

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, UC Santa Cruz' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $12,960. Compared to public, four-years colleges in California, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $13,259.
University of California-Santa Cruz$14,560$45,337
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
California Four-years Colleges$20,867
Public Schools$4,034$13,259
Private Schools$23,111

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between UC Santa Cruz and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (public, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
University of California-Santa CruzSanta Cruz, CA$14,560$45,337
California State University-FullertonFullerton, CA$7,073$18,953
San Diego State UniversitySan Diego, CA$8,290$20,170

Financial Aid and COA

At University of California-Santa Cruz, 11,637 students (65%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $20,896.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at UC Santa Cruz is $48,913 for students living on-campus and $46,941 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 3,077 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $21,202 and the average amount of student loans is $6,519.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
California ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (on-campus)$39,032$69,809
COA (off-campus)$37,060$67,837
Tuition & Fees$14,560$45,337
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$24,472$24,472
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$22,500$22,500
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$18,136$48,913
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$16,164$46,941
Average Financial Aid$20,896$20,896
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship11,63765%$20,896
Pell Grants5,72132%$5,302
Federal Student Loan5,02528%$5,695
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid3,07774%-
Grants or Scholarships2,83268%$21,202
Federal Grants2,50260%$5,513
Pell Grants1,37033%$5,542
Other Federal Grants2,49060%$2,490
State/Local Grants2,03049%$10,766
Institutional Grants2,45659%$9,933
Student Loan Aid1,49336%$6,519
Federal Student Loans1,43435%$4,715
Other Student Loans75518%$3,935
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level2,0731,879$20,106
110,001 or more434260$4,778

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

UC Santa Cruz's acceptance rate is 58.64%. A total of 61,695 applicants applied to and 36,177 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 4,187 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 11.57%.
To apply to UC Santa Cruz, 4 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record, Completion of college-preparatory program and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
Acceptance Rate58.64%54.40%62.27%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)11.57%12.18%11.12%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither Required Nor Recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsNeither Required Nor Recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresNeither Required Nor Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

Student Population

University of California-Santa Cruz has a total of 19,478 students including 17,502 undergraduate and 1,976 graduate students. By gender, there are 10,375 male students and 9,466 female students attending UC Santa Cruz. The school offers online degree programs and 98 students enrolled online exclusively (0.50% of all students).
Total19,841 10,3759,466
Undergraduate17,864 9,3198,545
Graduate1,977 1,056921

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered165 Programs
Graduate Program Offered92 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate46.92%
Student Population19,478
Graduation Rate76%
Transfer-out Rate5%
Retention Rate88% (Full-time), 52% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate23 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties688 (Full-time), 230 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs3,394 (Full-time), 536 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$139,736
Average Staff Salary$83,196