Expenses, Tuition, and Fees
On This Page:
- Estimated Expenses
- Tuition and Fees
- Special Tuition and Fee Programs, Waivers, and Exemptions
- Reduced-Fee Part-Time Study Program
- Tuition and Fee Reduction for Staff and Academic Employees
- Exceptions from Nonresident Supplemental Tuition
- Exceptions from Tuition and Fees
- California Residence and Nonresident Supplemental Tuition
- Laws Governing Residence
- Who is a Resident?
- Requirements for Financial Independence
- Establishing Intent to become a California Resident
- General Rules Applying to Minors
- Specific Rules Applying to Minors
- Exemptions from Nonresident Supplemental Tuition
- Temporary Absences
- Change in Resident Classification
- Incorrect Classification
- Inquiries and Appeals
- Tuition and Fee Refunds
The range of estimated nine-month expenses, including projected tuition, fees, books and supplies, room and board, and miscellaneous expenses for California-resident students attending UCI during the 2021-22 academic year are shown in the following chart. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice, and the university may impose additional fees.
Expenses for students living off campus vary depending upon number of roommates, location of apartment, amenities and other factors. Graduate student expenses assume two students sharing a two-bedroom apartment. All other on- and off-campus estimates are based on two students sharing a bedroom. Figures are based on periodic surveys and are adjusted for inflation for years when surveys are not conducted. These are intended only as a guide in computing average expenses.
|California-Resident Student Status||Living Arrangement||Estimated Nine-Month Expenses|
|Graduate||On campus – Verano||$39,864.61|
|On campus – Campus Village||$40,980.61|
|On campus – Palo Verde||$40,945.61|
Tuition and Fees
Some or all instruction for all or part of the Academic Year may be delivered remotely. Tuition and mandatory fees have been 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. Figures for tuition and fees represent currently approved amounts and may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the University of California as determined to be necessary or appropriate. Final approved tuition and fee levels may differ from the amounts presented. Consult the University Registrar’s website for the most up-to-date information.
|Student Services Fee||$1,128.00||$1,128.00|
|Associated Students Fee - ASUCI Fee||$54.00||$54.00|
|Associated Students Fee - ASUCI Student Resources & Services||$75.00||$75.00|
|UCI Student Center Fee||$267.00||$267.00|
|UCI Student Center Fee - Continuation Fee||$159.30||$159.30|
|Bren Events Center Fee||$69.00||$69.00|
|Recreation Center Fee||$264.00||$264.00|
|Campus Spirit Fee||$99.00||$99.00|
|Measure S Fee||$24.00||$24.00|
|Anteater Express Fee||$134.15||$134.15|
|Club Sports Fee||$16.50||$16.50|
|Food Pantry Fee||$10.29||$10.29|
|eTech Fee 5||varies||varies|
|UG Student Health Insurance Plan Fee||$1,962.18||$1,962.18|
|Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 1||----------||$29,754.00|
|Student Services Fee||$1,128.00||$1,128.00|
|Associated Graduate Student Fee - AGS 4||$27.00||$27.00|
|UCI Student Center Fee||$267.00||$267.00|
|UCI Student Center Fee - Continuation||$159.30||$159.30|
|Bren Events Center Fee||$69.00||$69.00|
|Recreation Center Fee||$264.00||$264.00|
|Grad. Student Health Insurance Plan Fee||$4,680.66||$4,680.66|
|Nonresident Supplemental Tuition||--------||$15,102.00|
All figures shown may not be final; actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California or, as authorized, by the President of the University of California and/or delegated to the UCI Chancellor. Accordingly, final approved levels and charges may differ from the amounts shown.
Student fees shown are based on three quarters of attendance.
The exact cost of attending UCI varies by program. Students in state-supported professional programs including the Full-time M.B.A., J.D., M.D., Master of Public Health, Master of Public Policy, M.S. Biomedical and Translational Sciences, M.S. Biotechnology Management, M.S. Engineering Management, M.S. Genetic Counseling, Master's Entry Program in Nursing, Doctor of Pharmacy, Master of Urban and Regional Planning, and self-supporting professional programs including the Executive M.B.A. and Fully-Employed M.B.A. programs, Master of Professional Accounting., Master of Finance, M.S. Business Analytics, Master of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, M.A.S. in Criminology, Law and Society, Master of Legal and Forensic Psychology, Master of Embedded & Cyber Physical Systems, Master of Engineering, Master of English, Master of Computer Science, Master of Human-Computer Interaction and Design, Master of Software Engineering, Master of Data Science, Master of American Laws, M.S. Pharmacology, Master of Conservation and Restoration Science and Doctor of Nursing Practice should refer to the tuition and fee information posted on the University Registrar’s website.
In addition to the AGS fee, M.B.A. and M.D. students pay annual supplement fees of $15.00 and $30.00 respectively that support their individual graduate students' association
The nonrefundable eTech fee is $4.00 per undergraduate lecture course unit, up to a maximum of $60.00 per quarter or $180.00 per year.
The mandatory campus-based fees listed above (Associated Students Fee, Student Center Fee, Student Center Continuation Fee, Bren Events Center Fee, Recreation Center Fee, Campus Spirit Fee, Measure S Fee, TGIF Fee, Anteater Express Fee, Club Sports Fee, SOAR Fee and Food Pantry Fee) include all currently approved fees.
Tuition and fees for each quarter are due and payable in advance within deadlines published in the Quarterly Academic Calendar on the University Registrar’s website. A student will not be officially registered in classes until tuition and fees are paid in full, with the exception of students who are participating in the PACE Plan.
Continuing and returning students are required to pay all outstanding fines and other debts in full before they pay their tuition and fees for an upcoming term.
Information about tuition and fee refunds appears later in this section.
Tuition is a mandatory UC systemwide charge and provides general support for the University’s operating budget, including costs related to instruction, and funds student financial aid. Graduate students studying out of the State may be eligible to pay 15 percent of tuition. M.D. students are required to pay the full tuition for each quarter in which they enroll, including the summer quarter. The summer quarter tuition level for M.D. students will be the same as that of the previous spring quarter. A portion of Tuition is returned to support student financial aid.
The Student Services Fee is a mandatory UC systemwide fee required of all students regardless of the number of courses taken, unless otherwise noted. This fee is a charge to each student for co-curricular programs, activities, and services which benefit the student and which are complementary to, but not a part of, the instructional programs. A portion of the fee is returned to support student financial aid. No part of this fee is refundable to students who do not use all or any of these services. Graduate students studying out of the State may be eligible to pay 15 percent of the Student Services Fee. M.D. students are required to pay the full Student Services Fee for each fall, winter, and spring quarter, and a reduced Student Services Fee of $80.00 for each summer quarter.
The Associated Students Fees are compulsory campus-based fees administered by the Associated Students of UCI, the Associated Graduate Students, The Merage Student Association, and the Associated Medical Students. These funds provide social activities, lectures, forums, concerts, and other activities at either a reduced charge, or no charge, to UCI students. The fees are required of all students. In spring 2017, the undergraduate students voted via referendum to increase the ASUCI fee to fund additional student resources and services.
The UCI Student Center Fee is a compulsory campus-based fee required of all students regardless of the number of courses taken. The fee is used to pay the debt service on revenue bonds sold to finance the construction costs, to fund operating costs, and to fund major repairs and maintenance expenses of the UCI Student Center. The Student Center Continuation Fee is the portion of the Student Center Fee originally set to expire in fall 2017. This portion of the fee was renewed via student referendum in spring 2016 and the purpose of the Continuation Fee is to maintain current service levels, support of daily operating expenses and continuous facility maintenance and improvements to the Student Center.
The Bren Events Center Fee is a compulsory campus-based fee required of all students regardless of the number of courses taken or units carried. The fee is used for operations, maintenance, including deferred maintenance, and repair and improvement projects for the Bren Events Center. The fee was also used to pay the debt service on revenue bonds sold to finance the construction costs of the Bren Events Center.
The Recreation Center Fee is a compulsory campus-based fee required of all students regardless of the number of courses taken or units carried. The fee is used to operate, maintain, and pay the debt service on revenue bonds sold to finance the construction costs of the Student Recreation Center and Athletics facilities improvements.
The Campus Spirit Fee is a compulsory campus-based fee required of all undergraduate students regardless of the number of courses taken or units carried. The fee is used to support Athletics and Campus Spirit Programs.
The Measure S Fee is a compulsory campus-based fee required of all undergraduate students regardless of the number of courses taken or units carried. The fee is used to support, upgrade, and expand the ASUCI Express Shuttle.
The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) Fee is a compulsory campus-based fee required of all undergraduate students for the fall, winter, and spring quarters regardless of the number of courses taken or units carried. The fee is used to support undergraduate student efforts to reduce the campus’s environmental footprint and to promote sustainable educational projects at UCI.
The Anteater Express Fee is a compulsory campus-based fee required of all undergraduate students regardless of the number of courses taken or units carried. The purpose of the fee is to support the Anteater Express campus shuttle service. The fee revenue is used to fund expenses including, but not limited to, fleet replacement, disability services, and route expansion. This initiative differs from the current Measure S Fee in that the funds may be spent more broadly and the funds are also overseen by a funding board.
The Club Sports Fee is a compulsory campus-based fee required of all undergraduate students for the fall, winter, and spring quarters regardless of the number of courses taken or units carried. The purpose of the fee is to provide a permanent source of operating and programming support for the Club Sports Program at UCI. The fee revenue will be used to fund expenses such as, but not limited to, coaching, cost of equipment and uniforms, tournament fees, travel expenses, events facility rentals and basic-level league dues for all clubs in the Club Sports Program.
The SOAR Fee is compulsory campus-based fee required of all undergraduate students for the fall, winter, spring, and summer quarters regardless of the number of courses taken or units carried. The purpose of the fee is to provide a permanent source of operating and programming support for the Student Outreach and Retention (SOAR) Center. The fee revenue is used for, but not limited to, funding student-initiated outreach and retention efforts, expanding current services and programs, and providing leadership and development opportunities for students.
The Food Pantry Fee is a compulsory campus-based fee required of all undergraduate students for the fall, winter, spring and summer quarters regardless of the number courses taken or units carried. The purpose of the fee is to cover the expenses of operating the current food pantry which provides non-perishable food to students who experience food insecurity.
The eTech Fee is a nonrefundable per-unit fee, required of all students enrolled in undergraduate lecture courses during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. The fee is used to fund the UC Irvine Educational Technology Initiative maintaining and improving existing educational technology, and providing new educational technology services and capabilities supporting the educational goals of UCI students. The fee is $4.00 per unit of undergraduate lecture course, up to a maximum amount of $60.00 (or 15 units) per quarter. It will be assessed after the third week of instruction. Further information is available at the eTech website.
The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee. Alumni and continuing students receive the benefits but do not pay the new fee, as they have been subject to various fees previously for their degree programs. Students in self-supporting fee programs are not charged the fee; they will pay the per-single document fee for transcripts and verifications, as well as the diploma mailing fee. Summer-only and visiting students are not charged the fee; they will pay the per-single document fee for transcripts and verifications. Services not covered by the document fee are still subject to transaction fees. These include, but are not limited to, express shipping, special handling, replacement diplomas, and notary services.
The Undergraduate Student Health Insurance Plan Fee is a mandatory fee charged over three quarters (fall, winter, and spring) to provide 12-month coverage from September through August. The fee is required of all undergraduate students regardless of the number of courses taken or units carried. The fee is used to provide undergraduate students with health insurance. If students provide evidence of comparable coverage from another source, participation in the mandatory plan may be waived. This fee is subject to change pending the outcome of negotiations with insurance carriers.
The Graduate Student Health Insurance Plan Fee is a mandatory fee charged over three quarters (fall, winter, and spring) to provide 12-month coverage from September through August. First-year law and medical students who matriculate prior to September, any returning students not enrolled in the previous spring quarter, and transfer students must also pay a prorated GSHIP premium in addition to the fall premium. The fee is required of all graduate and medical students regardless of the number of courses taken or units carried. The fee is used to provide graduate and medical students with health insurance. If students provide evidence of comparable coverage from another source, participation in the mandatory plan may be waived. This fee is subject to change pending the outcome of negotiations with insurance carriers.
The Medical Student Disability Insurance Fee is required of all medical students. The entire annual fee is charged for the fall quarter.
The Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition (PDST) is mandatory supplemental tuition required of all graduate professional students in specific state-supported graduate professional programs regardless of the number of units taken. The UCI graduate professional programs charging a PDST include the M.B.A., J.D., M.D., Master of Public Health, Master of Public Policy, Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Master of Science in Biotechnology Management, Master of Science in Engineering Management, Master of Science in Genetic Counseling, Master's Entry Program in Nursing and Doctor of Pharmacy programs.
A $1,500.00 advance deposit on the Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition is required of all new M.B.A. students upon their acceptance of admission. This deposit is nonrefundable.
|Changes in Class Enrollment after Announced Dates (each transaction)||$3.00|
|Credit by Examination (each petition)||$5.00|
|Late Payment of Tuition and Fees||$50.00|
|Late Enrollment in Classes||$50.00|
|Returned Payment Fee||$25.00|
|Student Parking Permits 1|
|- Zone Commuter, monthly||$75.00|
|- Zone Commuter, Preferred, Monthly||$94.00|
|- Resident, monthly||$125.00|
In addition, students may be assessed a course materials fee. Consult the online Schedule of Classes for courses requiring the fee and the fee level.
In accordance with Regents policy, UC parking systems are self-supporting auxiliary enterprises receiving no State appropriations. Visit the Transportation and Distribution Services website for fee levels of other types of parking permits. Prices shown are for 2020-21 and are subject to change for 2021-22.
|Application Fee (nonrefundable in all cases) 1,2|
|- International Undergraduate||$80.00|
|- Domestic Graduate 3||$120.00|
|- International Graduate 3||$140.00|
|- Secondary Application Fee (Medical)||$120.00|
|Application Fee for Readmission 1|
|- Domestic Undergraduate||$70.00|
|- International Undergraduate||$70.00|
|- Domestic Graduate 4||$120.00|
|- International Graduate 4||$120.00|
|Advancement to Candidacy for Ph.D.||$90.00|
|Duplicate Diploma, School of Medicine||$125.00|
|Filing Fee (graduate programs; one-half quarterly Student Services Fee) 5||$188.00|
|Graduate Special Library Borrowing Privileges (per year, nonrefundable, renewable) 6||$50.00|
|Master's Thesis Electronic Submission Fee||$55.00|
|J.D. Acceptance of Admissions Deposit 1||$750.00|
|M.B.A. Acceptance of Admissions Deposit 1||$1,500.00|
|M.P.H. Acceptance of Admissions Deposit||$200.00|
|Transcript of Record (per copy for self-spporting programs)||$17.00|
|Undergraduate Acceptance of Admission deposit (nonrefundable; applied toward Student Services Fee) 1||$250.00|
|Verification of Student Status (per copy for self-supporting programs)||$17.00|
Nonrefundable in all cases.
The fee entitles an applicant to apply to one UC campus. Applicants who are applying to more than one campus must pay the fee for each campus selected.
The Application Fee for The Paul Merage School of Business is $150.00.
The Graduate Readmission Fee is only applicable to students whose status has lapsed during an academic quarter and are trying to be readmitted for the same quarter. Students whose status has lapsed and wish to return in a subsequent quarter must go through the entire application and admission process again and pay the applicable application fee.
The Filing Fee is one half of the quarterly Student Services Fee.
This fee entitles graduate students on Official Leave of Absence or Filing Fee Status to keep their library privileges.
Fees shown are currently approved miscellaneous fees and do not reflect all 2021-22 proposed fees. Fees are subject to change without notice. The university may impose additional fees when approved.
Special Tuition and Fee Programs, Waivers, and Exemptions
The PACE Installment Plan allows students to spread the quarterly costs of tuition and fee payment over a three-month period. A fee is charged for this privilege. Information about PACE is available at the Campus Billing Services website.
Part-time study for credit leading to an undergraduate or graduate degree is available in some academic units. To take advantage of reduced tuition and fees for part-time status, quarterly course enrollment is limited to 10 units or fewer for undergraduate students and to eight units or fewer for graduate students. Students enrolled in excess units after Friday of the third week of instruction are liable for full tuition and fees.
The same admissions standards that apply to full-time students apply to part-time students. Under University policy, academic deans (the Dean of the Division of Undergraduate Education, for Undecided/Undeclared students; the Dean of Graduate Studies, for graduate students) may approve Petitions for Part-Time Status only for reasons of occupation, family responsibilities, or health.
Undergraduate and graduate students on approved part-time status pay the full Student Services Fee and one-half of Tuition. Those part-time students who have been determined to be nonresidents of the State of California are assessed one-half the Nonresident Supplemental Tuition, in addition to the full Student Services Fee and one-half of Tuition. Part-time students pursuing a professional degree are assessed one-half the Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition, the full Student Services Fee, and one-half of Tuition.
Part-time status lapses at the end of each academic year; therefore, a student must reapply each year that part-time status is desired. See the University Registrar’s website for more information.
Undergraduate petitions are available from academic counselors or the University Registrar’s Office; graduate students may obtain further information and petitions from the Graduate Division. All students are encouraged to consult with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships regarding minimum unit requirements.
Students who are career employees at UCI or the University of California, Irvine Medical Center are eligible for a two-thirds reduction of the Student Services Fee, Tuition, and campus-based fees. This applies for up to nine units or three regular session University courses per quarter, whichever is greater. For staff employees, additional information and the Employee Application for Reduced Fees is available from Human Resources. Academic employees should contact the Office of Academic Personnel.
Information regarding University of California residence regulations for tuition purposes can be found on the University Registrar's website.
Please note that changes may be made in the residence requirements between the publication of this statement and the relevant residence determination date. Inquiries regarding residence requirements, determination, and/or recognized exceptions should be directed to the campus Residence Deputy.
Tuition and Fee Refunds
Students who pay tuition and fees for a regular academic term and then decide to withdraw from the University must submit a Withdrawal form, complete with the signature of their academic dean. Undergraduate students must submit the form to the University Registrar; graduate students to the Graduate Division; medical students to the School of Medicine’s Registrar’s Office; law students to the Law School Registrar’s Office. This form serves two purposes:
- A refund of tuition and fees, if applicable; and
- Withdrawal from classes.
The effective date of withdrawal is used in determining the percentage of tuition and fees to be refunded. This date is normally the date that the student submits the form to the appropriate dean for approval. It is presumed that no University services will be provided to the student after that date. Tuition and fees are refunded as follows.
Prior to and including the first day of instruction, tuition and fees are refunded in full, except for
- A $10 service charge for continuing and readmitted students, or the $100 Acceptance of Admission Fee for new undergraduate students, or the applicable deposit fee for new health sciences and M.B.A. students, and
- The Student Health Insurance Fee. (The Student Health Insurance Fee is refunded only if the Withdrawal form is submitted prior to the first day of the quarter.) Students should bear in mind that the “first day of the quarter” often is several days prior to the “first day of instruction.” Refer to the Academic Calendar for exact dates.
A refund of the Medical Student Disability Insurance Fee (if applicable) may be requested.
After the first day of instruction, the tuition and fee refund is prorated as shown (with the exception of the Health Insurance Fee).
|Calendar days (beginning with the first day of instruction)||Refund|
|over 35||no refund|
New students receiving Federal Financial Aid follow the refund schedule outlined below.
|Calendar days (beginning with the first day of instruction)||Refund|
|over 42||no refund|
Financial aid recipients should see the UCI Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships Student Withdrawal Policy, or consult their Policies and Conditions website.
Claims for a refund of tuition and fees must be presented during the fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) in which the claim is applicable. Refund checks are issued by the Accounting Office approximately three weeks after the official notice of withdrawal is initiated.
Law students follow refund schedules set by the School of Law. Refer to the School of Law website for further information.
Housing refunds are subject to the terms of the applicable housing agreement.