Standard budgets are used to determine how much financial aid students receive. UC establishes standard budgets for students using statistical data from a variety of sources including periodic surveys of UC Santa Cruz students. Students are assigned one of the following 3 budget types based on the housing plan they selected when completing the FAFSA or Dream Application.
On-Campus budgets - for students living in campus housing
Off-Campus budgets - for students living in non-campus owned housing
Commuter budgets - for students living with family
Standard budgets take into account basic expenses a student will have each year including the following:
- Tuition and fees (includes mandatory tuition and fees)
- Food and housing (includes room, board, groceries, and utilities)
- Books and supplies (includes books, supplies, course fees, data services, software, etc.)
- Personal expenses (includes toiletries, laundry, clothing, and entertainment)
- Transportation (includes an allowance for traveling to and from home and a pro-rated allowance for vehicle insurance and registration)
- Health Insurance (an allowance for health insurance)
Standard budgets do not include living expenses for winter and spring breaks.