Cost to Attend

Standard budgets are used to determine how much financial aid a student qualifies for.  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. 

  1. On-Campus budgets - for students living in campus housing

  2. Off-Campus budgets - for students living in non-campus owned housing

  3. 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. 

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