Tuition and Fees

Calculating Your Fees 

UCSC Undergraduate Students

  • $0 – Registration Fee (no registering, enroll like the rest of the year)
  • $305.96* - Campus Fee (mandatory for all courses including remote)
  • $279* - Tuition per credit (the same for both in and out-of-state students)
  • Minus $680 off 15 credits or more - Ambitious Summer Discount!

*Based on 2021 fees. Subject to change.

Visiting Students  from other UC and other colleges and universities

  • $50 - Registration Fee
  • $305.96* - Campus Fee (mandatory for all courses including remote)
  • $279* - Tuition per credit (the same for both in and out-of-state students)
  • Minus $680 off 15 credits or more completed - Ambitious Summer Discount!

*Based on 2021 fees. Subject to change.

UCSC and Visiting Student Fees Table*

Credits

Tuition with Campus Fee

2 $863.96
3 $1,142.96
5 $1,700.96
6 $1,979.96
7 $2,258.96
10 $3,095.96
12 $3,653.96
14 $4,211.96
15 $4,490.96 $3,810.96* 
20 $5,885.96 $5,205.96 *
25 $7,280.96 $6,600.96 *
30 $8,675.96 $7,995.96*

*Based on 2021 fees. Subject to change. Cross-outs indicate the total after the Ambitious Summer Discount

Fee Information For:

Independent Studies (see your page for rates)

UCSC Faculty & Staff (see your page for rates)

UCSC Alumni (see rates for visiting students above)

Summer Edge Students (for fall admit students only - see your page for rates)

High School Students  (see your page for rates)

International University Students (see your page for rates)

Campus Fee 

  • The Campus Fee is mandatory for students enrolled in credits (on campus, remotely, and online). It is charged every quarter at UC Santa Cruz. The only exception is for newly admitted students taking the one-credit Slug Orientation Course (with nothing additional).
  • The Campus Fee is not a fee for usage of the campus. It is a campus-based fee, meaning it varies across the UC system's different campuses, charged by all UCs, all quarters, and semesters.  
  • Our Campus Fee is a culmination of fees that UCSC students have self-assessed to fund services, resources, and projects that they have approved by votes of the student body and ratified by the Senate, approved by the Chancellor, and ultimately, the President of the University of California. Visit the 2021 fee breakdown for extensive details.

VA Benefits

  • Continuing UC students attending Summer Session can use their Cal Vet waiver.  Cal Vet waives the Summer Session tuition and course fees. The mandatory campus fee is not waived by Cal VetNew fall admits can use their GI Bill for the preceding summer if the courses fulfill their degree requirements. Students from another UC Campus or California Community College may use the GI Bill with a Parent School Letter agreement. Contact the UCSC VA Certifying Official or email vets_benefits@ucsc.edu for more information.

Discounts

  • Ambitious Summer Discount - Students who complete 15 credits or more receive a $680 discount. There is no application or additional action needed by the student to receive this award. The only requirements are completing the UC Santa Cruz Summer Session credits anytime over the 10-Week Summer Quarter (can be done in one or both sessions). 

    This discount cannot be combined with other tuition discounts or waivers like Staff 50% off, High School 50% off, Edge 25% off, or Cal Vet Waivers. All credits must be completed through UC Santa Cruz Summer Session to qualify.

Tuition and 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 and fees 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.