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Colleges / University of California, Irvine

University of California, Irvine

Irvine, CA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate29%
Acceptance Rate29%

UC Irvine Tuition Information

In 2022, tuition for full-time students at University of California, Irvine was $11,928 a year for in-state students and $42,954 a year for out-of-state students.

On average, college tuition goes up about 3% every year.

If these numbers feel scary, remember, the total cost of tuition isn't necessarily what you will have to pay to attend a school. Many students find the actual cost of college is way less than the total tuition after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are applied. Plus, student loans can make the amount you do have to pay for college until you're done with college.

University of California, Irvine: In-state vs. Out-of-State Tuition

University of California, Irvine is a public, state institution, so it offers a reduced tuition rate of $11,928 for students who qualify as state residents and attend full-time.

Public schools receive funds from the state to help them cover costs. These institutions offer a lower cost of attendance for those who qualify as California residents.

Choosing a college where you qualify for in-state residency can cut the cost of college tuition. Be sure to verify your state's criteria for in-state residency. Each state has different requirements to qualify as in-state resident. The most common requirement is that students must have lived in the state for a full year before starting school. There may be other criteria too, depending on where you live.

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UC Irvine International Student Tuition

Tuition at UC Irvine is the same for all students.

Students from outside of the U.S. are not eligible for loans or grants from the U.S. government, but should research private or school-specific grants, scholarships, and other funding opportunities.. International students who demonstrate financial need may be eligible for the following types of financial support at UC Irvine:

  • On-campus jobs
  • UC Irvine-specific loans
  • Athletic Awards
  • UC Irvine-specific scholarships
  • International Students Tuition Waivers

International students without financial need may be eligible for merit-based institutional scholarships.

UC Irvine Housing Expenses and Other Costs

Tuition is not the only cost of attending college; room and board, books, transportation and fees are also costs it consider when planning for college. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at UC Irvine.

Room and Board Costs at UC Irvine

Housing and campus dining at UC Irvine costs $17,412 a year. This number covers the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, plus a dining plan that enables you to eat all or some of your meals the UC Irvine's on-campus cafeterias and dining halls.

Board costs vary based on on the numnber of meals you intend to eat on-campus

Cost of Books at UC Irvine

The cost of books often surprises first-year college students. The real cost of books depends on the courses you take and the textbooks, computer programs, or other materials are required.. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy books from students who have already taken the course.

Yearly Fees

Most schools charge some yearly fees to offsets cost associated with maintaining facilties, like the library, gym and computer labs.

Keep in mind, there could also be optional fees associated with participating in special activities, like joining a fraternity or sorority, or playing on an intramural sports team. Many schools have resources so that those with financial need to find ways to lower or eliminate these fees.

Transportation costs

The total cost of transportation in college can really vary. Will you take a subway, car or an airplane to get to school? Is on-campus parking free, or will you need to budget for parking? Is the campus walkable? Do you plan to bring a car or will you need to use busses, subways, or other modes of transportation? All of these questions can drastically impact your transportation budget. At UC Irvine, freshman are allowed to park on campus.

Where are a college is located can impact your transportation budget. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the flip side, getting around in a city is often pricey, but there may be more trains, busses and low-cost flight options to actually get to school. The University of California, Irvine campus is in a suburban setting in California, not far from Los Angeles.

Personal Expenses and Other Costs

When you're planning for college, don’t forget to consider personal expenses, like going out to eat or see shows, furnishing your living space, and things like haircuts, clothes and, yes, even toilet paper and shampoo.

Now, let’s go over all of the costs we've covered, to get a better estimate of the actual cost of attending UC Irvine.

How Much Does UC Irvine Cost?

What will the cost of attending UC Irvine be? Here is a breakdown of tuition and expenses.

2022 Total Tuition and Expenses
In-state Tuition $11,928
Out-of-State Tuition $42,954
Room and Board $17,412
Other expenses $1,627

The total estimated cost will vary depending on whether you are going to live on-campus or off-campus.

Total Estimated Costs

Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.

Financial Aid at UC Irvine

The majority of UC Irvine undergrads use financial aid to to cover the cost of tuition. In 2022, 16,821 of the 29,449 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. UC Irvine meets 79.2% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $26,607 a year. Around 44% of UC Irvine undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. UC Irvine graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $17,472 of student loan debt.

The average debt for each loan type varies.

Average Debt By Loan Type
Federal Loans $16,003
State Loans $9,085
UC Irvine-Specific Loans $1,571
Private Loans $38,731
Most Common Loans for UC Irvine Students
Federal Loans 42%
State loans 1%
Institutional Loans 8%
Private loans 2%

Most students take out institutional or government loans, because they tend to have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than private loans. Loans from the federal government can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest during school, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest at the time the loan is issued. If students do no qualify for enough federal loans to cover the cost of tuition, some take out private loans. Parents can also take out ParentPLUS loans, which are government loans for parents who are helping their children pay for college.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps colleges determine how much financial need students and their familes have, so they can offer a financial aid package that meets, or come close to meeting, their need. For more information on UC Irvine financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at University of California, Irvine

Some students may receive grants and scholarships to help pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.

In 2022, UC Irvine awarded 16,365 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $348.6 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $12.48 million in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

Net Cost of UC Irvine

The net price of college is the actual cost of attending a school for one year. Net cost is calculated by subtracting any scholarships, grants or other aid that does not need to be paid back from the total cost. Student loans are not part of the calculation, because they need to be repaid.

Now that we have a sense of the total estimated costs for UC Irvine students, we can subtract the average financial aid package to find the estimated net cost. Net cost can vary depending on a students’ need and the financial aid award received.

When considering whether a school fits your budget, it is important to consider the estimated net cost, not just the sticker price of tuition. Often, schools with the highest tuition also offer the most generous aid packages, so estimate your net cost before eliminating a school because it does fit your budget.

The average amount of financial aid received by a full-time first year student with demonstrated need at UC Irvine was $26,607 in 2022. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of UC Irvine seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
In-State, On-Campus $-16583.36
Net In-state, Off-campus $-7314.36
Out-of-State, On-Campus $41,049.64

What will attending UC Irvine really cost you? The answer depends on several factors.

As of 2011, colleges are required to have a net price calculator on their website to help prospective students and their families make more informed decisions about the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the UC Irvine's net cost calculator on their website.

UC Irvine Tuition Payment Plans

Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.

Students cannot pay tuition in installments. Contact the financial aid office to verify this and discuss options.

Does University of California, Irvine Offer Tuition Waivers?

Schools sometimes waiver tuition for certain groups, to make attending more affordable. Some colleges offer tuition waivers for faculty, staff, and their families , underrepresented students, or military students. Even with a tuition waiver, other expenses and fees are the responsibility of the student.

UC Irvine has some full or partial tuition waivers available for: - International Students

Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.

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UC Irvine Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$32,127

In State

$61,881

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$11,442
$41,196
Fees
$2,498
$2,498
Housing
$16,868
$16,868
Books
$1,319
$1,319

UC Irvine Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

57%

Average Financial Aid Package

$24,088

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

36,505

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

29%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$13,940

Out-of-State

$43,694

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Nov 30
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