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UCLA Tuition Information

In 2021, tuition for full-time students at University of California, Los Angeles was $11,442 a year for in-state students and $41,196 a year for out-of-state students. On average, college tuition rises about 3 percent a year.

If these numbers feel scary, remember, the "sticker price" of tuition doesn't give you enough information to determine the actual cost. Many students pay far less than the total tuition after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts kick in. Plus, student loans can make the amount you do have to pay for college more manageable.

In-state vs. Out-of-state Tuition at UCLA

University of California, Los Angeles is a public, state institution, so it offers a reduced tuition rate of $11,442 for in-state students who attend full-time.

Public schools receive funds from the state to help them cover costs. Public, state schools can offer lower tuition for students who meet the requirements for in-state residency.

Attending a school where you qualify for in-state tuition can save significant money on the overall cost of college. Every state has their own rules about what makes someone eligible for in-state tuition. The most common requirement is that students must have lived in the state for a full year before starting school.

Explore other California colleges

UCLA International Student Tuition

UCLA has the same tuition for international students as for those from out of state.

International students are not eligible for federal financial aid, but may be eligible for school-specific aid and scholarships. International students with need may be eligible for the following types of financial support:

On-campus jobs

Loans from outsideUCLA

UCLA-specific scholarships

UCLA Living Expenses and Other Costs

In addition to tuition, there are other costs associated with college, like room and board, facility fees, and books and supplies.

Room and Board at UCLA

Room and board at UCLA is $16,625 a year. This includes the cost of living in dorms or other campus housing, plus a meal plan that allows you to eat in the school dining facilities.

Board costs may vary depending on how many meals are included in the meal plan you choose.

Cost of Books at UCLA

The cost of books often surprises first-year college students. At UCLA, you can expect to pay about $1,464 a year for books and supplies. This does not count the initial cost of a computer or other technology. The actual cost of books depends on the courses you take and the materials required.

Yearly Fees

Most schools also have fees to help cover the cost of facilties, like the library, gym and computer labs. Full-time undergrads at UCLA pay $2,122 in fees each academic year.

There may also be optional fees associated with participating in certain activities, like joining a fraternity or sorority, or playing on an intramural sports team, may mean additional fees.

Transportation costs

The total cost of transportation in college can really vary. It depends on if you drive or fly to get to school, own a car, or if you prefer to walk or take public transportation to get around campus.

A school's location can impact transportation costs. The University of California, Los Angeles campus is in a urban setting in California, not far from Los Angeles.

For UCLA students, $441 is good ballpark for transportation costs for on-campus students.

Other College Costs

When creating a budget for college, don’t forget to leave some room in your budget for personal expenses, like entertainment, clothes, furnishings and toiletries.

Let’s look at the breakdown of all expenses, which can add up for both on-campus and off-campus students.

How much does UCLA cost?

2021 Total Tuition and Expenses
In-state Tuition $11,442
Out-of-State Tuition $41,196
Room and Board $16,625
Books and Supplies $1,464
Yearly Fees $2,122
Transportation $441
Total Estimated Costs

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

University of California, Los Angeles Financial Aid

The majority of UCLA undergrads use financial aid to finance their education. In 2021, 14,389 of the 31,636 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. UCLA meets 79 percent of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $19,091 a year. Around 40 percent of UCLA undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. UCLA graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $20,305 of student loan debt.

The average debt for each loan type varies.

Average Debt By Loan Type
Federal Loans $18,377
State Loans $8,517
UCLA-Specific Loans $2,576
Private Loans $32,911
Most Common Loans for UCLA Students
Federal Loans 38%
State loans 1%
Private loans 3%

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 UCLA financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at UCLA

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 2021, UCLA awarded 13,945 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $262,367,960 to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $15,187,070 in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

University of California, Los Angeles Net Cost

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 UCLA 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 UCLA was $19,091 in 2021. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of UCLA seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
Out-of-State, On-Campus $42,315.85

What will attending UCLA 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 UCLA's net cost calculator on their website.

UCLA 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.

UCLA Tuition Waivers

Schools sometimes offer tuition waivers to certain groups to cover some or all of the cost of tuition. Some schools offer them for employees and their family, underrepresented students, or military students. Even with a tuition waiver, other expenses and fees are the responsibility of the student

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

UCLA Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$31,653

In State

$61,407

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$11,442
$41,196
Fees
$2,122
$2,122
Housing
$16,625
$16,625
Books
$1,464
$1,464

UCLA Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

45%

Average Financial Aid Package

$21,245

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

45,846

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

14%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$13,564

Out-of-State

$43,318

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Nov 30
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