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UC Merced Tuition Information

In 2021, tuition for full-time students at University of California, Merced was .

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

If these numbers sound impossible, remember, the "sticker price" of tuition doesn't give you enough information to determine the actual cost of attending any given college. Many students find the actual cost of college is far less than the total tuition after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are awarded. Plus, student loans can make thecost of college feel more doable until you're done with college.

Does UC Merced Offer In-State and Out-of-State Tuition?

University of California, Merced is a public, state institution,

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 the reduced tuition offered to state residentscan drastically reduce the cost of tuition, as well as loans and interest owed. Be sure to check your state's eligibility criteria for in-state tuition. Every state has its 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. There may be other criteria too, depending on where you live.

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Do International Students Pay More to Go to UC Merced?

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

International students are not eligible for loans or grants from the U.S. government, but may be eligible for private or school-specific aid and scholarships.

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

UC Merced 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 Merced.

House and Food Costs at UC Merced

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

How Much Do Books Cost at UC Merced?

The cost of books often surprises first-year college students. The real cost of books and supplies 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 used textbooks and materials.

Annual Fees

The majority of colleges also have fees to help cover the cost of facilties, like the library, gym and computer labs.

There may be other costs associated with participating in certain activities, like Greek Life, or playing on an intramural sports team. Many schools offer ways so that those with demonstrated need to find ways to lower or eliminate these fees.

Transportation costs

The total cost of transportation in college depends on a few key factors. Will you drive, fly, or take public transportation to school?. Will you need to pay to park on-campus? Is the campus easy to get around on foot? Do you plan to bring a car or will you need to use busses, subways, or other modes of transportation? All of these factors can drastically impact your estimated cost of transportation. Keeping in mind, first-year students are not allowed to park a car on campus.

Where are a college is located can also have a big effect on your transportation budget. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the other hand transportation in a city is usually pricey, but cities may offer more buses, trains or low-cost flight options to actually get to school. The University of California, Merced campus is in a small town setting in California, near Fresno.

Are There Any Other Costs Associated With College?

When you're planning for college, don’t forget to factor in the cost of things 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 do a rundown of all of the costs associated with college, to get a better idea of the actual cost of attending UC Merced.

Total Cost of UC Merced

2021 Total Tuition and Expenses
Total Estimated Costs

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

UC Merced’s tuition and fees change based on: Course load for part-time students

University of California, Merced Financial Aid

The majority of UC Merced undergrads use financial aid to to cover the cost of tuition. In 2021, 7,284 of the 8,276 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. UC Merced meets 78% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $23,591 a year. Around 67% of UC Merced undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. UC Merced graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $17,413 of student loan debt.

The average debt for each loan type varies.

Average Debt By Loan Type
Federal Loans $17,642
State Loans $6,388
UC Merced-Specific Loans $0
Private Loans $16,552
Most Common Loans for UC Merced Students
Federal Loans 63%
State loans 4%
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 Merced financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at UC Merced

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, UC Merced awarded 7,231 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $153.5 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $1.78 million in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

Net Cost of UC Merced

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 Merced 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 Merced was $23,591 in 2021. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of UC Merced seem more manageable.

What will attending UC Merced 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 get a better idea of the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the UC Merced's net cost calculator on their website.

UC Merced Tuition Payment Plans

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

UC Merced does not have guaranteed tuition.

A Prepaid Tuition Plan is not available for UC Merced students.

UC Merced offers an Installment Payment Plan, which allows students to pay tuition in a series of smaller chunks instead of one lump sum.

UC Merced Tuition Waivers

Schools sometimes offer tuition waivers to certain groups, to reduce the total cost of attendance. Some colleges offer tuition waivers for employees and their family members, underrepresented students, or military students. Even with a tuition waiver, students are usually responsible for housing, meal plans, and other expenses.

UC Merced has some full or partial tuition waivers available for: - Employees or Children of Employees

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

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UC Merced Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

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Average Financial Aid Package

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Campus Setting

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Acceptance Rate

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