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UC Riverside Tuition Information

In 2021, tuition for full-time students at University of California, Riverside was $11,442 a year for in-state students and $41,196 a year for out-of-state students.

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

If this makes attending the college of your dreams seem daunting, 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 a lot less than the total tuition after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are applied. Plus, student loans can make thecost of college feel more doable until you're done with college.

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

University of California, Riverside 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. These institutions offer reduced tuition for students who are residents of that state.

Choosing a school where you are eligible for in-state tuition can save significant money on the overall cost of college. Be sure to check your state's rules 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 additional requirements too, depending on where you live.

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Do International Students Pay More to Go to UC Riverside?

UC Riverside 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 private or UC Riverside-specific aid and scholarships.

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

UC Riverside Room, Board 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 Riverside.

House and Food Costs at UC Riverside

Room and board at UC Riverside costs $16,261 a year. This number includes the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, and a dining plan that enables you to eat in the school dining facilities.

Board costs vary based on on how many meals are included in the plan you choose.

Cost of Books at UC Riverside

First-year students are sometimes surprised by how much books and supplies cost–and not in a good way. . The real cost of books and supplies depends on the courses you take and the materials 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

The majority of colleges charge some yearly fees to offsets cost associated with maintaining facilties, like the computer labs and libraries, athletic facilities, and more. Students who attend UC Riverside full time pay $2,417 in fees each academic year.

There may be optional fees associated with participating in certain activities, like joining a fraternity or sorority, or participating in sports or other extracurriculars. Most colleges offer resources so that those who may struggle to participate because of cost can get help covering these costs.

The Cost of Transportation at UC Riverside

The 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 easy to get around on foot? Do you plan to bring a car or are you planning to use public transportation? All of these questions can drastically impact your estimated cost of transportation. At UC Riverside, freshman are allowed to park on campus.

A school's location 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 other hand getting around in a city is sometimes costly, but cities may offer more trains, busses or affordable flights to actually get to school. University of California, Riversideis 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 leave some room in your budget for personal expenses, like movies, takeouts, furniture or appliances for your dorm or housing, and essentials like laundry detergent, toothpaste and toilet paper.

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

Total Cost of UC Riverside

2021 Total Tuition and Expenses
In-state Tuition $11,442
Out-of-State Tuition $41,196
Room and Board $16,261
Yearly Fees $2,417
Other expenses $1,644
Total Estimated Costs

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

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

University of California, Riverside Financial Aid

The majority of University of California, Riverside undergrads use financial aid to finance their education. In 2021, 16,220 of the 22,687 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. UC Riverside meets 82% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $21,806 a year. Around 63% of UC Riverside undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. UC Riverside graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $19,828 of student loan debt.

The average debt for each loan type varies.

Average Debt By Loan Type
Federal Loans $19,035
State Loans $6,792
UC Riverside-Specific Loans $4,000
Private Loans $24,130
Most Common Loans for UC Riverside Students
Federal Loans 61%
State loans 2%
Institutional 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 UC Riverside financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at UC Riverside

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 Riverside awarded 15,803 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $280 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $5.56 million in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

Net Cost of UC Riverside

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 Riverside 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 Riverside was $21,806 in 2021. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of UC Riverside seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
Out-of-State, On-Campus $41,232

What will attending UC Riverside 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 understand the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the UC Riverside's net cost calculator on their website.

UC Riverside Tuition Payment Plans

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

UC Riverside does not have guaranteed tuition.

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

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

Does UC Riverside Offer Tuition Waivers?

Schools sometimes offer tuition waivers to certain groups, to make attending more affordable. Some schools offer tuition waivers for employees and their family members, 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.

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UC Riverside Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$31,640

In State

$61,394

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$11,442
$41,196
Fees
$2,417
$2,417
Housing
$16,261
$16,261
Books
$1,520
$1,520

UC Riverside Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

72%

Average Financial Aid Package

$21,430

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

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

26,434

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

66%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$13,859

Out-of-State

$43,613

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Nov 30
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