Cost of Attendance

2016-2017 STUDENT BUDGETS
Each year, Student Financial Aid develops standard allowable budgets for financial aid recipients. These budgets are used to determine financial aid eligibility and include a cost of living allowance; fees and non-resident supplemental tuition, if applicable; books and supplies. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developmentsStudent services fees and tuition are subject to change without notice.

Continue below for a breakdown of the monthly cost of living allowance and information about its components

Click here for the total budget used to determine financial aid eligibility. In other words, this is the breakdown of the total cost to attend UCSF, by program.

Click here for information about expenses that may be added to the standard student budget. These exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Cost of Living Allowance

Student Financial Aid establishes a modest, yet adequate cost of living allowance to determine financial aid eligibility each school year. This allowance includes housing and utilities, food, transportation, personal and miscellaneous, and medical expenses.

As required by federal law, budgets used to determine financial aid eligibility can only include the student's costs; spouse and/or children's expenses can not be included. 

MONTHLY COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCE  2016-2017
  Off Campus Parent/Guardian
Food      578        578
Housing (plus utilities)1    1552           0
Transportation      145         145
Personal/Miscellaneous      363         363
Total    2638       1086

1 Allowance assumes shared housing costs. Students who live in University owned apartments and pay less than $1,387/month will have a lower housing allowance.

Spouse and Children

Living costs of family members must be covered by student and spouse earnings and/or assets. Financial aid, however, can help cover reasonable child care ("baby-sitting") costs for children age 12 and younger for periods when the student is enrolled and the spouse is employed or in school.

Single Parents

Single parents are expected to support their children through earnings, savings, child support, etc. If sufficient funds are not available from these sources, an exception will be considered to include dependent costs in the student's budget. Single parents must provide information and documentation to the Student Financial Aid Office. Single parents are expected to use all legal means to obtain fair and reasonable child support. They may wish to seek assistance from public assistance programs.

Living with a Parent or Relative

Students living with a parent or other relative will have a lower cost of living than indicated in the standard student budgets. The monthly cost of living is $1,086 (excluding fees, tuition, books and supplies) for students living with a parent or other relative.

Living in University-Owned Housing

Most students living in University-owned apartments will have a lower monthly cost of living than indicated in the standard student budgets. The monthly cost of living will depend on the monthly rent, which varies for these apartments. Students whose rent for university owned housing exceeds $1,387 will have the standard $2,638 off-campus monthly cost of living allowance.

Estimated Financial Aid Budget Totals

The chart below displays the total cost to attend UCSF by program and year. These totals are used to determine financial aid eligibility. The figures below do not include non-resident supplemental tuition which is $12,245 for Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Nursing Masters and $15,102 for all other programs.

Notes and additional information about the contents of this chart are listed below.

2016-2017 Estimated Student Budgets (Total Cost of Attendance)

The tuition and student services fees are currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved amounts (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown below.
School and Year Student Services
Fees & Tuition 1
Kit Costs 2 Loan Fee Books & Supplies 3 Commute Cost of Living 5 School-Year Total
Dental Programs
Dentistry 1
(9 months)
46606 12588 420 1284 0 23742 84640
Dentistry 2
(9 months)*
46606 7986 420 1113 0 23742 79867
Dentistry 3
(12 months)
51416 6633 420 547 1024 31656 91696
Dentistry 4
(12 months)*
51416 7464 420 850 2048 31656 93864
Dental Hygiene-Masters
(12 months)
38045 0 216 1150 0 31656 71067
International Dentist 3
(Begin Summer '16)
81000 19388 420 797 0 31656 133261
International Dentist 4
(Entered Summer '15)
78500 6075 420 323 0 31656 116975
Dental Postgraduate Programs (12 months unless noted)
Endodontics 1
(12 months)
23513 0 216 0 0 31656 55385
Endodontics 2
(12 months)
22163 0 216 0 0 31656 54035
Endodontics 3
(12 months)
22163 0 216 0 0 31656 54035
Orthodontics 1
(12 months)
23513 5000 216 7460 0 31656 67845
Orthodontics 2
(12 months)
22163 5000 216 5335 0 31656 64370
Orthodontics 3
(12 months)
22163 5000 216 4335 0 31656 63370
Pediatrics 1
(12 months)
23513 0 216 9000 0 31656 64385
Pediatrics 2
(12 months)
22163 0 216 9000 0 31656 63035
Pediatrics 3
(12 months)
22163 0 216 9000 0 31656 63035
Periodontology 1
(12 months)
23513 0 216 17200 0 31656 72585
Periodontology 2
(12 months)
22163 0 216 14500 0 31656 68535
Periodontology 3
(12 months)
22163 0 216 6750 0 31656 60785
Graduate Academic Programs
Graduate Academic
(9 months)
17310 0 216 390 0 23742 41658
Advanced Training-Clinical Research Masters
(10.5 months)
27000 0 216 0 0 27699 54915
Biomedical Imaging-Masters
(9 months)
34500 0 216 0 0 23742 58458
Global Health Sciences-Masters
(12 months)
42500 0 216 0 0 31656 74372
Healthcare Admin-Masters
(12 months)
48200 0 264 600 0 25560 74624
Health Policy Law-Masters (10 months) 41400 0 216 0 0 21300 62916
Translational Medicine-Masters
(10 months)
50115 0 216 700 0 26380 77411
Medical Programs
Medicine 1
(10 months)
38480 0 372 1744 0 26380 66976
Medicine 2
(10 months)*
38480 0 372 1646 552 26380 67430
Medicine 3
(12 months)*
43290 0 372 437 2224 31656 77979
Medicine 4
(11 months)*
43290 0 372 623 1896 29018 75199
Nursing Programs
Nursing MEPN
(12 months)
57750 0 216 1435 1044 31656 92101
Nursing Masters
(9 months)
27825 0 216 790 1044 23742 53617
Nurse Midwifery 1
(12 months)
32635 0 216 3028 1044 31656 68579
Nurse Midwifery 2
(12 months)
32635 0 216 1528 1044 31656 67079
Nursing Doctoral
(9 months)
17331 0 216 790 1044 23742 43123
Nursing Post Master's
(12 months)
33820 0 216 790 1044 31656 67526
Pharmacy Programs
Pharmacy 1
(9 months)
38154 0 300 699 0 23742 62895
Pharmacy 2
(9 months)
38154 0 300 300 0 23742 62548
Pharmacy 3
(9 months)
38154 0 300 268 0 23742 62464
Pharmacy 4
(9 months)
38083 0 216 267 0 4 23742 62392
Physical Therapy Programs
Physical Therapy 1
(11 months)
36388 0 216 1800 1208 29018 68630
Physical Therapy 2
(12 months)
33809 0 216 900 1208 31656 67789
Physical Therapy 3
(12 months)
33809 0 216 0 1208 30240 64507
Physical Therapy Doctor of Science
(9 months)
17427 0 216 800 0 22680 41123

1Tuition and student services fees are subject to change without notice. Does not include non-resident supplemental tuition which is $12,245 for Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy and Nursing Masters and $15,102 for all other programs.

2 Kit costs are for dental students only and are due with fee payments each quarter of the academic year.

3Books & Supplies for Medicine and Dentistry include:
Med2 - $600 Clinical Skills 1 
Med3 - $600 Clinical Knowledge 2 & $1,275 Clinical Skills 2 (exception: these amounts not included in b/s, added on per request basis)
Med4 - $340 Clinical Skills travel 
Dent2 - $420 National Boards 
Dent4 - $465 National Boards

4 Fourth-year Pharmacy students will receive a commute allowance based on the location of the rotation. San Francisco/South Bay - $1,044; North Bay/Outside Bay Area - $1,554.

5 These figures reflect food, transportation, personal, miscellaneous, medical and housing costs for students living in non-university, off-campus apartments. Students living in university-owned, off-campus apartments may have a lower cost of living.
 

Books and Supplies and Dental Kit

The Student Financial Aid Office (SFAO) obtains information on these costs from the individual professional school, student affairs offices and various online sources. If you have comments about book and supply or kit costs, contact your professional school or SFAO.

Transportation and Commute

A basic transportation allowance is included in the cost of living component of the student budget. An additional commute allowance is added for significant travel that is required by the curriculum.

Exceptions to the Standard Student Budget

Listed below is information about some allowable add-ons to the student budget used to determine financial aid eligibility. This is not an exclusive list. Therefore, students are encouraged to discuss their specific situations with Student Financial Aid staff before submitting a request. Budget exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis and subject to approval. Expenses must be under the student's name and incurred during the current school year.

Additional Housing Allowance

Students who pay more for rent and utilities than the standard off-campus housing allowance, may request a budget increase, but must present a compelling reason as to why less costly housing is not an option. Students should speak with an advisor before submitting a request. Please note that if approved, a budget increase for housing costs may be temporary. The amount of an approved additional housing allowance will all be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Child Care

Students may request financial aid to cover reasonable child care ("baby-sitting") costs (up to $1,200/month per child, maximum $2,400/month) for children age 12 and younger during periods when the student is enrolled. The agency or childcare provider must complete a Child Care Verification Form.  Students must document their childcare costs.

Medical and Dental Expenses

Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) provides primary health care, basic hospital, and major medical expense coverage through premiums included with registration fees.  Expenses not covered by SHCS, including some psychotherapy, can sometimes be added to a student's financial aid budget and funded with additional Federal Direct (Stafford) and/or Grad PLUS Loan funds. Costs must be reasonable and for medically necessary treatment.  Financial aid cannot cover cosmetic work, elective procedures deemed not medically necessary or treatment that can reasonably be postponed until after graduation (for example, elective orthodontic work).

To request additional funds for medical and dental expenses, an Expense Request Form must be submitted along with a letter from the health care provider, which indicates an estimate or actual cost of care and states that costs are not covered by insurance.

An optional health insurance plan for the student's spouse and children may be purchased though Student Health & Counseling. This coverage is expensive, so spouses should seek coverage through their employer.

Dental plans for students are available, including the UCSF School of Dentistry's clinic which offers low-cost preventive care. For more information, call the Preventive Dental Care Clinic, (415) 476-1891. Information on other dental plans can be obtained from Student Health and Counseling.

Computer Purchases

Students may receive loan funds to a maximum of $2,500 during all of their UCSF enrollment.  Printers and software are included in this maximum. An Expense Request Form and appropriate documentation must be submitted to request funding for computer purchases.

Licensure Expenses

Students may receive loan funds for their first professional licensure exam or certification. An Expense Request Form and appropriate documentation must be submitted to request funding for licensure exam.

Residency Expenses

Fourth year medical students may receive loan funds for some of the costs associated with residency interviews in a single disbursement. Allowable costs include application fees, transportation, and lodging. The loan will be certified after interviews are over. Only one loan request will be processed unless there are mitigating circumstances that make one application unfeasible. An Expense Request Form and paid receipts must be submitted to request funding for residency expenses.

Commute Expenses

Educational commute related expenses can be added to a student's budget. Not all programs qualify. Contact the Student Financial Aid Office for additional information. Submit an Expense Request Form and appropriate documentation to request for automobile expenses.

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