Student Budget
Student budget is the estimated average and reasonable cost of completing an academic year at UCSF. Your budget serves as the foundation for determining your financial need as well as the amount of qualified aid that can be offered to you.

Cost of Attendance 2019-20

Estimate Your Cost to Attend UCSF

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.

Note: The figures show a separate total for California non-residents, which includes the non-resident supplemental tuition amount for the applicable program.

Dental Programs

  • Dentistry 1
    Budget Category Amount
    Student Services Fee $1,128
    Tuition $11,442
    Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition $31,968
    Community Centers Facilities Fee $156
    Graduate & Professional Student Association $27
    Associated Students of the School of Dentistry $24
    Student Health & Counseling Supplemental Fee $150
    Student Health Insurance Premium $5,470
    Disability Insurance $55
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $50,420
    Cost of Living (9 months) $26,550
    Books & Supplies $942
    Loan Fees $420
    Dental Kit Costs $13,269
    California Resident Total $91,601
    Non-resident Supplemental Tuition $12,245
    California Non-resident Total $103,846
  • Dentistry 2
    Budget Category Amount
    Student Services Fee $1,128
    Tuition $11,442
    Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition $31,968
    Community Centers Facilities Fee $156
    Graduate & Professional Student Association $27
    Associated Students of the School of Dentistry $24
    Student Health & Counseling Supplemental Fee $150
    Student Health Insurance Premium $5,470
    Disability Insurance $55
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $50,420
    Cost of Living (9 months) $26,550
    Books & Supplies $627
    Loan Fees $420
    Dental Kit Costs $9,843
    California Resident Total $87,860
    Non-resident Supplemental Tuition $12,245
    California Non-resident Total $100,105
  • Dentistry 3
    Budget Category Amount
    Student Services Fee $1,128
    Tuition $15,336
    Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition $31,968
    Community Centers Facilities Fee $156
    Graduate & Professional Student Association $27
    Associated Students of the School of Dentistry $24
    Student Health & Counseling Supplemental Fee $150
    Student Health Insurance Premium $5,470
    Disability Insurance $55
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $54,314
    Cost of Living (12 months) $35,400
    Books & Supplies $772
    Externship Costs $1,076
    Loan Fees $420
    Dental Kit Costs $7,353
    California Resident Total $99,335
    Non-resident Supplemental Tuition $12,245
    California Non-resident Total $111,580
  • Dentistry 4
    Budget Category Amount
    Student Services Fee $1,128
    Tuition $15,336
    Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition $31,968
    Community Centers Facilities Fee $156
    Graduate & Professional Student Association $27
    Associated Students of the School of Dentistry $24
    Student Health & Counseling Supplemental Fee $150
    Student Health Insurance Premium $5,470
    Disability Insurance $55
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $54,314
    Cost of Living (12 months) $35,400
    Books & Supplies $928
    Externship Costs $2,152
    Loan Fees $420
    Dental Kit Costs $7,479
    California Resident Total $100,693
    Non-resident Supplemental Tuition $12,245
    California Non-resident Total $112,938
  • International Dentist 3
    Budget Category Amount
    Tuition $83,500
    Community Centers Facilities Fee $156
    Graduate & Professional Student Association $27
    Associated Students of the School of Dentistry $24
    Student Health & Counseling Supplemental Fee $150
    Student Health Insurance Premium $6,735
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $90,592
    Cost of Living (12 months) $35,400
    Books & Supplies $772
    Loan Fees $420
    Dental Kit Costs $19,148
    Total $146,332
  • International Dentist 4
    Budget Category Amount
    Tuition $83,500
    Community Centers Facilities Fee $156
    Graduate & Professional Student Association $27
    Associated Students of the School of Dentistry $24
    Student Health & Counseling Supplemental Fee $150
    Student Health Insurance Premium $5,470
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $89,327
    Cost of Living (12 months) $35,400
    Books & Supplies $1,416
    Loan Fees $420
    Dental Kit Costs $1,508
    Total $128,071

Dental Postgraduate Programs

  • Orthodontics 1

    TBD

  • Orthodontics 2

    TBD

  • Orthodontics 3

    TBD

  • Pediatric Dentistry 1

    TBD

  • Pediatric Dentistry 2

    TBD

  • Pediatric Dentistry 3

    TBD

  • Periodontology 1

    TBD

  • Periodontology 2

    TBD

  • Periodontology 3

    TBD

Graduate Academic Programs

  • Graduate Academic
    Budget Category Amount
    Tuition $11,442
    Community Centers Facilities Fee $156
    Graduate & Professional Student Association $27
    Associated Students of the Graduate Division $36
    Student Health & Counseling Supplemental Fee $150
    Student Health Insurance Premium $5,470
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $18,409
    Cost of Living (9 months) $26,550
    Books & Supplies $390
    Loan Fees $216
    California Resident Total $45,565
    Non-resident Supplemental Tuition $15,102
    California Non-resident Total $60,667
  • Advanced Training Clincal Research - Master's

    TBD

  • Biomedical Imaging - Master's
    Budget Category Amount
    Tuition $39,938
    Community Centers Facilities Fee $156
    Student Health & Counseling Supplemental Fee $150
    Student Health Insurance Premium $5,470
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $45,714
    Cost of Living (9 months) $26,550
    Loan Fees $216
    Total $72,480
  • Global Health Sciences - Master's

    TBD

  • Global Health Sciences - Master's (Summer)
    Budget Category Amount
    Tuition $10,332
    Student Health & Counseling Supplemental Fee $48
    Student Health Insurance Premium $1,265
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $11,645
    Cost of Living (2 months) $5,900
    Loan Fees $54
    Total $17,599
  • Global Health Sciences - PhD

    TBD

  • Healthcare Admin - Master's
    Budget Category Amount
    Tuition $53,040
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $53,040
    Cost of Living (12 months) $35,400
    Books & Supplies $600
    Loan Fees $216
    Total $89,256
  • Health Policy Law - Master's
    Budget Category Amount
    Tuition $45,238
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $45,238
    Cost of Living (10 months) $29,500
    Loan Fees $216
    Total $74,954
  • Translational Medicine - Master's
    Budget Category Amount
    Student Services Fee $1,128
    Tuition $11,442
    Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition $34,464
    Community Centers Facilities Fee $156
    Graduate & Professional Student Association $27
    Associated Students of the School of Medicine $39
    Student Health & Counseling Supplemental Fee $150
    Student Health Insurance Premium $5,470
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $52,876
    Cost of Living (10 months) $29,500
    Books & Supplies $702
    Loan Fees $216
    California Resident Total $83,294
    Non-resident Supplemental Tuition $12,245
    California Non-resident Total $95,539

Medical Programs

  • Medicine 1
    Budget Category Amount
    Student Services Fee $1,128
    Tuition $11,442
    Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition $23,079
    Community Centers Facilities Fee $156
    Graduate & Professional Student Association $27
    Associated Students of the School of Medicine $39
    Student Health & Counseling Supplemental Fee $150
    Student Health Insurance Premium $5,470
    Disability Insurance $41
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $41,532
    Cost of Living (10 months) $29,500
    Books & Supplies $600
    Commute Costs $795
    Loan Fees $360
    California Resident Total $72,787
    Non-resident Supplemental Tuition $12,245
    California Non-resident Total $85,032
  • Medicine 2
    Budget Category Amount
    Student Services Fee $1,128
    Tuition $11,442
    Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition $23,079
    Community Centers Facilities Fee $156
    Graduate & Professional Student Association $27
    Associated Students of the School of Medicine $39
    Student Health & Counseling Supplemental Fee $150
    Student Health Insurance Premium $5,470
    Disability Insurance $41
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $41,532
    Cost of Living (10 months) $29,500
    Books & Supplies $600
    Commute Costs $1,200
    Loan Fees $360
    USMLE Step 1 $600
    California Resident Total $73,792
    Non-resident Supplemental Tuition $12,245
    California Non-resident Total $86,037
  • Medicine 3
    Budget Category Amount
    Student Services Fee $1,128
    Tuition $15,336
    Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition $23,079
    Community Centers Facilities Fee $156
    Graduate & Professional Student Association $27
    Associated Students of the School of Medicine $39
    Student Health & Counseling Supplemental Fee $198
    Student Health Insurance Premium $5,470
    Disability Insurance $41
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $45,474
    Cost of Living (12 months) $35,400
    Books & Supplies $600
    Commute Costs $2,000
    Loan Fees $360
    California Resident Total $83,834
    Non-resident Supplemental Tuition $12,245
    California Non-resident Total $96,079
  • Medicine 4
    Budget Category Amount
    Student Services Fee $1,128
    Tuition $15,336
    Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition $23,079
    Community Centers Facilities Fee $156
    Graduate & Professional Student Association $27
    Associated Students of the School of Medicine $39
    Student Health & Counseling Supplemental Fee $198
    Student Health Insurance Premium $5,470
    Disability Insurance $41
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $45,474
    Cost of Living (11 months) $32,450
    Books & Supplies $300
    Commute Costs $1,400
    Loan Fees $360
    CS Travel Costs $340
    California Resident Total $80,324
    Non-resident Supplemental Tuition $12,245
    California Non-resident Total $92,569
  • Transitioning JMP [1]
    Budget Category Amount
    Student Services Fee $752
    Tuition $7,628
    Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition $15,386
    Community Centers Facilities Fee $104
    Graduate & Professional Student Association $18
    Associated Students of the School of Medicine $26
    Student Health & Counseling Supplemental Fee $100
    Student Health Insurance Premium $3,646
    Disability Insurance $31
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $27,691
    Cost of Living (6 months) $17,700
    Books & Supplies $400
    Commute Costs $800
    Loan Fees $240
    California Resident Total $46,831
    Non-resident Supplemental Tuition $7,628
    California Non-resident Total $54,994

[1] JMP students who will be transitioning from UC Berkeley to UCSF for the Winter term 2020

Nursing Programs

  • Nursing MEPN
    Budget Category Amount
    Tuition $66,520
    Community Centers Facilities Fee $156
    Graduate & Professional Student Association $27
    Associated Students of the School of Nursing $21
    Student Health & Counseling Supplemental Fee $198
    Student Health Insurance Premium $6,735
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $73,657
    Cost of Living (12 months) $35,400
    Books & Supplies $1,120
    Commute Costs $1,044
    Loan Fees $216
    Nursing Kit Costs $100
    Total $111,537
  • Nursing Master's
    Budget Category Amount
    Student Services Fee $1,128
    Tuition $11,442
    Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition $12,186
    Community Centers Facilities Fee $156
    Graduate & Professional Student Association $27
    Associated Students of the School of Nursing $21
    Student Health & Counseling Supplemental Fee $150
    Student Health Insurance Premium $5,470
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $30,580
    Cost of Living (9 months) $26,550
    Books & Supplies $789
    Commute Costs $1,044
    Loan Fees $216
    California Resident Total $59,179
    Non-resident Supplemental Tuition $12,245
    California Non-resident Total $71,424
  • Nursing Doctoral
    Budget Category Amount
    Student Services Fee $1,128
    Tuition $11,442
    Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition $12,186
    Community Centers Facilities Fee $156
    Graduate & Professional Student Association $27
    Associated Students of the School of Nursing $21
    Student Health & Counseling Supplemental Fee $150
    Student Health Insurance Premium $5,470
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $30,580
    Cost of Living (9 months) $26,550
    Books & Supplies $789
    Commute Costs $1,044
    Loan Fees $216
    California Resident Total $59,179
    Non-resident Supplemental Tuition $12,245
    California Non-resident Total $71,424
  • Nurse Midwifery 1
    Budget Category Amount
    Student Services Fee $1,128
    Tuition $11,442
    Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition $12,186
    Community Centers Facilities Fee $156
    Graduate & Professional Student Association $27
    Associated Students of the School of Nursing $21
    Student Health & Counseling Supplemental Fee $150
    Student Health Insurance Premium $5,470
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $30,580
    Cost of Living (9 months) $26,550
    Books & Supplies $1,029
    Commute Costs $1,044
    Conference Costs $1,500
    Malpractice Insurance $500
    Loan Fees $216
    California Resident Total $61,419
    Non-resident Supplemental Tuition $12,245
    California Non-resident Total $73,664
  • Nurse Midwifery 2
    Budget Category Amount
    Student Services Fee $1,128
    Tuition $1,442
    Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition $12,186
    Community Centers Facilities Fee $156
    Graduate & Professional Student Association $27
    Associated Students of the School of Nursing $21
    Student Health & Counseling Supplemental Fee $150
    Student Health Insurance Premium $5,470
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $30,580
    Cost of Living (12 months) $35,400
    Books & Supplies $1,350
    Commute Costs $1,044
    Malpractice Insurance $500
    Loan Fees $216
    California Resident Total $72,984
    Non-resident Supplemental Tuition $12,245
    California Non-resident Total $85,229
  • Nurse Midwifery 3
    Budget Category Amount
    Tuition $3,894
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $3,894
    Cost of Living (3 months) $8,850
    Loan Fees $149
    Total $12,893
  • Nuring Post-Master's
    Budget Category Amount
    Student Services Fee $6,342
    Tuition $20,292
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $26,634
    Cost of Living (9 months) $26,550
    Books & Supplies $789
    Commute Costs $1,044
    Loan Fees $216
    Total $55,233
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice 1
    Budget Category Amount
    Tuition $9,120
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $9,120
    Cost of Living (3 months) $8,850
    Books & Supplies $300
    Commute Costs $1,500
    Loan Fees $54
    Total $19,824
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice 2
    Budget Category Amount
    Tuition $36,480
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $36,480
    Cost of Living (12 months) $35,400
    Books & Supplies $1,200
    Commute Costs $1,500
    Loan Fees $216
    Total $74,796
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice 3
    Budget Category Amount
    Tuition $18,240
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $18,240
    Cost of Living (6 months) $17,700
    Books & Supplies $600
    Loan Fees $108
    Total $36,648

Pharmacy Programs - Students entering 2018 and beyond

  • Pharmacy 1
    Budget Category Amount
    Student Services Fee $1,208
    Tuition $15,276
    Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition $30,352
    Community Centers Facilities Fee $156
    Graduate & Professional Student Association $27
    Associated Students of the School of Pharmacy $45
    Student Health & Counseling Supplemental Fee $150
    Student Health Insurance Premium $5,127
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $52,341
    Cost of Living (11 months) $32,450
    Books & Supplies $832
    Loan Fees $360
    California Resident Total $85,983
    Non-resident Supplemental Tuition $12,245
    California Non-resident Total $98,228
  • Pharmacy 2
    Budget Category Amount
    Student Services Fee $1,208
    Tuition $15,276
    Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition $30,352
    Community Centers Facilities Fee $156
    Graduate & Professional Student Association $27
    Associated Students of the School of Pharmacy $45
    Student Health & Counseling Supplemental Fee $150
    Student Health Insurance Premium $5,470
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $52,684
    Cost of Living (12 months) $35,400
    Books & Supplies $468
    Loan Fees $360
    California Resident Total $88,912
    Non-resident Supplemental Tuition $12,245
    California Non-resident Total $101,157

Pharmacy Programs - Students entering 2017 and before

  • Pharmacy 3
    Budget Category Amount
    Student Services Fee $1,128
    Tuition $11,442
    Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition $22,764
    Community Centers Facilities Fee $156
    Graduate & Professional Student Association $27
    Associated Students of the School of Pharmacy $45
    Student Health & Counseling Supplemental Fee $150
    Student Health Insurance Premium $5,470
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $41,180
    Cost of Living (9 months) $26,550
    Books & Supplies $267
    Loan Fees $300
    California Resident Total $68,299
    Non-resident Supplemental Tuition $12,245
    California Non-resident Total $80,544
  • Pharmacy 4
    Budget Category Amount
    Student Services Fee $1,128
    Tuition $1,542
    Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition $22,764
    Community Centers Facilities Fee $104
    Graduate & Professional Student Association $27
    Associated Students of the School of Pharmacy $45
    Student Health & Counseling Supplemental Fee $100
    Student Health Insurance Premium $5,470
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $41,180
    Cost of Living (9 months) $26,550
    Books & Supplies $267
    Loan Fees $270
    California Resident Total $68,267
    Non-resident Supplemental Tuition $8,164
    California Non-resident Total $76,431

Physical Therapy Programs

  • Physical Therapy 1
    Budget Category Amount
    Student Services Fee $1,128
    Tuition $15,336
    Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition $12,975
    Community Centers Facilities Fee $156
    Graduate & Professional Student Association $27
    Associated Students of Physical Therapy $6
    Student Health & Counseling Supplemental Fee $150
    Student Health Insurance Premium $6,735
    WeID $36
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $36,549
    Cost of Living (11 months) $32,450
    Books & Supplies $700
    Commute Costs $1,208
    Loan Fees $216
    California Resident Total $71,123
    Non-resident Supplemental Tuition $12,245
    California Non-resident Total $83,368
  • Physical Therapy 2
    Budget Category Amount
    Student Services Fee $1,128
    Tuition $15,254
    Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition $12,975
    Community Centers Facilities Fee $156
    Graduate & Professional Student Association $27
    Associated Students of Physical Therapy $6
    Student Health & Counseling Supplemental Fee $150
    Student Health Insurance Premium $5,470
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $35,166
    Cost of Living (12 months) $35,400
    Books & Supplies $520
    Commute Costs $1,208
    Loan Fees $216
    California Resident Total $72,510
    Non-resident Supplemental Tuition $12,245
    California Non-resident Total $84,755
  • Physical Therapy 3
    Budget Category Amount
    Student Services Fee $1,128
    Tuition $15,254
    Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition $12,975
    Community Centers Facilities Fee $156
    Graduate & Professional Student Association $27
    Associated Students of Physical Therapy $6
    Student Health & Counseling Supplemental Fee $150
    Student Health Insurance Premium $5,470
    Estimated Fees Subtotal $35,166
    Cost of Living (12 months) $35,400
    Books & Supplies $428
    Commute Costs $1,208
    Loan Fees $216
    California Resident Total $72,418
    Non-resident Supplemental Tuition $12,245
    California Non-resident Total $84,663

Post Baccalaureate Programs

  • Medicine PostBac

    TBD

  • Dental PostBac

    TBD

  • Pharmacy PostBac

    TBD

Exceptions to the Standard Student Budget

Below are examples of some allowable add-ons to the student budget. 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. Complete the Student Budget Appeal Form for consideration and provide applicable documentation to be considered.

Complete Student Budget Appeal Form

  • 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 costs up to $1,700/month per child, with a maximum of $3,400/month for two or more children age 12 and younger during periods when the student is enrolled. It is expected that no child care expenses are needed for a student who has a spouse that is not working or in school.
  • 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). When submitting the Budget Appeal, include 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.
  • 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.
  • Licensure Expenses
    Dental, pharmacy, or physical therapy students can apply for additional loan money to cover no more than one licensure exam cost for their first professional license or certification. That includes WREB for dental students, NAPLEX for pharmacy students, and NPTE for physical therapy students. Proof of payment is required.
  • Residency Interview Expenses
    Medical students in their final year 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. Receipts may be requested after the fact for verification purposes or if an additional request for funding is made.
  • Commute Expenses
    Educational commute related expenses can be added to a student's budget. Not all programs qualify. Transportation cost estimates applicable to each school, curriculum and level are built into the budgets.

Monthly 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. The off-campus allowance assumes shared housing costs.

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 cannot be included.

  Off Campus With Parents or Relatives
Food $602 $602
Housing (plus utilities)* $1,820 $0
Transportation $165 $165
Personal/Miscellaneous $363 $363
Total $2,950 $1,130

*Utilities portion is $141

Housing Circumstances

  • Living with a 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 costs for children age 12 and younger for periods when the student is enrolled and the spouse is employed or in school.
  • Living as a Single Parent
    Single parents are normally expected to support their children through earnings, savings, child support, and other existing resources. If sufficient funds are not available from these sources, an exception will be considered to include dependent care costs in the student's budget. Single parents must provide information and documentation of all expenses. They may wish to seek assistance from public assistance programs and other housing and food security solutions.
  • 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 $1,130 (excluding fees, tuition, books and supplies) for students living with a parent or other relatives. Budgets may be adjusted once housing situations are finalized. This is a great cost saving measure which will reduce total debt after graduation.
  • Living in University-Owned Housing
    Most students living in University-owned apartments will usually 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 $1,679 will have the standard $2,950 off-campus monthly cost of living allowance.

Previous Academic Year Budgets