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 2018-19

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 do not include non-resident supplemental tuition which is $12,245 for Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Nursing Master's and $15,102 for all other programs.

Dental Programs

SCHOOL AND YEAR STUDENT SERVICES FEES & TUITION KIT COSTS LOAN FEE BOOKS & SUPPLIES COMMUTE COST OF LIVING SCHOOL-YEAR TOTAL
Dentistry 1 (9 months) $44,207 $14,031 $420 $923 $0 $26,100 $85,681
Dentistry 2 (9 months) $44,207 $9,888 $420 $613 $0 $26,100 $81,228
Dentistry 3 (12 months) $49,513 $9,081 $420 $754 $1,054 $34,800 $95,622
Dentistry 4 (12 months) $49,513 $10,353 $420 $1,387 $2,109 $34,800 $98,582
Dental Hygiene-Master's (12 months) $34,595 $0 $216 $500 $0 $34,800 $70,111
International Dentist 3 (12 months) $77,183 $21,264 $420 $754 $0 $34,800 $134,421
International Dentist 4 (12 months) $75,940 $8,748 $420 $1,387 $0 $34,800 $121,295

 

Dental Postgraduate Programs

SCHOOL AND YEAR STUDENT SERVICES FEES & TUITION KIT COSTS LOAN FEE BOOKS & SUPPLIES COMMUTE COST OF LIVING SCHOOL-YEAR TOTAL
Endodontics 1 (12 months) $17,880 $0 $216 $0 $0 $34,800 $52,896
Endodontics 2 (12 months) $17,880 $0 $216 $0 $0 $34,800 $52,896
Endodontics 3 (12 months) $17,880 $0 $216 $0 $0 $34,800 $52,896
Orthodontics 1 (12 months) $17,880 $5,000 $216 $7,460 $0 $34,800 $65,356
Orthodontics 2 (12 months) $17,880 $5,000 $216 $5,335 $0 $34,800 $63,231
Orthodontics 3 (12 months) $17,880 $5,000 $216 $4,335 $0 $34,800 $63,231
Pediatrics 1 (12 months) $17,880 $0 $216 $9,000 $0 $34,800 $61,896
Pediatrics 2 (12 months) $17,880 $0 $216 $9,000 $0 $34,800 $61,896
Pediatrics 3 (12 months) $17,880 $0 $216 $9,000 $0 $34,800 $61,896
Periodontology 1 (12 months $17,880 $0 $216 $17,200 $0 $34,800 $70,096
Periodontology 2 (12 months $17,880 $0 $216 $14,500 $0 $34,800 $67,396
Periodontology 3 (12 months $17,880 $0 $216 $6,750 $0 $34,800 $59,646

 

Graduate Academic Programs

SCHOOL AND YEAR STUDENT SERVICES FEES & TUITION KIT COSTS LOAN FEE BOOKS & SUPPLIES COST OF LIVING SCHOOL-YEAR TOTAL
Graduate Academic (9 months) $13,184 $0 $216 $390 $26,100 $39,890
Advanced Training Clinical Research - Master's (10.5 months) $27,000 $0 $216 $0 $30,450 $57,666
Biomedical Imaging - Master's $31,196 $0 $216 $0 $26,100 $57,512
Global Health Sciences (9 months) $29,750 $0 $216 $0 $26,100 $56,066
Healthcare Admin - Master's $51,480 $0 $216 $600 $34,800 $87,096
Health Policy Law - Master's $42,642 $0 $216 $0 $29,000 $71,858
Translational Medicine - Master's $47,642 $0 $216 $700 $29,000 $77,558

 

Medical Programs

SCHOOL AND YEAR STUDENT SERVICES FEES & TUITION HEALTH INSURANCE LOAN FEE BOOKS & SUPPLIES COMMUTE COST OF LIVING SCHOOL-YEAR TOTAL
Medicine 1 (10 months) $35,685 $5,060 $360 $600 $800 $29,000 $71,505
Medicine 2 (10 months) $35,649 $5,060 $360 $600 $1,200 $29,000 $71,869
Medicine 3 (12 months) $40,955 $5,060 $360 $600 $2,200 $34,800 $83,975
Medicine 4 (11 months) $40,955 $5,060 $360 $300 $1,600 $31,900 $80,175

JMP students pay fees for Winter and Spring quarters of their transition year, in line with “Medicine 3A” students who are in their second year of enrollment, (but JMP students will begin the Winter term in January). This equates to a budget of $45,807, of which $26,967 is for fees, tuition, and Health Insurance. JMP student budgets match the third year and fourth year students unless a Leave of Absence is taken for a term for research or other reasons.

Nursing Programs

SCHOOL AND YEAR STUDENT SERVICES FEES & TUITION KIT COSTS LOAN FEE BOOKS & SUPPLIES COMMUTE COST OF LIVING SCHOOL-YEAR TOTAL
Nursing MEPN (12 months) $57,544 $100 $216 $1,120 $1,044 $34,800 $94,824
Nursing Master's (9 months) $24,776 $0 $216 $790 $1,044 $26,100 $52,926
Nursing Doctoral (9 months) $13,205 $0 $216 $790 $1,044 $26,100 $41,355
Nurse Midwifery 1 (9 months) $24,776 $0 $216 $3,028 $1,044 $26,100 $55,164
Nurse Midwifery 2 (12 months) $30,082 $0 $216 $2,027 $1,044 $34,800 $68,169
Nurse Midwifery 3 (3 months) $5,306 $0 $147 $0 $0 $8,700 $14,153
Nursing Post-Master's (9 months) $26,634 $0 $216 $790 $1,044 $26,100 $54,784
Doctor of Nursing Practice 1 (3 months) $8,855 $0 $72 $300 $1,500 $8,700 $19,427
Doctor of Nursing Practice 2 (12 months) $35,420 $0 $216 $1,200 $1,500 $34,800 $73,136

 

Pharmacy Programs

SCHOOL AND YEAR STUDENT SERVICES FEES & TUITION KIT COSTS LOAN FEE BOOKS & SUPPLIES COMMUTE COST OF LIVING SCHOOL-YEAR TOTAL
Pharmacy 1 (10 months) $46,576 $0 $300 $830 $0 $29,000 $76,706
Pharmacy 2 (9 months) $35,294 $0 $300 $352 $0 $26,100 $62,046
Pharmacy 3 (9 months) $35,294 $0 $300 $268 $0 $26,100 $61,962
Pharmacy 4 (9 months) $35,229 $0 $300 $267 $0 $26,100 $61,896

 

Physical Therapy Programs

SCHOOL AND YEAR STUDENT SERVICES FEES & TUITION KIT COSTS LOAN FEE BOOKS & SUPPLIES COMMUTE COST OF LIVING SCHOOL-YEAR TOTAL
Physical Therapy 1 (11 months) $31,435 $0 $216 $700 $1,208 $31,900 $65,459
Physical Therapy 2 (12 months) $29,939 $0 $216 $520 $1,208 $34,800 $66,683
Physical Therapy 3 (12 months) $29,939 $0 $216 $427 $1,208 $34,800 $66,590
Physical Therapy Doctor of Science (9 months) $17,427 $0 $216 $800 $0 $22,680 $41,123

 

Post Baccalaureate Programs

PROGRAM TUITION & FEES STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE COST OF LIVING LOAN FEES TOTAL
Medicine PostBac (9 months) $14,906 $5,154 $29,000 $216 $49,276
Dental PostBac (9 months) $14,832 $4,630 $29,000 $216 $48,678
Pharmacy PostBac (9 months) $14,756 $4,020 $29,000 $216 $47,992

 

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 W/ PARENT OR RELATIVES
Food                                                              $578                             $578
Housing (plus utilities)*                                    $1,814 $0
Transportation $145 $145
Personal/Miscellaneous $363 $363
Total $2,900 $1,086

*Utilities portion is $135

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 $1,086 (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 $2,900 off-campus monthly cost of living allowance.