Tuition & Aid

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Learn About Tuition and Financial Aid

Earning a degree from UCLA — a globally respected university where you’re counted amongst the best and brightest — is a proven investment in your future. Your time here will positively impact the path you take throughout your life. And pursuing this valuable education is more affordable than you may think.


Best Value Colleges

Forbes (2019)

of students pay no tuition

Understand Tuition and Other Costs

This may surprise you, but most families pay less than the full price and many pay no tuition at all. We offer an array of housing options and meal plans — as well as financial aid for housing — so you have flexibility as to how much you pay.

In addition, we offer payment plans for tuition and housing so families can make smaller, regular payments throughout the year instead of larger, lump-sum payments.

Figures for system-wide tuition and fees represent currently approved amounts and may not be final. Actual system-wide tuition and fees are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California. Final approved 2021-22 tuition and fee levels may be higher or lower than the amounts presented.

Last updated on June 2, 2021.

Estimated Costs
Tuition and fees* $13,258 $13,258
Room and meals** $16,763 $16,763
Books and supplies $1,404 $1,404
Transportation $606 $606
Personal $1,467 $1,467
Health Insurance*** $2,799 $2,799
Non-resident supplemental tuition $29,754
TOTAL $36,297 $66,051

*Undergraduate tuition and fees are the same regardless of degree program. See the Registrar’s Annual Fees for a specific breakdown of fees.

**Housing costs may vary, depending on room type and meal plan chosen.

***Waived if proof of insurance is provided.


A headshot of UCLA student Dreama Rhodes

It’s easy for students to automatically rule out top-tier institutions because they assume they will not be able to afford it … But after applying for financial aid and scholarships, I realized college was an attainable goal. Granted, I did not think I would ever attend a school as prestigious as UCLA, but I’m glad I had the courage to apply after all.


Economic Mobility among elite colleges

The New York Times (2018)

low- and middle-income student enrollment among elite colleges

The New York Times (2017)

Learn About Financial Aid and Scholarships

Thanks to numerous financial aid options, like grants, scholarships and low-income loans, your education can be affordable. And the skills you acquire, combined with UCLA’s strong reputation, will give your degree lasting value and put you on track for a rewarding career.

Important Financial Aid Deadlines

October 1

Financial aid application opens. Submit your FAFSA or CA Dream Act application — you don’t have to be admitted before you can apply for aid.

March 2

Deadline for applicants to submit FAFSA or CA Dream Act application



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