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University of California--Santa Cruz

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Tuition & Aid
Bottom line

Nearly 16,000 students are enrolled at the university, with almost everyone originally from California, and the student population is split evenly between residents and commuters. Room and board is $14,800 per year. Required fees are $1,200; books and supplies will come to an additional $1,400. Out-of-state tuition is approximately $35,000.
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Visiting And Contact Information

Office of Admissions, Cook House

1156 High Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95064

United States

Phone: 831-459-4008

Fax: 831-459-4452


Expenses per Academic Year
In-State Tuition:$12,192
Out-of-State Tuition:$35,070
On-Campus Room and Board:$14,856
Average Cost for Books and Supplies:$1,407
Required Fees:$1,224
Other Expenses:$1,558
Estimate Transportation for Commuters (living at home):$1,683.00
Estimate Transportation for Commuters (not living at home):$1,365.00
Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study:No

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Financial Aid Statistics
Financial Aid Rating: 74
Freshman receiving any financial aid:59%
Undergraduates receiving any financial aid:56%
Average Percent of Need Met:89%
Average Total Financial Aid Package:$16,254
Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid:$12,009
Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid:$11,448
Average Need-Based Loan:$5,454
Average amount of loan debt per graduate:$16,024
Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program:52%

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Available Aid
Financial Aid Methodology Used:Federal and Institutional
Scholarships and Grants:Federal Pell
State Scholarships / Grants
Private Scholarships
College / University Scholarships
Federal Direct Student Loan Programs:Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
Direct PLUS Loans
Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFEL):Federal Perkins Loans
Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study):Yes
Direct Lender:Yes

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Financial Aid for International Students
Financial Aid Policy for International Students:Institutional scholarship or grant aid is not available
Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Aid:$0.00

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Financial Aid Application Process
Regular Financial Aid Application Deadline:03/02
Freshman Financial Aid Notification Date:Rolling Basis
Notification Begins:04/01
Required Forms:FAFSA
State aid form
    Other:CA Student Adi Commission GPA verification form for CA residents
Financial Aid Office Phone Number:831-459-2963

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