University of California, RiversideUCR

How Much Does UCR Cost?  


Federal School Code: 001316


How Much Does UCR Cost?  

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UC Riverside offers you an excellent learning environment, a diverse student body, talented faculty, and a beautiful campus…all at an affordable price! The university was ranked among America's top "25 best college buys" by Forbes Magazine in 2009.

While enrolled at UC Riverside, you can expect expenses associated with fees, Undergraduate Student Health Insurance Premium (USHIP), books and supplies, housing, food, travel, and miscellaneous items. These costs may vary widely depending on personal factors, like where you live while you're in school, whether you have children, and how much you spend on personal expenses. UCR uses average student expenses to estimate the cost of attendance for students in various categories. Your actual costs may vary.

Below you can find more information on how much it costs to attend UCR along with ways to reduce costs so you can cover all your expenses during the academic year.

2015 – 2016 Estimated Costs for Undergraduates


With Parents

Residence Halls/Glen Mor

Campus  Apartments

Off Campus

Tuition and Fees*





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*USHIP= $1,653: Undergraduate fees including USHIP= $15,180.24; fees if USHIP is waived= $13,527.24

Non-Resident Tuition and Fees: $39,205 Undergraduates ($15,181 Tuition and Fees + $24,024 Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition)      

The tuition, fees, and charges posted here are estimates based on 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 State funding reductions.  Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus a student’s final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

If you incur additional school-related expenses during the current academic year above your budget, you may request a budget increase. Budget increases are considered on a case-by-case basis and are funded with loans. To request a budget increase for the following expenses, please complete the applicable section of the Budget Increase Request  form:

• Computer purchase
• Major Car Repair Expenses (not covered by insurance)
• Medical/ Dental/ Optical Costs

To request a budget increase for child care expenses for your dependent child/children, please print the Child Care Verification Form, complete it with your child care provider, and submit it to the Financial Aid Office. You may contact the Financial Aid Office if you have other school-related expenses not listed here.



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Learn About Basic Costs

Basic costs include University of California tuition and student sevices fees and campus-based fees for activities and facilities. Students who are not California residents must pay non-resident tuition and fees. The amount of your tuition and fees is based on the following factors: Undergraduate or graduate status, professional student status (i.e., M.B.A. or medical school), and California residency status. Find more info on tuition and fees.

Students enrolled in Summer Session will be charged on a per course basis according to the fee schedules published in the Summer Session Catalog.

Live in UCR Housing

UCR offers on-campus housing in residence halls and campus apartments. Apartments are available for undergraduate and graduate students, and family student housing is available for married students and students with children. Students in the residence halls have a housing contract that includes room and board. Some campus apartments include the cost of utilities in monthly lease rates. For more information on campus housing, contact the Housing Office at (951) 827-6350.

Pay Your Fees

The Student Business Services Office sends all students a monthly Statement of Account, which includes all fees due and any other outstanding institutional charges. Tuition and fees may be paid by mail or in-person at UCR's Main Cashier's Office, located in the Student Services Building. Tuition and fees must be paid by the fee payment deadlines in order to avoid a $50 late fee and loss of classes for the quarter.

For 2015-16, the deadline to pay fees each quarter is as follows:

  • Fall: September 15, 2015
  • Winter: December 15, 2015
  • Spring: March 13, 2016

Other charges are due within 30 days of the date they appear on the monthly Statement of Account.

Institutional charges may be paid in cash, with a check, by eCheck or by credit card via GROWL. American Express, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards are accepted for payment to student accounts via the Web. (Visa cards are not accepted.) A nonrefundable convenience fee is assessed for using this payment method. The Cashiers Office is not able to take any credit card payments at its counter.

Defer Payments

A Deferred Payment Plan (DPP) is available to students who wish to pay fees and tuition in three monthly installments each quarter. The DPP program may cover the difference between fees and tuition, and any grants, scholarships, and waivers credited towards fees for the quarter. DPP is not available to cover UCR Extension courses. There is an application fee for participation in this program. For more information on the Deferred Payment Program and an application, visit Student Business Services, part of the Highlander One-Stop Shop (HOSS) located on the first floor of the Student Services Building.

Set a Budget

One of the important things to learn while you are in school is how to manage your money. Establishing a budget permits you to identify what your monthly or quarterly income will be and what your anticipated expenses are. If your expenses are greater than your resources, you will need to look at options for cutting your costs or supplementing your income. Suggestions may include getting a part-time job during the school year or a summer job, sharing expenses with one or more roommates, finding an apartment with lower rent, conserving on utilities, limiting the amount that you eat out, and spending less on clothes, personal costs, and entertainment. Plan a budget to ensure you have enough money to pay for tuition/fees, housing, food and other personal expenses.

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More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

UCR Financial Aid Office
900 University Ave.

Tel: 951-827-3878
Fax: 951-827-5619
E-mail: finaid@ucr.edu