The total cost of attendance at University of California-Davis is
(which includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses)
In order to be eligible for need-based aid, students need to fill out the FAFSA or the California Dream Act Application. Students who are eligible for this type of financial aid will receive it in the form of grants, loans, or work-study. Scholarships within the university are mostly academic and merit-based, but students can apply for outside scholarship opportunities and departmental scholarships as desired. Prospective students should take advantage of a useful page on UCD’s website with scholarship application tips including help with writing a personal statement and searching for outside scholarships. Grants are another way that students can help pay for their education. These include university grants, federal grants (such as the Pell and SEOG grants), and state grants including the Cal A and B awards, the CA Chafee Grant for foster youth, or the CA Law Enforcement Dependents Grant Program. Students may also be eligible for federal student and parent loans. Check out UCD’s Before You Borrow page to learn more about student loans and alternatives. Emergency or short-term loans with varying limits, eligibility terms, and payback guidelines are available to students, as well.
The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program is a program providing financial assistance to students in exchange for work. Students generally work on-campus, but some off-campus work may be available. You can check out the work-study FAQs for more information. If you are an international student, you may be eligible for the Institutional Work-Study program These opportunities are available on a need-basis for international students. In order to be considered, students should fill out the institution application must be filled out and submitted along with the California Dream Act Application and after meeting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) eligibility requirements. An additional resource for students is the Aggie Job Link which helps connect work-study and non-work study students with jobs to help supplement the cost of their educational and living expenses.
Additional Special Financial Aid Programs
Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan eligible California families with an annual income of up to $60,000 covers base tuition and fees; in order to be eligible, students must submit a Cal Grant GPA verification form to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) as part of the application process (applies to first year students only)
The Aggie Grant Plan is a state grant for students whose family incomes range between $80,000 and $120,000 and whose parent assets are below $200,000 (excluding their homes) that provides up to 30% of their base tuition and fees.
The Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) Program is another California educational funding opportunity for UCD students providing need-based scholarships to families with an income of up to $177,000 (with maximum household asset of $177,000). Awards are provided on a sliding scale basis and up to
UCD provides financial assistance opportunities to students who are parents. The first is the Student Parent Child Care Funding Program offered by the Worklife & Wellness Office in conjunction with the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. Grants are provided to help mee the costs of child care for these students. Another opportunity that is offered for parents who are students at UCD are loans to help with childcare costs. In order to apply for these, students will need to submit an Alternate Budget Request Form annually.
Students can request financial assistance through the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). Students with cognitive disabilities may be eligible. Eligibility requirements include being eligible to receive financial aid (as determined by the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application) and recommended for cognitive disability testing by an off-campus examiner.
The Alan Pattee Scholarship Act Tuition Waiver may be another option to help pay for your education if you are a surviving child or spouse, who lost that parent or spouse in the line of duty. You must meet certain requirements for assistance.
There are many opportunities for students to receive aid and scholarships to help subsidize the cost of their educational endeavors. To help you better understand how financial aid packages work, students can check out these helpful student financial aid examples.
Students with special requirements or situations are also able to receive financial assistance and referrals. Students who are veterans should check out the Veterans Educational Benefits Page. Students may also look at the potential for summer aid or the possibility of financial aid for studying abroad.
Financial Literacy: Aggie Blue to Gold Financial Wellness
The Aggie Blue to Gold Financial Wellness Program is UCD’s financial literacy program.
Here, students can get help with budgeting topics, managing student loans, managing debt, and access to Cash Course where even more help exists. Financial literacy can be tested with quizzes, budgeting calculators can help plan, and useful tools can help students learn how to be financially responsible. Peer advisors are also available for students to receive 1:1 guidance and help get financial-related questions answered. Aggie Blue to Gold Financial Wellness Program provides outreach and workshops while recognizing financial literacy month in April each year. Students who may be experiencing an economic crisis can find links to local agencies and programs to help with food, housing, and educational needs.
The Aggie Blue to Gold Financial Wellness Program page also links to Aggie Compass Basic Needs Center where students can find resources and assistance programs to help meet their basic needs. There are housing lists, job search tips, budgeting tips, mental health awareness information, and helpful articles. Students can apply to have a Basic Needs Resource Plan assessment done. There are plenty of workshops and crisis intervention resources for students. Students can donate or volunteer, too.
The average student at University of California-Davis pays
University of California-Davis's financial aid meets
of student's demonstrated need
At University of California-Davis
of freshmen receive some form of financial aid
The average University of California-Davis merit scholarship for students without financial need is
The University of California Davis offers incoming students many opportunities for merit-based scholarships. Students who only want to be considered for these types of scholarship and awards will not have to fill out the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application. However, since there are scholarships that may have a financial need component, the university encourages students to fill out those forms, too.
Prospective freshman applicants will not need to fill out a separate application. Their admissions application will serve as their scholarship application for merit-based UCD students. These applications must be received by November 30th. Returning undergraduate students must reapply each year to be continuously considered for merit scholarship opportunities. Applications are due during the Fall semester before the year they are applying for.
The Regents Scholarship Award is awarded selectively to high achieving incoming freshman and juniors. It is awarded based on academic and personal achievements. Students must continue to meet requirements in order to be eligible for this prestigious award. The award is generally a $7,500 award and is sometimes accompanied by a financial need stipend component.
The Provost Award is awarded based on merit to high achieving students from California and in the amount of $13,250 per year. Students must maintain academic and enrollment requirements for continued eligibility.
Additional merit endowed scholarships are available through the various colleges within UCD including the College of Agricultural and Environmental Studies, the College of Biological Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the College of Letters and Science. There are also merit scholarships that are specialized and for students meeting certain eligibility called Restricted Scholarships and those that are Unrestricted Scholarships.
Prestigious Scholarships including National and International Prestigious Awards are available on an academic merit basis. In order to be considered for the many Prestigious Scholarship Awards available, students will need to fill out the Prestigious Scholarship Award Applicant Profile Form. Students will list the specific Prestigious Scholarships that they are interested in applying for on this form. In order to remain eligible for these opportunities, students must make sure they maintain a strong GPA and demonstrate leadership outside of the classroom. Additional opportunities may be available for specific disciplines and areas of study such students interested in public service or STEM careers or those wishing to study abroad.
The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships offers detailed information and four year planning schedules to help students map out their academic careers when receiving and utilizing such Prestigious Scholarship opportunities.
Very few students pay the full price. Here's the average cost for students in different income brackets:
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The average student at University of California-Davis takes out
in student loans
The student loan repayment rate at University of California-Davis is
after five years
after seven years
At University of California-Davis
after three years
The average starting salary for a University of California-Davis graduate is
After graduation, here's how the average salary at University of California-Davis grows over time:
University of California-Davis's full cost of attendance has increased an average of
per year since 2014
University of California-Davis's average net price has increased an average of
per year since 2014
Given past trends, we expect University of California-Davis's tuition pricing to be the following: