financial aid

UC Merced is the #1 public university in the nation for the percentage of undergraduates who receive need-based aid.

- U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings, 2020

No. 43 for "Best Bang for the Buck" in the Western United States

- Washington Monthly’s 2021 College Guide and Rankings

2021-22 cost of attendance*

California resident tuition and fees: $13,538

Room and board (on campus, average): $18,887

Books and supplies (estimate): $1,073

Transportation (estimate): $779

Personal expenses (estimate): $1,703

Health insurance**: $2,498

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* 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. Nonresidents will pay an additional $29,754 in tuition.

** The campus medical health insurance charge will be waived for students who provide proof of a comparable health insurance plan.

Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

California Dream Act Application

UC Merced's school code for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is 041271.

Estimate your financial aid award offer


of UC Merced students received financial aid in 2020-21



was the average annual gift aid offered to eligible UC Merced students in 2020-21

#4 in the U.S. for Social Mobility and #8 in the U.S. for economic diversity of its Students

- U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings, 2022