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Cost of Attendance 2015-16

The table below provides estimated budgets for the nine-month academic year. The figures may not be final; actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California or, as authorized, by the President of the University of California. Please check here for current figures.

Note that non-California residents and international students pay the regular tuition/fees plus supplemental nonresident tuition. Nonresident students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are expected to establish California residency for tuition purposes during their first year in the program to avoid owing supplemental tuition during their second year.

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Estimated 2015-16 Cost of Attendance for MFA Students

Budget category Living with parents On campus Off campus
Tuition and fees for California resident $16,435 $16,435 $16,435
   UC tuition/fees: $12,804
   UCSD campus fees: $779 *
   UCSD health insurance fee: $3,414
Housing and Meals ** $4,698 $12,300 $16,713
Books and supplies $1,452 $1,452 $1,452
Transportation * $2,552 $2,552 $2,552
Personal expenses $2,148 $2,151 $2,148
Basic budget totals
for California residents
$27,285 $34,890 $39,300
Additional estimated costs for non-California residents
Nonresident supplemental tuition $15,102 $15,102 $15,102
Basic budget totals
for non-California residents
$42,387 $49,992 $54,402

* MFA students are eligible to receive a regional transit pass (U-Pass) that gives unlimited ridership during the fall, winter and spring quarters on mass transit bus, trolley and light rail routes in the San Diego region provided by the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and the North County Transit District (NCTD), with some exclusions. 

** Admitted students are eligible to apply for campus housing


September 1, 2016
Application period opens

December 15, 2016
@ 11:59pm Pacific
Application period closes

February-March 2017
Decision notifications emailed

September 2017
Program begins

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