May 30, 2024  
2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fees and Expenses

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Average Annual Expenses (Estimates Only)

The range of estimated nine-month expenses, including fees, for students attending UC Merced during the 2018-19 academic year is shown below. Cost-of-living expenses are adjusted annually and fees are subject to change. These figures are only a guide in computing average expenses, and your own living expenses may differ somewhat from these. If you will need funds beyond those that you and your family can provide, you should apply for financial aid well in advance of registration.

Student Status Living Arrangement 9-Month Expenses

Undergraduate (CA resident*) On-campus $35,419.00

  Off-campus $27,805.00

  At Home $26,355.00

Nonresident undergraduate students should add $28,992 and nonresident graduate students should add $15,102 for nonresident supplemental tuition.

2018-19 Fee Schedule

Note: Fees shown are per semester

Undergraduates Residents Nonresidents

Tuition $5,721.00 $5,721.00

Student Services Fee $564.00 $564.00

Health Services Fee $50.00 $50.00

Transportation Fee $87.50 $87.50

Student Life Fee $15.00 $15.00

Associated Students Fee $65.68 $65.68

Recreation Fee $146.00 $146.00

Intercollegiate Athletics Fee $75.00 $75.00

Campus Activities Board Fee



Early Childhood Education Center Fee



Nonresident Supplemental Tuition N/A $14,496.00

TOTAL $6,769.18* $21,265.18*


Graduates Residents Nonresidents

Tuition $5,721.00 $5,721.00

Student Services Fee $564.00 $564.00

Health Services Fee $50.00 $50.00

Transportation Fee $87.50 $87.50

Student Life Fee $15.00 $15.00

Graduate Student Association Fee $10.00 $10.00

Recreation Fee $146.00 $146.00

Early Childhood Education Center Fee



Nonresident Supplemental Tuition N/A $7,551.00

TOTAL $6,603.50* $14,154.50*

* Total does not include cost of health insurance, if purchased.

Fee Disclaimer

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.

Explanation of Fees

The following are mandatory campus-based fees. They are charged to every registered student, without regard to the student’s use or non-use of the related services.

Health Services Fee: Supports the Student Health Center, the on-campus medical facility.
Transportation Fee: Supports CatTracks and parking infrastructure.
Student Life Fee: Supports educational, social, multicultural, and skill building activities and events that aid in the growth and development of students.
Associated Students Fee: A different amount for undergraduate and graduate students, this mandatory fee supports student government associations.
Recreation Fee: Supports the recreation center and related sports activities.
Intercollegiate Athletics Fee: Supports competitive sports on campus. It also supports existing club sport teams and the intermural sports program.
Campus Activities Board Fee: Supports events and operations of the Campus Activities Board, which was created to provide a variety of entertainment, co-curricular programming, and social activities for the UC Merced student body.
Early Childhood Education Center Fee: Supports the Early Childhood Education Center, the on-campus childcare facility.

Student Health Insurance

As a non-academic condition of enrollment, all students must purchase Student Health Insurance (SHIP) or request a waiver of this fee. The fall SHIP provides coverage from August through December; the spring SHIP provides coverage from January through mid-August. The fall 2018 undergraduate fee is $936.72, and the graduate fee is $1,148.64. The spring 2019 undergraduate fee is $1,311.40, and the graduate fee is $1,608.10. Students who wish to cover spouses, domestic partners or children should contact Health Services at for rates.

Course Materials and Services Fees

Students in some courses may be charged fees for the use, rental or consumption of materials, tools or equipment, or for the costs of materials or services necessary to provide a special supplemental educational experience. For example, course materials and services fees may cover the cost of chemicals and glassware for a science laboratory or art supplies for a studio course. They also might cover film rentals, field trips or the purchase/rental of specific equipment.

Reduced Student Fees for UC Employees

Reduced student fees are available to UC career employees and certain UC retirees who are eligible for admission to the university. Once admitted, the employee must file a petition for the reduction in fees before each semester of enrollment. Employees pay one-third of the full-time student services fee and one-third of full-time tuition. No campus based fees are charged and the related services are not available to employees. Employees may enroll for up to nine (9) units or three (3) courses per semester, whichever provides the greater benefit to the employee. Employees who are eligible to receive reduced fees under this policy are not eligible to receive an additional reduction in fees under the policy on Part-Time Study.

Part-Time Study

Students approved for enrollment on a part-time basis pay the same student services fee as full-time students, but pay only one-half of full-time tuition. Undergraduate students must file a petition for part-time study with the Office of the Registrar. Graduate students must file their petition with the Division of Graduate Studies. For more information on the eligibility requirements for part-time study, please see the Enrollment  section of this catalog.

Fee Assessment and Billing

Undergraduate or Graduate student fees are assessed following course registration. You must register for courses first so that fees can be assessed. You are then responsible for paying the assessed fees by the fee payment deadline.

Note: the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) fee is due and payable, unless waived, at the same time registration fees are due.

Electronic billing statements are published the first business day of each month. Your billing statement will list recent charges and credits (payments). If you are a financial aid recipient, aid will automatically be applied to allowable charges on your account and any excess will be refunded to you.

If you register just prior to the semester fee payment deadline, do not wait for a billing statement before paying your fees.  Fees are due and payable by the published deadline whether or not a billing statement has been produced for you.

You are responsible for the timely payment of any charges not covered by financial aid.

What if I am late with a payment?

The following will occur when a payment is late:

  • A late fee will be charged;
  • A hold will be placed on your account restricting your ability to access services, such as subsequent term registration, transcripts, etc.;
  • You may be dropped from your courses for non-payment;
  • Per section 15 of the Housing contract, the University may initiate termination of tenancy proceedings, which can lead to eviction.

Payment Methods


Payment can be made online at myBill using electronic check or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). A convenience fee is charged on all payments made via credit card.


Students can pay by cash or check in person at Campus Cashiering Services, located in the Kolligian Library next to the Students First Center. Their hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday.


Make your check payable to the UC Regents and note your student ID number in the memo field of the check. Mail the check to the following address:

University of California, Merced
Campus Cashiering Services
P.O. Box 2450
Merced, CA 95344

Deferred Payment Plan (DPP)

The Deferred Payment Plan (DPP) offers students the option to pay registration fees and student housing charges (if applicable) in four monthly installments per semester. Students receiving sufficient financial aid to cover their registration fees and housing charges do not qualify for the plan. To qualify for the UC Merced DPP, you must have a semester account balance of $500 or greater after any authorized financial aid has been posted to your student account. Also, you cannot have a prior semester balance and enroll in the current semester DPP. The amount eligible for the plan will be due in four equal installments as noted below.

The University charges a non-refundable participation fee of $40 per semester. DPP enrollment must be requested each semester. A fall DPP enrollment does not carry over to the spring semester.

Due dates for DPP installment payments are:

  Fall 2018 Semester Spring 2019 Semester

First Installment August 15, 2018 January 16, 2019

Second Installment September 20, 2018 February 20, 2019

Third Installment October 22, 2018 March 20, 2019

Fourth Installment November 20, 2018 April 22, 2019

For more information about the DPP, please visit the DPP website at

Returned Check Policy

The University accepts personal checks as payment on student accounts. However, the University charges a $20 Returned Check Fee when a check is not honored by the payer’s bank. The University will refuse to accept a personal check from a student who is a repeat offender. Any student who has more than two unpaid checks returned to the University is placed on a cash-only basis for all future transactions (i.e. cash, cashier’s check, money order, or online credit card payment).

Cancellation, Withdrawal and Fee Reversals

To cancel registration before the first day of instruction or to withdraw from the University on or after the first day of instruction, you must complete a Cancellation/Withdrawal form and return the form to the Students First Center. If you do not submit a Cancellation/Withdrawal form, you will be liable for fees according to University policy. It is very important that you contact the Students First Center and initiate withdrawal/leave of absence procedures even if your fees are fully paid by financial aid or other programs. Failing to do so may result in you owing money to the University.

The effective date for determining a fee reversal is the date a completed Cancellation/Withdrawal form is received by the Students First Center. Upon submitting a Cancellation/Withdrawal form a student enrolled in courses will be dropped from those courses.

The percentage of fees that may be reversed is determined by the number of calendar days (not instruction days) elapsed, beginning with the first day of instruction for the semester.

Failure to submit a Cancellation/Withdrawal form: If you are not a financial aid recipient and you fail to submit a Cancellation/Withdrawal form to the Students First Center, you will be presumed to have attended school the entire semester and full fees will be due. If you are a financial aid recipient, you must contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for information on how this will affect you.

The $250 deposit paid with the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) is not refundable.

Any full or partial reversal of housing charges is made in accordance with the housing contract. Please refer to your contract for information related to contract cancellation.

Fee Reversal Schedule

New Students Who Receive Title IV Federal Financial Assistance and Withdraw During their First Academic Term:


0-7 days 100%

8-14 days 90%

15-28 days 80%

29-35 days 70%

36-49 days 60%

50-56 days 50%

57-63 days 40%

64 days or more 0%

All other students:


0-1 days 100%

2-11 days 90%

12-27 days 50%

28-53 days  25%

54 days or more 0%

Federal regulations require UC Merced to calculate the amount of federal financial aid that has been “earned” for all students who are receiving financial aid and withdraw from UC Merced during a semester. If the student withdraws prior to completing 60 percent of the semester, a pro-rated portion of the aid must be returned to the funding agency. The student’s account will be billed for any aid returned.

Reversal of Health Insurance Fee

All students will be assessed the student health insurance fee. If students cancel all course registration on or before the first day of instruction, you are entitled to a full reversal of this fee. Insurance fees will not be reversed after the first day of instruction and coverage remains in effect until the date specified by the insurance plan.

Other Charge Reversals

Charges other than the student services fee, tuition, nonresident supplemental tuition and campus-based fees are reversed according to guidelines and schedules published by the appropriate department.