Jul 22, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog 
2024-2025 Catalog

Fees and Expenses

Student Billing Services

Phone: 209-228-4114
Email: sbs@ucmerced.edu
Web: studentbilling.ucmerced.edu



Average Annual Expenses (Estimates Only)

The range of estimated nine-month expenses, including fees, for students attending UC Merced during the 2024-25 academic year is shown below. Cost-of-living expenses are adjusted annually. 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. More information about Cost of Attendance can be found here: financialaid.ucmerced.edu/cost-attendance.

Student Status Living Arrangement 9-Month Expenses

Undergraduate (CA resident*) On-campus $44,010.00

  Off-campus $37,100.00

  At Home $32,378.00

Nonresident students should add  nonresident supplemental tuition as indicated in the Fee Schedule, below.

2024-25 Fee Schedule

Note: Fees shown are per semester



Undergraduates–Cohort 2021-22 Residents Nonresidents

Tuition $5,721.00 $5,721.00

Student Services Fee $564.00 $564.00

Campus Based Fees–see below $593.68 $593.68

Nonresident Supplemental Tuition



TOTAL $6,878.68* $21,755.68*


Undergraduates–Cohort 2022-23 Residents Nonresidents

Tuition $5,964.00 $5,964.00

Student Services Fee $588.00 $588.00

Campus Based Fees–see below $593.68 $593.68

Nonresident Supplemental Tuition



TOTAL $7,145.68* $22,658.68*


Undergraduates–Cohort 2023-24 Residents Nonresidents

Tuition $6,261.00 $6,261.00

Student Services Fee $615.00 $615.00

Campus Based Fees–see below $593.68 $593.68

Nonresident Supplemental Tuition



TOTAL $7,469.68* $23,756.68*


Undergraduates–Cohort 2024-25 Residents Nonresidents




Student Services Fee



Campus Based Fees–see below



Nonresident Supplemental Tuition






Undergraduate Campus Based Fees – included above


Health Services Fee


Transportation Fee


Student Life Fee


Associated Students Fee


Recreation Fee


Intercollegiate Athletics Fee


Campus Activities Board Fee


Early Childhood Education Center Fee


Law Clinic Fee


Student Involvement Fee


Social Justice Initiatives and Identity Programs Fee


Retention Programs and Services Fee


Recreation Facility Expansion and Enhancement Fee





Graduates 2024-25

Graduates Residents Nonresidents

Tuition $6,381.00 $6,381.00

Student Services Fee $627.00 $627.00

Campus Based Fees–see below $368.50 $368.50

Nonresident Supplemental Tuition N/A $7,551.00

TOTAL $7,376.50* $14,927.50*


Graduate Campus Based Fees – included above


Health Services Fee


Transportation Fee


Student Life Fee


Graduate Student Association Fee


Recreation Fee


Early Childhood Education Center Fee


Recreation Facility Expansion and Enhancement Fee




*Total does not include cost of health insurance, if purchased. Total also does not include Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition charged by applicable programs and non-mandatory systemwide University fees. 

Fee Disclaimer

Figures for tuition and fees represent currently approved or proposed amounts and may not be final. Some or all instruction for all or part of the Academic Year may be delivered remotely. Tuition and fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the Academic Year. Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California as determined to be necessary or appropriate.  Final approved tuition and fee levels may differ from the amounts presented.

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.
UG Intercollegiate Athletics Fee: Supports competitive sports on campus. It also supports existing club sport teams and the intermural sports program.
UG 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. 
UG Law Clinic Fee: Expands the capacity of the Law Clinic to provide undergraduate students exclusively with access to legal resources and referrals. 
UG Student Involvement Fee: Supports the Office of Student Involvement in providing undergraduate students with access to official storage, equipment, digital signage, funding, certificates and professional development training, summer programming and additional student employment opportunities.
UG Social Justice Initiatives and Identity Programs Fee: Supports culturally responsive student support practices.
UG Retention Programs and Services: Supports the Calvin E. Bright Success Center in providing programs and/or services that address retention for at-risk students.
Recreation Facility Expansion and Enhancement Fee: Supports the expanded recreation facilities and operations. 

The following are non-mandatory systemwide University fees.  They are charged to every student who does not choose to opt out of paying the respective fee by the campus-imposed deadline.  These fees are only charged in the fall and spring terms in the amount of $3.50 per term.

UC Student Association (UCSA) Systemwide Fee: charged only to UG students for support of the UCSA.
UC Graduate and Professional Council (UCGPC) Systemwide Fee: charged only to GR students for support of the UCGPC.

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 2024 undergraduate fee is $1,108.90, and the graduate fee is $2,026.52. The spring 2025 undergraduate fee is $1,552.46, and the graduate fee is $2,837.13. Students who wish to cover spouses, domestic partners or children should contact Health Services at health@ucmerced.edu 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.

Student Tuition and Fee Waivers

Tuition and Registration Fee Waivers

Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition Waivers

  • AB 540 exemption
  • T or U Visa Holders
  • Spouse, Registered Domestic Partner, or Child of Deceased Law Enforcement Officer or Firefighter
  • Veterans and Eligible Dependents 
  • Foster Youth

California Veterans Fee Waiver

Tuition Waiver for Survivors of Fallen Federal Firefighters (AB 2554)

For details and eligibility requirements for the above-mentioned exemptions and waivers, please visit the UCOP website.

Other Fee Waivers

Health Insurance Waiver: Any student already covered by a health insurance plan who does not wish to be enrolled in UC SHIP, can request a waiver by submitting an online waiver application during the waiver period.

Resident Advisor Housing and Meal Waivers: Must be a full-time student and meet certain requirements to apply for a Resident Assistant position. If eligible, a waiver for room and board will be given for the duration of the position. 

New Student Orientation Fee Waiver: Must contact the Orientation department and apply for the waiver. To qualify, a student must be a financial aid recipient with an Expected Family Contribution of zero. 

Application Fee Waivers

  • Undergraduate Application Fee Waiver: The UC will waive application fees for up to four campuses for qualified students who otherwise would be unable to apply for admission. To be accepted, a student must meet specific requirements related to family income and size. 
  • Graduate Application Fee Waiver: Available for eligible U.S. citizens or permanent residents based on program participation or demonstrated financial need. 

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 fee will be charged
  • A hold will be placed on your account restricting your ability to access services, such as subsequent term registration
  • You may be dropped from your courses for non-payment
  • Per 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 Room 140 of the Ruiz Administration Building 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 2024 Semester Spring 2025 Semester

First Installment August 21, 2024 January 15, 2025

Second Installment September 20, 2024 February 20, 2025

Third Installment October 21, 2024 March 20, 2025

Fourth Installment November 20, 2024 April 21, 2025

For more information about the DPP, please visit the DPP website at studentbilling.ucmerced.edu/billing-payments/deferred-payment-plan

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 non-sufficient funds checks returned to the University is placed on a cash-only basis for one year (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 Leaving UC Merced form is submitted.

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, 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. More information about withdrawing and financial aid can be found here: financialaid.ucmerced.edu/withdrawing.

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. Students who cancel all course registration on or before the first day of instruction 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.