You Can Afford UC Riverside

More than 86 percent of UCR undergraduate students receive financial aid; and 70 percent of those who receive it have their full fees covered by grants and/or scholarships. UCR students who borrow federal loans graduate with an average student loan debt of $21,500 — just one-fifth of the actual total cost of tuition and housing. 

How Much Does UCR Cost?

2018–19 Estimated Costs for Undergraduates
Total $26,452 $36,652  $30,427 $30,552
Tuition and Fees* $15,602 $15,602  $15,602 $15,602
Room and Board $6,375 $17,475  $10,500 $10,625
Books/Supplies $1,400 $1,400 $1,400  $1,400
Transportation $1,475 $650  $1,250 $1,250
Personal Expenses $1,600 $1,525  $1,675 $1,675

*Tuition and fees are estimates, and are subject to Regental approval. Fees are as of August 2018, and are subject to change.

Non-Resident Tuition and Fees: $44,594 Undergraduates ($15,602 Tuition and Fees + $28,992 Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition)

New freshmen only: Add the $270 mandatory Highlander Orientation Fee to the total.

New transfers only: Add the $90 mandatory Highlander Orientation Fee to the total.

All new students: Add the $165 One-Time Document Fee to the total.


UC Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP)
Estimated SHIP = $1,775
Fees including SHIP = $15,602
Fees if SHIP is waived = $13,827

SHIP is a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan, which means that students have access to a network of participating doctors, hospitals and other health care providers. SHIP also includes dental and vision care. The plan provider is Personal Insurance Administrators (PIA), and it is underwritten by AIG.

A UCR Education is Worth the Investment!

UCR students graduate with a salary potential in the top 7 percent of 568 leading national public universities.


UC Riverside Graduate Starting Median Salary


UC Riverside Graduate Mid-Career Median Salary

Boost Your Earning Potential

A college degree is worth over a million dollars more in lifetime earnings than a high school diploma. Your education is worth it.

High School Graduates
$1.2 million

Bachelor’s Degree
$2.1 million

Master’s Degree
$2.5 million

Doctoral Degrees
$3.4 million

Professional Degree
$4.4 million

Source: US Census Bureau

Average Weekly Earnings by Degree Level

Earnings are based on full-time wage and salary workers age 25 and over in the United States.


High School Diploma


Doctoral Degrees


Bachelor's Degree


Professional Degree


Master's Degree