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5 Facts About University of California Affordability

While it’s no secret that student loan debt is on the rise across the nation, a University of California degree remains one of the best investments you can make in your future. With that in mind, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships would like to share the following Five Facts about University of California Affordability:

  1. Over 50% of all CA resident undergraduates receive grants and scholarships (“gift aid”) that cover 100% of their systemwide tuition and fees.

  2. UC continues to enroll a much higher percentage of low-income Pell Grant recipients than comparable universities. Last year, 39% of UC students received Pell Grants. In contrast, the estimated percentage at other AAU public institutions was less than 25%, and less than 20% at AAU private institutions.

  3. Nearly half of UC’s 2010-11 graduating class had no student loan debt. The 51% who did borrow had average debt of about $17,700, well below the national average of about $25,000.

  4. UC students’ average debt can be repaid with monthly payments of about $200 – less than 6% of their estimated average starting salary – based on a standard 10-year payment plan. Income-based payment plans are available for students with unusually high debt or low income.

  5. After taking grants and scholarships into account, the average net tuition paid by all UC students was about $4,400 in 2010-11 – lower than at many comparable public research universities.