University of California 2010 Accountability Report

Indicator 14
Total Cost of Attendance, UC and Comparison Institutions, 2002-03 to 2008-09

Data visualization. please download the source data for accessible information.

The total cost of attending college includes tuition and fees, as well as living expenses, books and supplies, transportation, health insurance and personal expenses.

As this graph shows, the total cost of attendance has risen over the past six years at UC, other AAU publics and AAU private institutions alike.

In 2008-09, the University's total cost of attendance for California resident undergraduates was $25,071; fees comprised 32 percent of this amount.

The University will continue to carefully monitor its total cost of attendance compared to its peer institutions.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Institutional Characteristics Survey.

Figures represent the total price of attendance for full-time students living on-campus - the typical living arrangement for entering freshmen at UC and comparison institutions. For UC and public comparison institutions, the price of attendance includes the tuition & fees charged to in-state students. While these costs represent the published price of attendance each institution reported to IPEDS, it should be noted that institutions take very different approaches to setting allowances for books, room and board, transportation, healthcare and other expenses. Therefore, differences in institutions' cost allowances cannot necessarily be attributed to actual differences in costs to students.

Costs are expressed in constant 2008 dollars. Inflationary adjustments relied on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage-earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).

You may view or download a table of the raw data used to generate these charts in CSV files, which can be opened in spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice.