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Participating in the UCDC program is as affordable as a regular semester at UC Merced.


UCDC Semester Expenses
Tuition and Fees $6799
Health Insurance (SHIP) $1121
Housing  $4806
Books and Supplies $500
Personal Expenses, including food $3000
Transportation (includes round-trip airfare) $1400
Total $17,626
UC Merced Semester Expenses*
Tuition and Fees $6799
Health Insurance (SHIP) $1121
Room and board (on campus) $8227
Books and Supplies $503
Personal Expenses $833
Transportation (on campus) $226
Total $17,709

* Based on 2018-2019 standard cost of attendance for on-campus undergraduate California residents.

Housing Deposit

If you are accepted into the UCDC program, a $500 housing deposit will be due at the first scheduled orientation session. Your deposit will not be returned to if you decide to leave the program.

Financial Aid

The financial aid office will take into account the higher housing cost, airline tickets, and even the possibility that you may need to buy business attire when developing your financial aid package.

Participants also have the opportunity to compete for the Matsui Foundation Fellowship .hose who are granted the Fellowship receives a $2,000 stipend and personal guidance and aid for a Capitol Hill internship placement.